As an institute of higher learning, it’s pretty obvious that we’re all about education. Providing students access to learning. Delivering the necessary skills and tools to secure a career. Instilling a desire in students to use this education to give back to the communities in which they live. This Week @ Kirtland, we’ve got three great examples of education at work – past, present and future!
Although it seems the Winter 2013 semester just kicked off, we already have our eye firmly on the prize – Kirtland’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 3. Obviously, commencement is an important way to celebrate the accomplishments of our Kirtland graduates. Each year, the graduation ceremony includes a brief speech from a distinguished “Honored Alumnus.” Right now, we are accepting nominations to select the alumni who will speak to our graduation class. If you know a former Kirtland grad that inspires you, check out the selection criteria at http://www.kirtland.edu/seeking-outstanding-alumnus.html and consider getting your nomination submitted before April 12!
(A quick side-note: if you’re planning to graduate and walk in the commencement ceremony this year, make sure to apply to graduate and purchase your regalia from the Bookstore no later than March 1!)
Along the road to obtaining the graduation prize, many students rely on financial aid, grants and scholarships. The Kirtland Community College Foundation recently announced the winners of the Winter 2012-13 scholarships. These awards provided more than $6,000 of financial support for deserving students to offset the cost of pursuing higher education here at Kirtland. To see the complete list of scholarships awarded this semester, check out http://www.kirtland.edu/foundation-scholarship-recipients-2.html.
Scholarships and endowments are critical when it comes to empowering some students to pursue and achieve their educational goals. Thanks to everyone who supports the Kirtland Foundation and their efforts on behalf of our students. For more information on Kirtland Community College Foundation scholarship opportunities OR becoming a benefactor of Kirtland, visit www.kirtlandfoundation.org.
So past and present aside, some of the really cool stuff This Week @ Kirtland deals with the future! Every other Friday, Kirtland employee Pam Nuttall spends her time with a group of homeschool students in our science lab. Not only does Pam LOVE being able to show this group of up-and-coming college students tons of cool experiments in our labs, it is very obvious that these kids LOVE the time they get to spend at Kirtland.
When I visited the group last week, there were 13 students from West Branch, Rose City, St. Helen and Tawas working in teams and small groups to complete a variety of experiments in the lab, including “building their own baby!” Of these 13, eight have always been educated through homeschooling! Wow! When I asked what they liked about the opportunity to homeschool, answers ranged from:
“We get to sleep in,” “We can wear pajamas any day,” and “We’re flexible…we decide our own schedule!”
Sound a little silly at first? Be prepared to be impressed! When they got down to brass tacks, this group of forward-thinking young learners had some very impressive reasons for choosing to homeschool, including:
“It’s a misnomer that we stay home all day. Sure, we spend some time each day at our table or desk doing our work. However, a bigger part of the day is spent “out and about,” where we can learn very cool things and do things you’d never be able to do in a traditional classroom.”
Or, how about:
“Homeschooling allows our parents the ability to give us a better foundation when we’re young. We work together, share values, and grow both individually and as a family. I wouldn’t change it for anything!”
This particular homeschool group visits Kirtland just about every other Friday and they are a great group of kids. Stop by and check them out in the INS lab with Pam Nuttall. I’m betting you’ll learn something from this group of FUTURE learners…and leaders! Check out their fun photo album on Kirtland’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151454533903874.506123.145653383873&type=1!