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2015 October 8 - 05:38 pm

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

Jamie Doss, mayor of Rome, Georgia, presented a Literacy Week proclamation to Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and spoke to GNTC Adult Education students during International Literacy Day. The presentation was part of a series of events and activities in celebration of Literacy Week in Georgia. “Literacy Week was designated by Gov. Nathan Deal to elevate adult education and family literacy throughout Georgia and to draw attention to the needs of the state in regard to workforce development.


Ozarka College (Ark.) announced a new scholarship opportunity, the College–Now scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship, high school students are required to take at least four Ozarka College courses during high school. Upon completing the minimum number of courses, maintaining a 2.75 or higher grade point average, and graduating from high school, Ozarka College will wave tuition and fees for the following fall semester. The tuition and fee waiver only applies to the fall semester directly following an eligible student’s high school graduation.

Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses completed by students who are still in high school, and who are taking college classes that also meet high school requirements.. Ozarka College offers college credit classes to high school students at a discounted tuition rate of just $50 per credit hour. Students who take the minimum requirement of four Ozarka College courses would invest $600 for tuition. By receiving a full semester tuition and fee free with this scholarship opportunity, a student easily saves over $2,000 by attending Ozarka College.

What is Tobor the Great? The wondrous figure is a twelve-foot tall haptic robot arm created at Northampton Community College (Pa.). Tobor, or “robot” spelled backwards, is named for the 1954 movie Tobor the Great, about a giant robot that saves the world. Fourteen NCC staff members at the College’s Fab Lab conceived, engineered, and manufactured all of Tobor’s parts. They built and programmed the computers and controllers, 3-D printed a prototype, resin casted the gripper, and in all, made this machine larger than life. The robot has something special: haptic ability, which means that it is controlled by a glove which has movement sensors and motors. When the person wearing the glove moves his or her hand a certain way, Tobor responds similarly. When the person squeezes the glove, the gripper grasps an object. Tobor’s makers are now working on giving the robotic hand more dexterity through smoother motion and more human-like reactions.

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