Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Hands-on programs will let students dig deep into the world around us
Education involves more than gaining knowledge. A high-quality education teaches students how to how to make a difference.
A set of freshly developed, hands-on learning opportunities at County College of Morris focus on current topics that enhance the school’s ongoing commitment to provide a solid education for students to improve their lives and impact the world around them.
CCM faculty members have designed the learning programs both for students seeking credit toward a degree and those looking for professional development and personal enrichment opportunities. The programs will be offered starting in the 2018-19 Academic Year.
The new, comprehensive experiential-learning programs cover a wide range of relevant areas including:
“While we always have offered hands-on learning opportunities, these projects have allowed us to expand upon that,” notes Professor John Soltes, from the Department of Communication, who is serving as project co-chair. “Studies clearly have shown that the most successful students are those who take part in high-impact practices, and they are the most likely to become effective leaders.”
Focusing on civic engagement from an interdisciplinary perspective, the learning experiences will provide participants with opportunities to work in the community, examine social issues from multiple viewpoints and explore complex topics in an engaging manner. The programs will be offered either as stand-alone classes or incorporated into multiple courses where students will gather together at least once a month with their professors to dig deeper into the topics. Some of the new learning experiences include:
“These are perfect examples of the life-building experiences that we offer CCM students,” said CCM President Anthony J. Iacono. “By attending CCM, our students are offered experiential learning opportunities early in their educational career, instead of having to wait until they are juniors or seniors, which is one of the great benefits community colleges offer.”
“The projects are in line with the college’s strategic plan, which calls for increasing student engagement in the community, global learning and service learning,” explained Professor James Hart, professor and chair of the Department of Languages and ESL, who also is serving as project co-chair. The other co-chairs for the interdisciplinary programs are Dr. Marcia Picallo from the Department of Languages and ESL, and Professor Buffy Reilly from the Department of Nursing.