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Wake Tech To Purchase Land For New Educational And Training Site PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 10:29

Wake Technical Community College has entered into an agreement to purchase land in Wendell for a new educational and training site, which may become a future campus, pending approval by State Board of Community Colleges.

The agreement covers three parcels totaling 106 acres. The property is located along the I-87/US 64 corridor at the Rolesville Road and Wendell Boulevard exits, not far from East Wake High School. Total purchase price is $10,600,000.

The purchase, subject to a 180-day due diligence period, is pending approval by the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the State Board of Community Colleges.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2019 10:31
New Interim Chancellor Named for East Carolina University. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2019 08:35
University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper has named a new interim chancellor for East Carolina Univerisity followiing the resignation of Dan Gerlach. 


“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ron Mitchelson as interim chancellor at East Carolina University, effective immediately.  Dr. Mitchelson has been serving as the university’s acting chancellor since September 30 and has held several faculty and administrative positions at the university.  He came to ECU in 1999 and has served as provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs with distinction since 2015.
As a longtime member of Pirate Nation, Ron will do a great job leading the university while the ECU Chancellor Search Committee begins the vital work of identifying the university’s next chancellor.”
3 Teachers Earn Professional Development Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 October 2019 10:14

RALEIGH: Three North Carolina teachers will get Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards to help strengthen their work in the classroom. Shirley Pyon from Mills Park Elementary School in Wake County, Julie-Kate Hazelrigg from Garner Magnet High School in Wake County, and Genal West from Watauga High School in Watauga County will each receive a $1,000 award to pay for professional development.

The grant is awarded by the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE). 

i“Giving teachers more opportunities to develop their skills will benefit those teachers and their students for years to come,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “Professional development helps teachers connect what they’re teaching in the classroom with the skill students will need to succeed in their future jobs.”

The Governor’s Educator Discovery Award provides a stipend of up to $1,000 for PreK-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing. This is the third round of teachers to receive the award and brings the total number of grants awarded to nine. Winning teachers are selected from an impressive and growing applicant pool, demonstrating a strong interest in the program and the opportunities it provides.

The latest teachers to receive grants will use their Governor’s Educator Discovery Award in the following ways:

Shirley Pyon, K-5 Stem educator in Cary, will attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Creative Constructor Lab. ISTE works to engage and empower a community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation, and solve problems in education. The conference provides teachers with strategies and tools that can be used to help engage elementary schoolers in project-based learning activities.

Julie-Kate Hazelrigg, high school theater educator in Garner, will attend the Broadway Teacher’s Workshop in New York City. This conference features three days of masterclasses on contemporary theater and theater-education topics. The Broadway Teacher’s workshop will provide tools for preparing students for college auditions and connecting the concepts they learn in a fine arts classroom with cutting-edge performances in professional theaters.

Genal West, high school visual art teacher, will be attending the North Carolina Art Education Association conference in Raleigh. The conference features over 100 workshops and presentations offered over three days. Educators will learn modern artistic techniques, working styles, and gain insight from other educators to develop new projects for their students.

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is a business-led, education non-profit (501-c3) that operates out of the Office of the Governor. Since 1983, NCBCE has provided a critical link between North Carolina business leaders and the state’s education decision-makers, helping to create connections between the education curriculum and the overall work readiness of people across the state.

 “All NCBCE members know and strongly support the importance of professional development for teachers across our state. This award makes it possible for educators to bring new tools and techniques into their classrooms. Through their conferences, recipients of this award will be able to apply classroom standards to real-world applications and increase the work-based learning opportunities available to their students,” said NCBCE Board Chair, Albert Eckel.

To be eligible for the Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards, teachers submit a proposal with details about their teaching experience and the professional development activity they wish to pursue and how it would enhance their efforts to create a work-based learning activity for their students.

Teachers can apply for the next round of grants through November 1, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of business leaders and educators. Awardees will be notified of their selection via the phone number or email address provided in their application.p://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=38109465&msgid=463864&act=E9NM&c=1346310&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fnccu.co1.qualtrics.com%2Fjfe%2Fform%2FSV_3sHfhK6lIX2Ierj> .

The Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards are funded by NCBCE member companies. As interest in the program has grown with each cycle, NCBCE hopes to raise additional funds to expand the program in future years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2019 10:17
Mumps Cases Hit Two Triad Universities PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 14:40
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all North Carolinians to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines in light of recent mumps cases at two Triad area universities, Elon and High Point Universities.  
As of Sept. 26, seven confirmed cases have been reported. State Division of Public Health and local public health professionals are working with student health services at Elon University and High Point University to coordinate response measures, including vaccination of susceptible groups. 
Mumps is a vaccine-preventable viral illness best known for causing swelling of the salivary glands below the ears and above the jaw, called parotitis. Mumps can cause several complications including inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in men and inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) in women.  
Mumps is spread by droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected person. A person with confirmed or suspected mumps should stay home from work or school and limit close contact with others for five days after the salivary glands swell, or until mumps is ruled out.
“Anyone who thinks they might have mumps should contact their physician and have appropriate laboratory testing,” said Dr. Zack Moore, North Carolina State Epidemiologist. 
The most effective way to prevent mumps is to get vaccinated.
“Although it’s still possible for people who have been vaccinated to get mumps, the risk is much higher in people who are unvaccinated,” Dr. Moore said. “The risk for complications from mumps is also lower in people who are vaccinated compared to those who are not vaccinated.”
If you are unsure of your mumps vaccination status, check with your physician, who will determine if you need a vaccine. 
Practicing good hygiene can reduce the risk of spreading illness:  
Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water
Cover your mouth when you cough
Do not share cups or eating utensils with others, which can pass saliva from one person to another
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2019 14:46

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