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Volume 12 Issue 19 August 19-25, 2019

Welcome to Fall Semester 2019!

New Semester Brings More Changes

Career Technical Building

As the Career Technical Education (CTE) building is nearing completion, classes that will soon be held there are already underway this semester. What this means for everyone is a bit of creative shuffling on and off campus in order to accommodate the extra bodies in the existing space.

New associate degree and certificate programs that are starting this semester include the Associate Degree Nursing, Facility Maintenance Technology, Automotive Systems Technology, Masonry, and Sustainable Agriculture. The Medical Assisting program has been moved off site to a space at the FirstHealth Montgomery Medical Office Building. This move allows the program to be taught in a space that allows faculty to simulate the medical office environment. The fourth cohort of Montgomery County Early College High School freshmen will be on campus and the first class of seniors will begin their final year! Additionally, renovations will begin in Blair Hall. Whew! That's a LOT of change!

With change comes growing pains. Our hope is that we can all navigate this growth spurt with patience and understanding. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to an instructor or MCC staff member. We will do our best to help.

Bodenheimer Sets New Collegiate Record

Second-year MCC Forestry student Wesley Bodenheimer set a new national collegiate record for the stock saw at the 2019 Stihl U.S. Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the end of July. Wesley was a wildcard participant in the nationals as a result of taking a strong 3rd place - only two points behind the winner - in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Qualifier last March.

Wesley placed 5th overall in the U.S. Championship where he competed in three additional events including the underhand chop, the standing block chop, and the single buck saw. Wesley is only the second MCC student ever to compete in the U.S. collegiate competition. The first was Matt Slingerland, the son of Mike Slingerland, who is Wesley's coach. Matt and Mike are both professional timbersports competitors.

Watch Wesley set the new U.S. collegiate stock saw record here. Watch his interview immediately following his performance where he does a great job representing MCC. Congratulations Wesley!

Get on the right track to all your technical resources with MCC TechTrail!

The NEW! MCC TechTrail button at the top of the MCC home page can be used to access all of your frequently-used technical resources such as Blackboard, email, self-service, password reset, continuing education registration, emergency notification changes, library searches, Nelnet and more. New students can use the account activation link to find their username and set up their initial password for these services. Look for the MCC TechTrail button at the top of MCC's home page to get started on the trail to all your MCC accounts!

New Lactation Room Now Available

What's a Lactation Room?

A lactation room is a private space where a nursing mother can express breast milk for her baby. The room has been provided by a grant with help from Sandhills Center Family Support and Community Collaboration.

Instructors and students who are nursing mothers are invited to use the room as needed. The room is located in Capel Hall in the library.

The financial aid office announces job opportunities through the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. The FWS provides jobs for students who need financial assistance. Students may work up to 20 hours a week or more as approved by the financial aid office. The salary will be at least the current federal minimum wage.

FWS positions are now available for the fall semester. Workers will start in September and will continue through the first week of December. Please click this link for a list of positions, hours, and job descriptions. Please click this link for an application.

If you have questions, please contact Tammy Owens in the financial aid office at owenst5733@montgomery.edu or at 910-898-9614.

You're Invited . . .

Join Montgomery Community College on a trip to England, Ireland, & Wales in May 2020!

This is a nine-day, study-abroad trip to the British Isles. See Killarney, Blarney, Dublin, Holyhead, the British Midlands, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and of course, London. Your trip includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, on-tour transportation, regional-style meals, expert local tour guides, entrance fares to sites, and a full-time tour director. Visit the link for more information.

The trip cost is $3,615, or slightly higher for semi-private rooms. Tour-guide tip (required), trip insurance (required), and optional additional excursions are charged separately. You can reserve your place for only $95, and there are flexible financing options.

Studying abroad is one of the best educational experiences you can have. See what other students have to say about their travel experiences. Still not sure? Email Renee Jones at jonesr9835@montgomery.edu with questions or to discuss how you can make this trip of a lifetime possible.

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