A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
Students from Interboro and Penn Wood high schools were recognized this week for completing Delaware County Community College’s (Pa.) Dual Enrollment Early College Electro- Mechanical Technologies program, which enabled them to earn 29 college credits while still in high school. At a recognition ceremony held at the college’s Marple Campus, each of the 10 students received their a certificate. Many of the students plan to enroll at the college for their posthigh school education; one student plans to attend Penn State University. “It was awesome. It was a great experience,” said participant Austin Coigne, a musician who plans on pursuing a career as a music technician, creating and fixing musical instruments, soundboards and other equipment. Diane Coigne, Austin’s mother, said one of things she liked most about the program was that it gave her son an introduction to college. “To have such a community behind them,” she said of the college’s faculty, administrators and staff. “I just think it is a privilege they were presented with this opportunity.” Electro-mechanical technicians work to combine electronic controls with mechanical systems to complete a task or process. Some examples include automatic teller machines, robotic manufacturing to produce automobiles, or order fulfillment in a complex warehouse and distribution system. The college’s Electro- Mechanical Technologies program leads to a 29-credit academic certificate that can serve as an entry point to an advanced manufacturing career, or the college’s Advanced Technology associate degree. Students receive instruction in electrical controls and programmable controllers, manufacturing and operational testing, as well as system analysis and maintenance procedures. Delaware County Community College’s High School Dual Enrollment program has more than quadrupled in size over the last few years. The Early College Electro- Mechanical Technologies program is a pilot initiative under the college’s overall High School Dual Enrollment program, which offers substantial savings to students. Through dual enrollment, qualified high school students can earn college credits while still in high school at a discounted rate of up to 70 percent off the college’s normal tuition and fees.
Rowdy Moon will have an advantage when he climbs behind the chutes in Casper, Wyo. next week. He has been there before. Moon qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo last year as a freshman at Mid-Plains Community College. He returns June 11-17 as a seasoned sophomore and the number one bareback rider in the Great Plains Region. “Since I’ve been around that arena, I don’t think I’ll have quite the jitters,” said Moon. “I was pretty nervous last time. It’s a big stage.” Moon was second in the region heading into nationals in 2016. He finished the CNFR in 19th place after riding broncs to scores of 65 and 68. He had stiff competition. Being up against that kind of competition pushed Moon to work harder and adjust his technique. “I think I’ve gotten better,” said Moon. The last time he rode a bronc was early May in Dickinson, N.D. Moon took some time off competing to recover from a groin injury, but hasn’t stopped practicing. His long-term goal is to one day travel the professional rodeo circuit, but until then, Moon plans to focus on college. He graduated from MPCC with an associate of applied science degree in business and a business administration emphasis in May. He will transfer to Chadron State College in the fall.