Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 21, 2014

Davidson County Community College and Upswing, an online tutoring and coaching service, recently entered into a partnership to offer 24/7 online tutoring to DCCC students.
The partnership offers students a simple and flexible way to schedule a tutoring session with an academic coach through an easy online process. Upswing provides both campus-based and distance-learning students access to 24/7 academic support through its software platform. Students have the option of scheduling an online or in-person tutoring session with one of DCCC’s academic coaches or they can connect with Upswing’s network of coaches, who provide academic support at times when the college’s tutors may be unavailable such as at night or on the weekend.
Engaging students with technology-based learning tools is one of the ways DCCC is meeting the needs of the modern student. The college believes that providing students with around-the-clock access to online tools and resources greatly enhances the educational experience of both its traditional and online students.
Students can access Upswing directly at or through DCCC’s website at .
On Aug. 9, Pfeiffer University conferred degrees on 363 master’s degree and undergraduate degree completion candidates at its summer commencement exercises at its Misenheimer campus. The keynote address was given by Harriett Jane Olson, CEO and chief general secretary of United Methodist Women, who told graduates that those who participate in higher education are charged with making a difference in their families, communities and the world.
Davidson County Community College will feature a lineup of events open to the community during the 2014 fall semester. Events include music, cultural performances and well-known speakers.
“The college is excited to offer our students and the community a wide range of quality cultural programs and motivational speakers as well as opportunities for civic involvement that will enhance their college and life experiences,” says Lynne Watts, director of student life and leadership at DCCC.
An American Red Cross blood drive, co-sponsored by the SGA, is set for 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 in room 118 of the Brooks Student Services Building.
The Salisbury Symphony announces the beginning of the season for its youth string ensemble — the Rowan Youth Orchestra.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., at Southeast Middle School beginning Sept. 17 and continuing through May. Cost to participate in this orchestra is $125 per year.
Players should come prepared to play a selection of their choice to determine seating. They will also be asked to sight read a piece.
Rowan Youth Orchestra is open to anyone who has completed two years of the Symphony’s After-School Strings program or its equivalent or has had at least one year of private instruction.
Marguerite Keller is the director. The ensemble will perform at least two concerts as well as other community outreach performances.
For more information on Rowan Youth Orchestra or the After-School Strings program, contact Susan Trivette, education director at 704-637-4730 or .