Education Briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

Catawba College

Catawba College was recently cited as one of the 10 Best Small Colleges in North Carolina by Zippia, a career expert site. The site released the report in early June, taking into account graduation rates, cost and salaries for recent graduates, along with other factors.

Catawba ranked seventh on a list which included the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Davidson and Brevard colleges. The website cites the school’s high application rate and mean graduate salaries. According to the site,  Catawba also has the ninth-highest graduation rate of all small colleges in the North Carolina.

Zippia is a new startup in San Francisco, Calif., which aims to be the most intelligent and personalized career resource for new graduates. The company contends that its algorithm can help students decide on which careers make sense based on what others with similar majors have done before them.

Bus Driver Job Fair

Kannapolis City Schools will host a bus driver job fair June 30 from 10 a.m. until noon at the KCS Central Office at 100 Denver Street in Kannapolis.

Salisbury Academy becomes first Rowan County NC Green School 
After implementing a school-wide movement toward sustainability and completing a year-long application process requiring the teamwork of staff, faculty and the student-led green team, Salisbury Academy has been deemed a School of Promise by the N.C. Green Schools Program. This honor signifies that the academy is on a planned path to sustainability and possesses a promising environmental education curriculum. Salisbury Academy is one of just 12 N.C. Green Schools in the state.
A wide range of efforts at the academy included: student-driven efforts to solve environmental challenges on campus; building key partnerships with organizations such as the N.C. State Natural Learning Initiative, Two Pigs Farm, Catawba College Center for the Environment and the Rowan Redbuds Society; implementing waste sorting systems and food scrap collections along with rain water collection; the creation of a thriving school garden; a school-wide emphasis on nutrition and regular service and field study experiential learning opportunities for students in all of the academy’s grades.
Next steps for Project Green Space include the pursuit of the NC Green School program’s “School of Quality” recognition and the building of Salisbury Academy’s Outdoor Space of the Future, an interactive outdoor learning environment designed to connect children.
Son of Salisbury residents has article published

Jack Langford, son of Gary and Elizabeth Langford of Salisbury, recently had a scientific article published in the Journal of Sewanee Science. Langford is a junior at Sewanee: The university of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. Langford is studying psychology with minors in neuroscience and biology. In the summer of 2015, he worked in neurodegenerative labs at George Washington University. Langford’s article “Early Apopotosis of Oligodendrocytes Potentially Predisposes for Multiple Sclerosis,” studies how early cell death of the cells that help wrap protective sheaths around nerve endings can predispose the sheaths to inflammation and breakdown — which are noted factors in many neurodegenerative conditions.