Wildlife Society honors Jim Evans with Lifetime Achievement Award

When CSCC alum Jim Evans enrolled at Cleveland State Community College years ago, he didn’t realize that would be the first step to a productive career in wildlife resources. Fast forward a few decades, and Evans is the recent winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon a wildlife professional for outstanding contributions to their field within the state of Tennessee over the course of their career. Awardees may be practitioners in research, education, management, conservation, law enforcement or legislation, but must have demonstrated excellence in their field related to wildlife in the state of Tennessee over the course of their career.

“I would recommend CSCC to anyone, particularly if you are undecided about a career choice, but if you have a passion for hunting, fishing or any kind of wildlife resources, CSCC is a great place to start. You can get your fundamentals, your gen ed (general education) classes at the same time you are getting involved with Robert Brewer and CSCC’s Wildlife Society.”

“Jim was always willing to give students a chance to experience hands-on learning on various hunts at Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area,” stated Robert Brewer, associate professor of biology/wildlife society advisor. “He began his college career at Cleveland State long before we had a wildlife program, and was very willing to allow CSCC students to work various hunts at Oak Ridge WMA when we did start a program. He also spent many days teaching the animal damage control segment of our Introduction to Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries course. Jim was truly an asset to the TWRA and to the students he helped over the years.”

For over three decades, Jim Evans managed the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area while working for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. After a successful 38-year career with TWRA, he retired in 2016 and began full time trapping work at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. His work at Y-12 is of national importance. He has made numerous scientific contributions during his tenure, which can be found in journal articles, reports and other documents on a range of topics from songbirds to deer-vehicle collisions. He has conducted Partners in Flight breeding bird surveys on the ORR site since their inception in 1995, and in 2014, Evans co-wrote an 80-page technical manuscript documenting a rare species of birds ever known to have occurred on the ORR. In 2015, his work on early succession habitat for migratory birds garnered a winning final-four submittal put forth by the U.S. DOE for the Presidential Migratory Bird Award.

Despite his many academic achievements, Evans said the most rewarding part of his career was meeting his wife, Margaret Murray-Evans.

“My career has been very interesting and a lot of fun,” said Evans. “But, more importantly, I was able to meet my wife in this profession. Her family hunted and fished. It takes a lot to be married to someone in this profession. You can sometimes have very odd hours and odd schedules, working nights, weekends and holidays, but my wife and my daughter, Erin, and our families have been very supportive.”

Evans said other than mandatory meetings and trainings, FWF professionals are able to make their own schedule.

“If you are doing your job right, nobody says anything. I know officers with TWRA that have started projects like hunting and fishing clubs and other projects in school systems on their own initiative. The TWRA will not stand in your way if this is something you want to do. I remember asking my supervisor if I could do something one time, and he said, ‘Of course you can. My problem is getting people to work; I’m not going to stand in the way of people who want to do it. Just do it.”’

Looking back on his career, Evans can’t help but think of the strange animals that people have tried to keep as pets. From, snakes to lions and even alligators, he has had to deal with them all.

“I have had to go deal with issues like that. Every law enforcement officer has had those kinds of stories. I had a call one time that a guy was keeping a cobra inside his house. He called to ask if I knew of a veterinarian who could remove the snake’s poison glands. When people want to keep these weird animals as pets — I just find that so bizarre.”

Because of the significant growth in the Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries program, the college has chosen to add a new faculty member to this program that will allow more course offerings. The FWF program is a transfer program that allows students the opportunity to work with professionals from several state, federal, and private entities during their first two years of college. During their time in this program, students will be able to explore the variety of jobs associated with the Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries field.

CSCC is the only two-year school in Tennessee with a student chapter of The Wildlife Society. Membership in this student chapter allows students to meet with and compete against senior institutions. It also allows students to meet with and discuss their future with advisors from senior institutions.

The college’s Wildlife Society just returned from a Student Wildlands Adventure Program that allowed students to go to New Mexico. This is one of the programs run through the new Greg A. Vital Center for Natural Resources and Conservation, the first named academic program at the college.

For more information on CSCC’s FWF programs or the CSCC Wildlife Society, contact Brewer at 423-473-2342 or by email at rbrewer@clevelandstatecc.edu.

CSCC’s Wildlife Society during a recent trip to New Mexico with the Student Wildlands Adventure Program.

Adams State University and CSU sign MOU to provide agriculture education

Adams State University and Colorado State University are launching a new degree program in agriculture.  The partnership allows Adams State to offer San Luis Valley-area students the opportunity to study agriculture without leaving their home community by offering agriculture-related courses from CSU, a leading national research university. The program will prepare students for careers on a farm or ranch, or in an agriculture-related business.

Adams State University President Berverlee McClure and Colorado State University President Tony Frank shake hands after signing the MOU that launches a new degree program in agriculture.

Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure and Colorado State University President Tony Frank.

Well-built foundation in agricultural sciences

“We are very excited about this program and for the opportunity to further serve the educational needs of the San Luis Valley. Our new program will give students a well-built foundation in agricultural sciences,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure.

The program combines face-to-face courses on the Adams State campus with online courses offered through CSU Online. CSU coursework will transfer to Adams State toward a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: General Agriculture. Students may select from two concentrations, biology and business.

Leveraging strengths

“As the state’s land-grant university, Colorado State has a strong commitment to agricultural research and education focused on feeding our planet,” said Colorado State University President Tony Frank. “Adams State, with its rich regional university tradition, is located in one of the state’s most important agricultural regions. We’re enormously proud to bring these campuses together to leverage our strengths and provide the opportunity of agricultural education to a greater number of talented Colorado students.”

Courses offered by CSU include soil and crop science, horticulture, weed and pest management, irrigation, water conservation and greenhouse management. Business and biology courses, as well as general education requirements, will be offered at Adams State.

Requirements for the biology concentration include Plant Physiology, Genetics and Evolution. The business concentration includes courses in agribusiness, natural resources/water law and farm and ranch management.

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Students will be advised by Adams State faculty Zena Buser, professor of business administration, and Kristy Duran, associate professor of biology.

Adams State Guaranteed Tuition (the same rate for four years) applies to ASU courses and tuition for CSU Online courses will be discounted for ASU students.

For more information, visit www.adams.edu/ag.

Success stories abound at adult education graduation

Lori Hooper pushed herself, then pushed her husband. On Thursday night, the spotlight shown on both of them.

Lori spoke as Class of 2017 representative and James wore three cords over his black gown to signify that he was an honor student. They were two of 65 graduates of the West Central Texas Adult Education program who commenced to what’s next in their lives after a ceremony at Abilene High School.

The auditorium was full of family, friends and others who, as speaker Royce Curtis noted, supported their efforts to complete their secondary education. Some already have taken the next step in their education by enrolling, for example, at Texas State Technical College.

Lori Hooper would’ve graduated from AHS in 1996 and James from Eastland High School in 1999.

“Just a mistake,” she said about not finishing school.

They have been married for 17 years and have five children and two grandchildren. In part to inspire their kids to finish their schooling in a more timely manner, the couple attended to their own unfinished business.

“We are trying to encourage them,” James Hooper said.

Lori Hooper went first, starting classes in March 2016.

“It was a little hard,” she said. “I had high hopes of encouraging my husband and our kids.”

James Hooper entered classes in November and, he admitted, whizzed through the courses. To gain a general educational development (GED) certificate, a student must pass four areas of study — math, science, social studies and what’s called reasoning through language arts. The minimum test score is 145; James Hooper scored above 165 in three of the areas to earn his cords of honors.

“Not math,” he said, laughing.

“I am so proud of him,” Lori Hooper said.

She is at TSTC to study database and web programming; he’s there, too, in the culinary program.

“He’s a great cook,” she said.

“More fun than tile laying,” he said.

Lori Hooper spoke before the large gathering, thanking GED teacher Sherry Spaar specifically and others more broadly for “helping us reach a long-awaited goal.”

Special honorees were Brahima Coulibaly, English as a Second Language Award; Stephanie Cosner, Jessica Holt and Josh Recek, Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education awards; and Manuel Basio of Brownwood, student of the year.

The Abilene Community Band, for the 38th year, performed at the commencement, playing “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduates-to-be came in single file. The crowd whooped, hollered and took photos on smartphones. Celebratory balloons and flowers could be seen.

One student, it was noted, took a final test Thursday morning in Fort Worth. The student passed and was back in Abilene for graduation.

On stage were Abilene ISD Superintendent David Young, Deputy Superintendent Gail Gregg and four of seven AISD board members. The adult education program, though covering 19 counties, is administered by the local school district.

Curtis joked that he taught longer (35 years) than many of the graduates have been alive, He was back home, having served as principal at Abilene High for 14 years before retiring in 2010.

He said called the ceremony a beginning and many doors now will be open to graduates.

He listed four keys to success:

  • You can’t do it alone
  • Get over your mistakes, we all make them
  • Work hard and avoid shortcuts
  • Never quit

The graduates did these things to get to Thursday night, he said, and he challenged them to continue this path as they walk through the doors now open to them.




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Dual enrollment programs growing at UNG, Lanier Tech

More Georgia high school students are going to college, taking advantage of a new program that lets them enroll in tuition-free college courses earning high school and college credit simultaneously.

Charles Bell, dual enrollment coordinator at the University of North Georgia, said the school is seeing an “uptick” in dual enrollment students because of Senate Bill 2, which passed in 2015 and is part of Georgia’s Move On When Ready program.

Bell said the program allows students who have completed their sophomore year in high school to leave the high school setting and come to college full time and earn credits toward college and high school requirements. Seven UNG students earned an associate degree through the program while also graduating from high school. Bell said all of the students earned at least 60 hours of college credit, and a couple of the students had more than 70 credit hours.

“I do think it’s a good thing,” Bell said. “They’re learning time management and study skills. The confidence they gain is just going to be invaluable.”

Total enrollment in all dual credit programs at UNG was 888 students for the 2016-17 school year, up from 657 students a year ago.

While there haven’t yet been any graduates in the Move On When Ready program at Lanier Tech, Nancy Beaver, vice president for student affairs, expects that to come soon. Lanier Tech had 453 dual enrollment students in 2016-17, up from 372 the previous year. Lanier Tech is drawing students for the program from Gainesville City Schools and Hall, Forsyth, Barrow, Jackson and Dawson counties and some of the Mountain Education Centers in the state, Beaver added.

“We are primarily seeing a lot of growth in our core courses, our (general education) program which allows students to get their freshman year courses out of the way while still in high school,” Beaver said “We are also seeing people in the welding program, and those that are in some of our health occupation programs.”

Both Beaver and Bell said the fact that Move On When Ready students can attend college with free tuition and books without affecting Hope Scholarship credits is another reason more students are enrolling.

“It’s tuition free and book free for students, and it allows them to get college credit while still in high school,” Beaver said. “As long as they’re in the Move On When Ready, they’re not using their Hope credits. After graduation (from the two-year program), they still have their Hope credits.”
Bell said said there are some fees students have to pay, but those typically cost no more than $150.

He stressed, however, that the full-time program is not for everyone.

“You have to be socially ready, as well as academically ready,” he said. “I tell parents it has to be the right fit. I never want to see a child forced into doing dual enrollment. These are their formative years where they’re learning how to become an adult. You don’t want to force somebody to do something just because the parent wants them to do something because it’s free.”

Some students choose to go to college part time while continuing some classes in their local high school, rather than be in college full time.

“It is a very difficult thing to do,” Bell said of full-time dual enrollment. “That means you are leaving high school and you are taking full-time status. Only a very select amount of students are ready to take on a full college load.”

No high school diploma? You’ve got options!

Liv Ames for EdSource

May 25, 2017

If you’re done with high school, or about to be, and were unable to graduate, don’t give up. You can still get a high school diploma whether you dropped out or did not have enough course credits. Or you can pursue your education goals at a community college without one.

It will take dedication and a commitment on your part. How much time it will take will depend on how much work you have to make up — and how much energy you are willing to put it into it to make it happen.

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But it is worth the effort — and never too late.  A high school diploma is your passport to a more interesting and better-paying job. Those who do not complete high school will earn, on average, between $280,000 and $350,000 less than high school graduates during their working life, according to 2015 estimates reported by the Social Security Administration. And 17 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds who do not have a high school diploma are unemployed, based on 2016 data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

There are many ways outside of high school to get a diploma, its equivalent or further education. This QA focuses on those options.

How can I still get a diploma?

Most communities in California offer adult education classes through your local school district or community college, which let you make up credits that you need to graduate. Adult ed programs are open to students who are 18 years or older. Usually they are free to local residents.

If you are younger than 18, you still might be eligible. You can take these classes if you are pregnant or taking care of your child, have a written agreement with your school district that allows you to take adult ed classes instead of high school classes, or you are an “emancipated minor,” which requires court permission to allow you to be free from parental control.

Check with your guidance counselor, a teacher or the school district office to find out about Adult Ed programs near you. Or go to California’s adult education website and click on “Directory of Schools,” and then on “California Adult Education Provider Directory.”

In addition, ask your high school counselor, principal or a teacher what your school district offers students who cannot graduate by the end of their senior year. Ask them if the district allows seniors to stay in high school over the summer or sometimes for an additional year to complete their course work. If you are in special education, you can stay in school until you are 22 years old.

Can I get a diploma without taking additional courses?

You can take one of two national tests – the High School Equivalency Exam or the GED – instead of completing coursework. If you pass one of these tests, you will get the equivalent of a diploma.

Both tests measure a student’s ability to do high school-level work, but they have different eligibility requirements and different strengths and weaknesses.

The High School Equivalency Test, administered by the Educational Testing Service, is only available to students who are 17 or 18 years old and meet certain eligibility requirements.

The exam includes five subtests. Four of the subtests – reading, math, science and social studies – consist of multiple-choice questions. The fifth subtest on writing includes an essay as well as multiple-choice questions. Each subtest costs $10 to take. The exam is offered on paper or online and is available in both English and Spanish. Students with disabilities can request what are called “accommodations” to allow them to take the test.

Most students need to study the subject areas before taking the test. To find out how much studying you may need to do, take a look at some sample test questions. If you have struggled academically, it would be advisable to take a preparation course beforehand, or if you work well on your own, buy test preparation materials such as the The Official Guide to the HSET, which may also be available for free in your local library.

Most Adult Ed programs and community colleges offer classes that help students prepare to pass the General Educational Development Test or GED. The GED is recognized nationally as an acceptable substitute for a high school diploma and is a valuable asset for pursuing career and educational opportunities. It has tests in math, reading, writing, social studies and science. You can take the test in English or Spanish.

The exam takes about 7 ½ hours to complete and includes multiple-choice and essay questions. You may take the exam at testing centers for a $150 fee. You may retake the exam or sections you have not passed, often for an additional fee. Also check with your school district to see if the district offers the GED test at a lower price.

Students who are within 60 days of their 18th birthday or older can take the GED. Under certain circumstances, 17-year-olds can also take the exam. Special education students can request “accommodations,” such as more time to take the exam, by contacting the testing center at least 30 days before the test.

In addition, many local GED testing centers have preparation programs available without charge or can refer you to a preparation program. Most bookstores and public libraries have GED test-preparation materials if you are able to study for the GED on your own.

Khan Academy, an online resource, offers free math practice for the GED test. And the creators of the GED also offer a free online “test prep toolkit” that covers all sections of the test. In addition, Study Guide Zone offers a free study guide, practice tests and skill building exercises.

For more information, go to the California Department of Education’s website on the GED and click on “Find out more about the GED test in California.” Or call 1-877-392-6433 for information in English or 1-877-450-3276 for information in Spanish.

If you are deciding between getting your GED or getting your high school diploma by taking summer classes, returning to high school, or enrolling in Adult Ed classes, consider the following:

  • How many courses do you have to take to be eligible for a diploma? If that number is high, you might prefer taking the GED because it will take less time.
  • How old are you? The GED may be more appropriate if you are 20 or older and have been out of school for a while.
  • Some employers require or prefer the high school diploma to the GED.

I need to support myself. Are there any programs that provide a salary or financial support while I’m studying for my high school diploma or GED?                                                        

Some organizations offer help to students to get their high school diploma or GED and a salary as well.

Students who join Job Corps, a federal program, are paid a monthly allowance. Job Corps helps you learn a trade at the same time you are getting a high school diploma or GED. It also helps its graduates find jobs. This is a competitive program, and admission is not guaranteed. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify.

To learn more, go to the program’s website or call 1-800-733-JOBS (or 1-800-733-5627). Operators who speak English and Spanish are available 24 hours a day. An operator will provide you with information about the program, refer you to the admissions counselor closest to your home, and mail you an information packet.

You can earn a GED or high school diploma as a member of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), a competitive state program for 18- to 25-year-olds. You also learn life skills and work hard doing fire protection, emergency response or environmental conservation (such as building trails, planting trees or working in a salmon fishery). The CCC pays minimum wage and offers a grant for further education after you successfully complete the program. Some programs provide housing or a chance to travel to another country. Each year, the CCC participates in a work exchange with Conservation Volunteers Australia. For more details, go to the program’s website, or you can call 1-800-952-JOBS (or 1-800-952-5627) to get information in English and Spanish.

In addition, the state runs a Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) for 15- to 21-year-olds that offers peer advising, referrals to workshops and job placement assistance. Go to the program’s website for locations of YEOP programs and other information. Or call your local Employment Development Department to find out if there is a YEOP program near you.

Can I enroll in a job-training program before I earn a high school diploma, High School Equivalency Test or GED?

The 74 state-funded regional occupational centers and programs (ROCPs) offer career technical classes – for example, firefighting, carpentry, graphic arts, auto mechanics or health-related careers – to high school students and adults. No diploma or equivalent is required to take the courses, though high school students have priority for enrollment. Each center offers its own set of programs, and many of these centers also offer GED courses.

Go to the ROCP website to find a program near you, or ask your guidance counselor or a teacher.

In addition, there are apprenticeships, which offer on-the-job training in the skilled trades so you can learn to be, for example, a carpenter or electrician. Some apprenticeships require a high school diploma or equivalent, but some do not. To find out more about the minimum requirements for a variety of apprenticeships, check out the California Department of Industrial Relations website.

Do I need a diploma to go to college?

You will need a diploma to go to a four-year college, including public universities like the California State University or the University of California.

However, in California, you only need to be 18 years or older to attend a community college. A high school diploma is not required, though you may have to take remedial courses offered by the college and some majors, such as engineering, may require a GED before you can transfer to a four-year university. The requirements vary by college.

Besides preparing students to be able to transfer to four-year universities, community colleges also provide programs that prepare you for a specific occupation, such as firefighting, carpentry, auto mechanics, graphic arts and nursing. Go to your local college’s career center or admissions office and talk to one of its counselors. Or visit the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office website for a statewide list of colleges and their programs.

Can I get financial help to attend
 a community college?

Check out the website of the Student Aid Commission and click on “Financial Aid Programs,” then click on “Cal Grant Programs.” You can also call 1-888-CA-GRANT (or 1-888-224-7268) for information in English and Spanish to see if you qualify. Also check out the “I can afford college” website, which includes information on how to get a Board of Governors fee waiver.  Fee waivers are awarded based on financial need.  To qualify in 2016-17, students must have had family incomes for a family of four of $36,375 or less.  But there are probably other forms of financial aid that you’re eligible for.

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JJC dual credit program can help students get ahead – The Herald

Judy Mitchell

One of the things I love about serving as Joliet Junior College’s president is the continuous opportunity to share how, over generations, JJC has positively shaped the lives of thousands of students.

In our quest to make JJC the first choice for traditional students, returning adult students and local businesses and organizations, we also work diligently to make JJC the first choice for high school students – and their parents – through our dual credit program.

If you haven’t heard of this kind of program before, it is essentially this: JJC’s dual credit program allows our district high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while also completing high school course requirements. They take dual credit courses as part of the regular high school day and these courses are then transferable to many four-year colleges or universities.

The best part? They are free. Yes, it’s true: high school students can get ahead by earning free college credits in many general education and career courses through JJC’s dual credit partnership with their high school.

Within JJC’s seven-county district, there are 29 high schools and the majority offer dual credit opportunities. High school students enrolled in JJC’s dual credit program are considered JJC students, and therefore receive direct access to our college resources and activities on campus.

Equally important is the fact that dual credit enrollment helps prepare students for the transition to college by engaging them in college-level work and developing pathways to degree attainment. These relationships we have with our high school partners also help to align curriculum, a critical necessity in ensuring students are successful.

I encourage you to explore our dual credit program, particularly in an age where higher education costs across the country continue to skyrocket. Popular dual credit courses include English 101 and 102, Statistics, and Calculus with Analytic Geometry, as well as various social science, history and fine arts courses like the Exploration of American Music.

Career courses are offered at select locations as well, including Automotive Fundamentals, Applied Food Service Sanitation, criminal justice and weldingcourses, to name a few.

This year, I’m thrilled to announce that we will launch a new offer for our dual credit students who are graduating seniors. It’s called the Scholar Dollar program, and if those students choose to attend JJC to continue their college education, they are eligible to receive $100 to apply toward their costs to attend. These funds, supported by the JJC Foundation, will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are excited to support these students in a new way.

For parents who are interested in learning about our dual credit program, please contact Amy Kittle, who is JJC’s manager of dual credit partnerships. She can be reached at aluck@jjc.edu or (815) 280-7708.

Thank you for continuing to support JJC and for making us your first choice.

Advantage Shelby Co. marks first year, seeks mentors

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:00 am

Advantage Shelby Co. marks first year, seeks mentors

By JOHN WALKER – jwalker@shelbynews.com



In its first year, six students have finished or nearly completed a new program designed to boost college attainment for county residents.

Advantage Shelby County is a partnership among the city of Shelbyville, Shelby County and Ivy Tech Community College. The city and county offer tuition support for eligible students who take certain courses at the college. 

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Community College Leads OER Efforts at CUNY

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Community College Leads OER Efforts at CUNY

A community college in New York City has taken on the challenge of showing the rest of the City University of New York (CUNY) system how to percolate open educational resources (OER) throughout its courses. The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) estimated that it has saved its students $450,000 in textbook fees since implementing OER in 175 sections. The college has an enrollment of almost 27,000 students, half of whom have household incomes under $20,000 and 4,000 of whom have taken one of the classes using OER. Now the school intends to expand the use of no-cost materials and generate cumulative savings of a million dollars. For example, the school’s criminal justice program is expected to be fully converted by fall 2018.

The community college first piloted OER in spring 2015 with the help of its library and its Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (CETLS). The early experimenting paid off. In spring 2016, the library was chosen along with two other CUNY schools to participate in a national Achieving the Dream OER Degree grant program, which urged recipients to convert at least one section of courses in a selected degree program to OER. In that program, faculty received a stipend for working on the conversion of curriculum.

The college also received portions of two sizable grants issued to CUNY in spring 2017 to expand ongoing OER work: one from the state government and another from the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation to pilot Waymaker, personalized OER learning courseware developed at Lumen Learning. The former project requires participating schools to commit to converting at least five courses to OER with five sections per course; they may convert up to 25 courses with five sections per course. The latter project is part of a three-year research study to assess the impact of the courseware on student success, persistence and retention.

Students at BMCC can use the CUNYfirst platform developed by CUNY to identify courses that have “zero textbook cost.” CUNYfirst is the system’s “fully integrated resources and services tool,” a digital transformation that handles multiple institutional services, such as registering for classes and paying bills.

To participate at BMCC, faculty must apply, complete a nine-hour OER seminar series and then teach using OER in one course during fall 2017. So far, 70 instructors in 15 of the college’s 17 departments have gone through the process. Faculty members receive a $1,000 stipend for their OER activities. Proposals are selected based on the potential savings they’ll bring to students, class size (with preference given to high enrollment courses and “Pathways” classes that make up general education requirements), transferability to other courses and the likelihood that the instructor will succeed with the conversion in time for the fall 2017 semester.

One person who has gone through the curriculum creation process is Daniel Torres, an assistant professor of chemistry. He said he likes the way OER offers the potential to “tailor” the content to a given professor’s class. “Developing your own OER material, as I did, gives you flexibility to add and remove bits and pieces, making the class easier for our students,” he noted in an article about the program on the school website.

The scale of the work at BMCC is the largest and most consistent throughout the CUNY system, according to CUNY Open Education Librarian Ann Fiddler. “BMCC is by far, the most shining example,” she said.

Cox Mill High School Graduate in Second Year of College Thanks to Rowan-Cabarrus Community Career & College …

May 23, 2017 08:53PM, Published by Melanie Heisinger, Categories:


Michael Walker, a 2015 graduate of Cox Mill High School in Concord, also graduated with transferable college courses under his belt by taking advantage of the Career College Promise program offered by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
“The program interested me because I wanted to shorten the time and money spent on my undergraduate education,” said Walker.
The Career and College Promise program is a tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors that gives students the opportunity to get a “jump start” on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school.
The college transfer classes are free for high school juniors and seniors and are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.
“I believe these courses not only helped with my admittance to UNC, but gave me a leg-up with the college experience as a whole,” said Walker. “All of the courses that I took at Rowan-Cabarrus transferred seamlessly.”
Unlike the early college high school programs, Career College Promise allows students to remain very involved in their current high school. They can still play sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.
Walker worked with his high school guidance counselor and Rowan-Cabarrus counselors to strategically plan his courses based on the transfer equivalency at UNC.
Walker took many general education courses, essentially cutting his time at UNC to just two and a half years.  
Now, Walker’s brother is a high school senior and he is helping him navigate the Career College Promise program.
“My brother knew that he wanted to participate in the Career College Promise program but didn’t know where to begin,” said Walker. “I told him to talk with his guidance counselor and they helped him select his courses by looking up the transfer equivalency table of the university he wanted to attend.”
There are two tracks for the Career College Promise program – one allows students to specialize in a career or technical pathway, while the other allows students to prepare for general transfer into a four-year college or university. Students can take as many classes, earning college and high school credit simultaneously, as their high school will allow. This fall, one student took four classes.
“The other perk of this opportunity is getting to experience real college classes – students ultimately feel better prepared when they head off to a four-year college or university because they’re already confident in their ability to do college work,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.
In addition to the college transfer classes, Rowan-Cabarrus offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, criminal justice, machining, cosmetology, web technologies, welding and more.
The College has improved its offerings by providing dedicated classes and sections that fall within the high school schedule in both counties. These classes include English, sociology, and other core transfer classes that transfer seamlessly within the North Carolina university system.
Upon meeting eligibility requirements, students may enroll in a college transfer pathway or a career-technical pathway. Students also have the option to change pathways of study each semester.
The College is currently registering students for the fall 2017 semester. For more program information and course descriptions, please see the Rowan-Cabarrus website – www.rccc.edu – or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). High school students should also speak with their guidance counselor.

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Opening its doors in 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is one of 58 colleges in the state-supported North Carolina Community College System. Rowan-Cabarrus is a comprehensive, community-focused institution of higher learning, serving the residents of Rowan and Cabarrus counties at multiple campus locations and through on-line programs. Rowan-Cabarrus offers fully-accredited associate degree programs in more than 30 areas of study, including arts and sciences, business, information technology, health and public services, engineering technologies, and biotechnology, as well as dozens of diplomas and certifications.

Rowan-Cabarrus provides more than 2,000 course offerings, serving a yearly overall enrollment of more than 20,000 students. In addition, Rowan-Cabarrus provides the education and job-training programs needed to meet many of the workforce demands of the North Carolina Research Campus being developed in Kannapolis.

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