A Look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
Exciting and colorful Chinese traditional music and dance lit up the stage at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center as Central Carolina Community College presented a performing troupe from Shanxi University, People’s Republic of China. The Shanxi University performance is part of an ongoing series of Chinese cultural performances and exhibitions brought to Sanford through the college's Confucius Classroom. The classroom is a partnership with North Carolina State University's Confucius Institute, which works with the Chinese government to bring performing troupes from China. In 2009, CCCC was the first community college in the nation to establish a Confucius Classroom. “Our Confucius Classroom enables the college to prepare our students for living and working in a global economy,” said CCCC President T. Eston Marchant, who brought the idea for the Classroom to the college when he became president in 2008. “It helps link our central North Carolina communities, governments, and businesses to China. Being able to host these superb performances is a major cultural bonus that connects the people of our nations in a very positive way.” Shanxi University is located in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, about 300 miles southwest of Beijing. The university was founded in 1902, one of the earliest national universities to be established in China.
The dental x-ray has come a long way in recent years. Digital radiography means that dental clinic staff can process an x-ray quickly and with less radiation. It’s a fast-growing technology and that’s why the Volunteer State Community College (Tenn.) Dental Assisting Program has recently upgraded to digital radiography. “It’s much easier to use,” said student Brittany Green. “You don’t have to process film. It just comes right up on the computer screen.” Said associate professor Marilyn Sweat: “Faculty in the Dental Assisting Program teach students both digital and film x-ray techniques. That gives them the skills to use whatever technology they find in a dental office. That experience helps Vol State students get jobs. Most of or students get offered jobs after their clinical rotations in dental clinics. Some even hire them part-time before they complete the program. The students finish their degree while also having a job.” Dental assistants perform x-rays, set up tools and assist dentists in procedures. Desiree L. Sutphen, director of dental assisting, said that aside from rigorous training, dentists are looking for assistants that have integrity and are dependable. The Vol State Dental Assisting Program has a radiography suite and a lab with several fully-equipped dental stations. The program offers a oneyear certificate program and a twoyear associate of applied science degree program.
Community College of Beaver County (Pa.) aviation alumni have found careers all over the country and world, including major airlines such as United Airlines, Jet Blue, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Republic Airways, and more. Although CCBC’s aviation alumni are scattered all over the world, CCBC is giving them a way to reconnect with and revisit their aviation roots. With the goals of bringing aviation alumni together and giving them the opportunity to return to where their aviation careers started, Dana Donati, CCBC aviation alumna and current Dean of the School of Aviation Sciences, decided to plan the College’s first Aviation Alumni Hangar Party. “We want to recognize our alumni and all of their accomplishments since graduating from CCBC,” said Donati. “Many alumni recommend CCBC to potential students due to the history of quality training and the program’s reputation as one of the best in the nation. As career opportunities grow in all aviation fields, we also seek their help with continuing to spread the word about the aviation programs at CCBC.” The party is open to all CCBC aviation alumni and their guests, and will show these former CCBC studentsturned-pilots, air traffic controllers and aviation industry leaders how the campus and the programs have changed, including the most recent addition of an Aviation Academy for high school students. In honor of CCBC’s 50th anniversary, this celebratory reunion will also serve as a memorial and dedication to Jim Johnson, who founded the College’s School of Aviation Sciences.