A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
After working as a custodial manager for more than a decade, Lori Arnold was looking for a change. In January 2014, the 36-year-old Deltona resident was among the first nine students to enter Seminole State College of Florida’s Applied Welding Program, which re-launched after a two-year hiatus and $100,000 in renovations to the training lab. Arnold, the first in her family to attend college, graduated from the program in January and almost immediately earned a job she loves at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems. Arnold is one of several students finding success through Seminole State’s one-year certificate program. Of the nine students who are part of the first graduating class, eight quickly earned jobs in welding, and the ninth opted to pursue further education before entering the workforce. Cumulatively, the nine students earned more than 45 certifications from the American Welding Society across a variety of trades, processes and procedures, including shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding and tungsten inert gas welding.
Fifteen students have been chosen for Randolph Community College’s (N.C.) Fountain-Luria Student Leadership Academy based on a competitive process that considered leadership experience, leadership potential, and a letter of reference from a faculty member. The group includes eight traditional RCC students and seven Randolph Early College High School students. The participants completed their first session on Sept. 19, which included team-building exercises led by Jeremy Jackson, associate director of camp operations at Camp Caraway, and his wife, Michelle; and a presentation by RCC President Robert S. Shackleford on the topic “Portraits of Leadership.” A second session scheduled for Oct. 22 will include a presentation on group dynamics by Joanne Buck, department chair for English and humanities at Guilford Technical Community College; and a session on Servant Leadership by J.W. Kelley, RCC vice president for student services. In upcoming sessions, the students will learn about personality types and leadership styles; communication across generations; situational leadership; 360 degree leadership; and leadership and ethical dilemmas. Students will also participate in a student leadership project. A graduation ceremony will be held in March, at which the students will present the outcome of their projects. This is the ninth year for RCC’s Student Leadership Academy, which is named after local leaders Stuart Fountain and Alan Luria, who have supported the project since its inception in 2008.
When students returned this fall to the campus of Bristol Community College they were met with a dazzling sight—New England’s largest solar parking canopy. The 3.2 megawatt solar array, which can produce enough power to meet half of the campus’ energy needs, covers 800 parking spaces on the Fall River, Massachusetts, campus. Over the next 20 years, the solar canopy will save BCC more than $1.75 million in energy costs, and will reduce the college’s carbon emissions by more than 1,500 tons per year. “This is an extraordinarily important renewable energy project,” said Kevin Sullivan, vice president of Fuss & O’Neill Inc., the project’s designers. “Not only will the solar canopy promote sustainability on campus, but it will save Bristol Community College tens of thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Bristol Community College’s solar canopy project is a great example of how universities, community colleges, and other institutions can save millions of dollars by promoting sustainability.” The BCC solar canopy is one of three solar arrays designed by Fuss & O’Neill for Massachusetts institutions of higher education. Last year, a Fuss & O’Neilldesigned solar canopy went online at Endicott College in Beverly, and later this year another will begin operations at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Fuss & O’Neill is also currently designing a ground-based solar array for Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.