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Local educators benefit from training at TCCC

Professional Development at TCCC

Phil Jones, machining instructor at Tri-County Community College, and Karina Passmore, educator with Hiwassee Dam High School, work together to construct a catapult as part of a team
building exercise at the Innovative Expo on July 25 at the main campus in Peachtree.

As part of a National Science Foundation grant, Tri-County Community College held a two-day professional development training session for local educators relating to the benefits of encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics on July 25 and 26 at the main campus in Peachtree.

“This was our second year offering this training through our grant,” said Lee Beal, director of enrollment management at Tri-County Community College. “We always enjoy inviting high school faculty and staff from our service areas to come in and learn about all that the college has to offer for local students – especially related to the STEM areas.”

The first day of training was called “Innovative Expo” and engaged faculty from Cherokee and Clay county schools in a day-long seminar focused around the importance of problem based learning. Participants built catapults in a team-building exercise, in addition to exploring the programs the college offers relating to STEM careers.

For the second day, Tri-County Community College faculty and staff attended seminars revolving around ensuring gender equality in the classroom and engaging methods of keeping students involved in the classroom.

“The seminars this year were an overwhelming success,” Beal said. “We are looking forward to bringing back our partners at AB-Tech and the National Science Foundation to offer this training again in the future.”

For more information about Tri-County Community College’s STEM programs, call 837-6810.