Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 15, 2018

Community presentation

Smart Start Rowan will host a community presentation featuring Dana Winters of the Fred Rogers Center on Wednesday, April 11. The presentation will be held in the auditorium at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s North Campus, and will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Register with Smart Start by April 4. To register, send an e-mail to or call 704-630-9085.

Online school open for enrollment

The North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA), a tuition-free, virtual public school, announces open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. The school, which began serving students across North Carolina in 2015, will open its doors to high school seniors for the first time this year, expanding to serve students with a full K-12 grade offering.

North Carolina Connections Academy provides students with a variety of courses, including electives, AP classes and career technical courses. The school also offers clubs for students interested in arts, science, sports, career prep and more. The school’s diverse student body includes competitive athletes with strict training schedules, previously homeschooled students looking for teacher support, and students seeking expanded course offerings, among others.

To help interested families learn more about the school, North Carolina Connections Academy is hosting online and in-person free information sessions. For more information on North Carolina Connections Academy or to begin the open enrollment process, please visit the school’s website at

Scholarship available

The Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF) Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for the 2018 IMF Treasure Feamster Scholarship. The application deadline is April 6, and all applications must be postmarked by that date. Scholarships are available for high school seniors who are members of an IMF affiliated church, regardless of their chosen field of study. High school seniors can check with their guidance office or affiliated churches for applications. For additional information, call 704-639-1894 or 704-433-3277.
Catawba students attend symposium

Six Catawba College Athletic Training students and several faculty members attended the 2018 North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association Spring Symposium held in early March in Wrightsville Beach.

The students included senior Samantha Pugh of Albemarle, juniors Kyrbee Cheek of Burlington and Brittany Sprinkles of China Grove, along with sophomores Yeimi Reyna-Romero of Concord, Brooke Gammons of East Bend, and Peter Mantione of Indian Trail. Sport and Health Science faculty members who attended were Brandy Jones-Neelam, Jim Hand and Carrie Graham.