A Look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
Six Davidson County Community College (N.C.) students will head to Ireland during spring break in 2016 thanks to a $7,500 grant awarded by the Institute of International Education Generation Study Abroad initiative. Local match funding allows each student to receive a scholarship award of $2,500 to cover the cost of tuition, books, transportation and other travel expenses. The goal of the IIE Study Abroad Scholarships is to help make study abroad opportunities accessible to all students, especially those who are typically underrepresented in U.S. study abroad programs. DCCC is one of 26 Generation Study Abroad commitment partner colleges and universities selected to receive its initial round of study abroad scholarships for their students. Two DCCC scholarships are designated for nursing students. Preference for the remaining scholarship recipients, to be determined through a competitive process, will go to participants in the DCCC Global Scholars program and students underrepresented in study abroad programs, including first-generation college students, veterans and minorities.
Florida SouthWestern State College’s Emergency Service Programs received a new vinyl wrap for their ambulance this summer thanks to a donation from JetScape Signarama, Inc., and the talents of one FSW student. Joseph Washburn, program director of Emergency Service Programs, contacted Director of Communications Teresa Morgenstern, who reached out to FSW Foundation Senior Director of Development Paul Bova about replacing the ambulance’s exterior. The older Collier County EMS logos on the ambulance had been fading and didn’t represent the new FSW brand. They asked FSW Professor Dina Kelm’s art classes to conceptualize a design that would incorporate the Emergency Services Program and the college’s brand. This spring the FSW Foundation secured a donation from JetScape Signarama, Inc., a local company since 1997 that has worked on numerous city and county vehicles, for the installation of the wrap with FSW student John Alday’s design.
Anna Wheeler and Stephanie Boney graduated from the Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) Dental Assisting Program in 2014 and landed their dream jobs with pediatric dentist Ray Tseng, of Southern Smiles Dentistry. Neither of them knew how great a challenge they would face as new employees of the dental practice. Costa Rica has a population of more than four million people, but 23 percent live in poverty. Sponsored by the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, Tseng and his associates make an annual journey to the country to provide free dental care to impoverished children. In 2015, he invited both Wheeler and Boney to go along. Wheeler, who decided on dental assisting while still in high school, said she wanted a career that would never become boring, and the different tasks and responsibilities of a dental assistant, especially one who practices in Costa Rica, assured her of that. Boney said she wanted to work in a profession that allowed her to get to know her patients on a personal level.