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Students Gain Experience at Area Early Education Programs

Twelve Pennsylvania College of Technology students are completing their studies toward an associate degree in early childhood education with practicum experiences at area facilities.

The students, all in their last semester of study at Penn College, must complete 225 practicum hours in early childhood facilities, where they write and implement lesson plans, interact with children and families, and develop professional skills. Supervising teachers mentor the students and help them practice the necessary skills for employment in the early care and education field.

In addition, the students participate in biweekly, two-hour seminar meetings with fellow practicum students. The seminar meetings allow them to analyze concerns, issues and successes while developing strategies for improving instructional competence.

Spring 2011 participating students and locations include:

  • Kendra J. Blair, of Trout Run, Lycoming-Clinton Head Start, McElhattan
  • Emily N. Cimini, of South Williamsport, Lycoming-Clinton Head Start, McElhattan
  • Lillian G. Davis, of Williamsport, McKenzie’s Christian Learning Center, Muncy
  • Travis M. Deaver, of Cogan Station, Lycoming Pre-K Counts, Williamsport
  • Janet Y. Eiswerth, of Allenwood, The Children’s Learning Center, Penn College
  • Jennifer L. Engle, of Northumberland, Susquehanna Children’s Center, Selinsgrove
  • Kattie I. Heisey, of Richfield, Lycoming Pre-K Counts, Williamsport
  • Megan E. Holt, of Williamsport, All Things Bright and Beautiful Pre-K Counts, Avis
  • Amanda L. Martz, of Riverside, The Children’s Learning Center, Penn College
  • Courtney M. McChesney, of Lemont, Mom’s Preschool, McElhattan
  • Vanessa L. Walter, of Millmont, The Children’s Learning Center, Penn College
  • Kristen A. Winder, of Hughesville, Pitter Patter Day School, Muncy

The early childhood education program at Penn College is one of three associate-degree programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

To learn more about early childhood education and other academic programs offered by the School of Integrated Studies at Penn College, call 570-327-4521 or visit online .

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