A Look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
Twenty-three high school students are getting the opportunity to explore health sciences at three higher learning institutions and a local medical center. East Central Alabama Area Health Education Center is hosting its second annual health careers enrichment program known as Medi-Camp. The camp kicked off at Gadsden State Community College and continued at Jacksonville State University, Gadsden Regional Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Medi-Camp is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care. They must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior. All materials, supervision, transportation and food are provided. Medi- Camp provides unique, hands-on and behind-the-science experiences in healthcare for the students. The students are getting an in-depth look into career paths that range from certificate programs to doctoral programs, including nursing, radiologic technology, primary care, telehealth, physical therapy and more. The enrichment program focuses on rural settings and the advantages of practicing in rural areas in Alabama.
Mid-Plains Community College (Nebraska) cowboy Chandler Comfort is fifth in the nation, following a week of competition in Casper, Wyoming. Comfort was the number one team roping heeler in the Great Plains Region heading into the College National Finals Rodeo. He and his roping partner, Samantha Jorgenson, of Black Hills State University, stretched their steer out in 6.9 seconds during the first go-round of the CNFR. Their time was 12.6 seconds in the next go-round, 6.7 seconds in the third go-round and 11.5 seconds in the short-go. It was enough to put them into the Top Five as the 2016-17 college rodeo season drew to a close. “The CNFR is a different animal all together,” said Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach. The rest of MPCC’s qualifiers: bull rider Garrett Wickett, of Norfolk, saddle bronc rider Lane Kennedy, of Orleans and team roping heeler Wyatt Killion, of Ainsworth, didn’t place at the CNFR. Wickett ended the season 17th in the nation, Kennedy was 34th and Killion was 38th. Additionally, MPCC finished 25th in the men’s team standings.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 2118 into law, which now allows the Dallas County Community College District to offer a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education — its first four-year degree. State Sen. Royce West and Rep. Helen Giddings sponsored legislation to address the shortage of early childhood teachers in the North Texas area. Ultimately, language from their bills was added to SB 2118 by Sen. Kel Seliger. This legislation will provide a solution to the shortage of more than 4,000 early childhood education teachers in Dallas County. “Students in our area now can choose a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree in early childhood education,” said Joe May, DCCCD’s chancellor. “It also supports the governor’s goal to provide quality pre-kindergarten for our youngest Texans, and it comes at no additional fiscal cost for the state.” May added, “We are excited to offer this choice and also to solve a shortage that has limited the number of youngsters who were allowed access to pre-K programs in Dallas County because there weren’t enough teachers.” The bill also allows several other community colleges in the state to offer a baccalaureate degree in applied science, applied technology or nursing.