By Sherwood Taylor
GEAR UP at Atlantic Cape
This year’s GEAR UP participants contributed to the success of program initiatives by remaining invested in counseling sessions, college visits, educational field trips, and Saturday Program. Among the many activities offered to GEAR UP students were field trips to Monmouth University, the Franklin Institute, Princeton University, ACUA, Amish Village, University of Delaware and Atlantic Cape’s College Awareness Day.
Students who participated in the 2014 GEAR UP Summer Program took part in project-based instruction in the subjects of math, science and language arts. The theme for this summer’s program was Global Connectedness. In “Math Like an Egyptian,” students crafted and learned to use their very own abacus. The science project, “Sustainability for a Greener Earth,” allowed students to experiment with bio-energy, chemicals and solar power. In language arts, students explored, “Poetry from Around the World,” and presented work in their very own poetry slam.
Students also had an opportunity to participate in GEAR UP Academies. These two-week long academies included art, drama, photography and video game design. By participating in these academies, students explored the elements of art and principles of design; understood and demonstrated the basic functions of programming and coding; learned the basic techniques of photographic composition and put on their very own play during the GEAR UP End of the Summer Program Celebration. Contact Robert K. for additional information on GEAR UP at 343-4811.
UPDATE: Atlantic Cape’s TAACCCT Program
This fall, Atlantic Cape will be enhancing training programs for students interested in careers that respond to natural and manmade disasters and emergencies. A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training program is providing funding for new equipment and technology for the Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy programs. Students enrolled in these health care programs will also have access to academic and career counseling services to facilitate their entry or advancement into higher wage, higher skill jobs. In the spring, similar enhancements will be incorporated into the Patient Care Technician program, and a new Certified Medication Aide program will be introduced to advance the skills and knowledge of Certified Nurse Aides. A new Paramedic training program offering career advancement opportunities for Emergency Medical Technicians is planned for fall 2015.
Students completing the Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Medical Assistant and Paramedic programs will not only be eligible for certification in their field of study, but also will be awarded college credits toward degree programs at Atlantic Cape. Workers already employed in these fields will also be eligible for college credits for their prior learning and work experience. Students interested in enrolling in these or other health care career training programs may contact Sandi Anderson at ext 4863.