Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cabarrus Early College of Technology named a 2018-19 RAMP School

The American School Counselor Association has named Cabarrus Early College of Technology in Concord as a Recognized ASCA Model Program.

The designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary comprehensive school counseling program. It recognizes schools that align their program with the criteria in the association’s national model, a framework for data-driven school counseling. Since the program’s inception, more than 820 schools have been designated.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, the association’s assistant director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

Cabarrus Early College of Technology will be honored at a ceremony at the association’s annual conference in Boston on July 1.

High Point University hosts ‘Come Build With Us’ field trip for Hurley Elementary students

HIGH POINT  Ninety students from Hurley Elementary School took part in science, technology, engineering and math education through a “Come Build With Us” field trip hosted by High Point University’s Stout School of Education.

The Lego field trip included activities with robotics, storytelling, brick math activities and Lego robot battles.

“The students get an opportunity to have an informal education day where they’re learning about engineering and design and they’re not under a standard-based curriculum,” said Shirley Disseler, associate professor of education. “Their faces always light up, and it’s always exciting to watch them and their teacher’s reactions to how their students behave.”

Kelsey Cox, a junior elementary education major and special education and Spanish minor, helped students operate the EV3 robot, which was one of the favorite stations.

“Interacting with these students is so fun,” said Cox. “It gives us the opportunity to work and talk with them and experience different age ranges.

Margaret Leach, a fifth-grader at Hurley Elementary, worked with Cox on the EV3, which allowed her to work on her math skills and program the robot to pick up items.

“This was really exciting to see the robot drive down the track,” said Margaret.

Another popular station was the battle bots, where students programmed the robots to drive in an enclosed area to try to pop balloons.

Stanly Arts Guilds offers art scholarship

The Stanly Arts Guild is offering an art scholarship to be awarded June 6 to a high school senior or a college freshman enrolled in a visual arts or arts education program.

To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of Stanly, Anson, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Rowan or Union counties.

A total of $1,000 will be paid directly to the college of the scholarship winner.

Applications may be picked up at the Stanly Arts Guild, 330-C N. Second St., Albemarle, or can be found online at For more information, contact Carole Poplin at 704 982-0806.

Public invited to Davidson County Community College Open Aquarium Days

Davidson County Community College’s zoo and aquarium science program will open to the public during Open Aquarium Days on April 25-27.

These free program gives the public the chance to interact with the animals and aquatic life at the college. New attractions include zebra eels, a baby shark and tiny pufferfish.

Each Open Aquarium Day will feature animal encounters, zookeeper talks by students, animal feedings every 20 minutes and family activities.

Days and times are 5-7 p.m. April 25; 7-9 p.m. April 26; and 10 a.m.-noon April 27.

The aquarium is in the Sinclair Building at Davidson County Community College, at 297 DCC Road in Thomasville.