P916: Community service to help students with necessary life skills

Author: Kristine Smetana, John Tyler Community College, USA

Co-Author: Ann Sullivan, John Tyler Community College, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

Students at the community college level are thought to just take courses to satisfy requirements for an associate’s degree; however, many of these students need to learn life skills as well. Students want to feel as though they are part of their institution. John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College has very active students who enjoy participating in activities. Students do networking with other students through the ACS Younger Chemist Committee activities as well as ACC Women Chemists Committee Career Panels, meeting faculty from area colleges and universities, chemists from area companies, and students from student affiliate groups. Community activities include participating in National Chemistry Week, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, ACS webinars, and ACS local section dinners and lecture series. Students enjoy attending lectures given in a variety of disciplines across the state as well as helping elementary and middle school children get a taste for chemistry. Students volunteer to not only run events but also to help design age-appropriate and engaging activities for children. Many of the events are done in partnership with the Virginia Local Section. Students learn life skills on how to meet people, become a teacher, and engage an audience while enhancing their science learning. Some students have even been accepted into REU and bridges programs towards the end of their community college experience. They feel more confident in their science knowledge and personal skills they develop over a 2-year period. Program details and outcomes will be presented.

P94: Community service to help students with necessary life skills [WITHDRAWN]

Author: Kristine Smetana, John Tyler Community College, USA

Co-Author: Ann Sullivan, Reynolds Community College, USA

Date: 8/3/14

Time: 3:05 PM3:25 PM

Room: MAK B1114

Related Symposium: S14

Students at the community college level are thought to just take courses to satisfy requirements for an Associates degree, however many of these student need to learn life skills to help them outside of the college. Students want to feel as though they are part of their institution. John Tyler Community College has a very active chemistry club. Reynolds Community College has very active students who enjoy participating in activities. Students do networking with other students through YCC activities, WCC Career Panels, meeting faculty from area colleges and universities, chemists from area companies, and students from student affiliate groups. Community Activities include participating in National Chemistry Week, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, ACS Webinars, and Local Section dinner/lecture series. Students enjoy attending lectures given in a variety of disciplines across the state as well as helping elementary and middle school children get a taste for chemistry by participating in these many community events. Students volunteer on their own time to not only run the event but to help design new activities that are age-appropriate for these children as well as engaging. Many of the events the students participate in are done in partnership with the Virginia Local Section. Students learn life skills on how to meet people, become the teacher, enhance their science learning and engage an audience. Some students have even been accepted into REU and Bridges Programs towards the end of their community college experience. They feel more confident in their science knowledge and personal skills they develop over a 2-year period.