A Look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
Members of the Alvin Community College (Texas) Study Abroad program recently returned from a trip to Eastern Europe to study culture and history. It was the second such trip for the program and organizers plan to conduct more in the future. “Study Abroad provides a balance of both classroom and experiential learning that increases student engagement, stimulates critical thinking, and increases student success,” English instructor Charlie Bevill, who accompanied the students on the trip. “No matter what demographic or area of study students fall under, through a focused, facultyled international experience students expand their horizons beyond their hometown and return with a broader understanding of their area of study and, more importantly, a cross-cultural perspective” The Study Abroad program is a yearly opportunity for students to travel to foreign destinations as part of their educational experience. The program included travel to Eastern Europe with a nine-day trip to Budapest, Hungary; Krakow and Auschwitz- Birkenau, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; and Vienna, Austria.
Rio Hondo College (Calif.) Fire Crew 77 was activated to support U.S. Forest Service crews in the Angeles National Forest during a recent heat wave. The activation was for 14 days. The team consists of 14 men and two women from Rio Hondo College’s Wildland Fire Academy. The team consists of 15 men and one woman who will serve as seasonal wildland Type II crew members, charged with assisting with all aspects of fire more monitoring, suppression and control. The crew was called up three times in summer 2016 to help the U.S. Forest Service. First, the team helped fight the Burro Fire, Pine Fire and Sage Fire. On its second rotation, the crew fought the Soberanes Fire. On the third rotation, the crew battled the Market Fire. Rio Hondo College’s Wildland Fire Academy is highly regarded within the industry, with 100 percent of graduates finding posts with wildland fire agencies. The program is overseen by Rio Hondo College Wildland and Fire Coordinator Tracy Rickman, who also serves as chief of Crew 77.
Red Rocks Community College (Colo.) students who are planning careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are gaining valuable experiences through Research Experience for Community College Students, a summer research internship program at CU-Boulder sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Boulder Critical Zone Observatory. RECCS provides community college students with an authentic research experience that allows them to explore environmental or geosciences to prepare them to transition to four-year programs in the STEM disciplines.
The RECCS program awards 10 students from the Colorado Community College System with a weekly stipend to conduct field- or lab-based independent research over a nine-week period while working with a team of scientists. Students learn basic research, writing and communication skills while preparing and presenting their research at a local student science symposium and oral session.