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Last Modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

VGCC Education Students complete afterschool training

Sep. 11, 2013

Several Vance-Granville Community College students recently completed special training for afterschool program administrators and staff members. For the first time, VGCC School-Age Education program head Jacquelin Heath incorporated the “Upping Your Afterschool Game” course content into a curriculum course, School-Age Program Administration (EDU 263), this summer. Heath’s program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and a diploma in School-Age Education, as well as a School-Age Care certificate.


“Providing the North Carolina Afterschool Professional Development Competency Training allowed our curriculum students to receive the latest, most up-to-date information to make them better prepared as professionals once they graduate,” said Heath. The students were then eligible to receive a certificate in addition to completing their regular coursework. The certificate acknowledged their completion of the “School-Age Professional Core Competencies Training” worth one continuing education unit (CEU). Students who completed the training included William B. Peace of Durham; Zelma Bhuya of Henderson; Imani Guy and Aqueria T. Hargrove, both of Kittrell; Arrieanne Power of Louisburg; Megan Sullivan of Oxford; and Ashley Woods of Wake Forest.


The “Upping Your Afterschool Game” course was developed by the N.C. Center for Afterschool Programs and the N.C. Afterschool Professional Development Work Group, which includes the N.C. Community College System. The training aims to help both new and experienced afterschool administrators and staff members to apply certain core competencies to strengthen their organizations. Subjects covered during the course include hiring and training staff to work with children.


Professionals who are already working in the field can take this professional development course on Saturdays starting in October. For more information, contact Jacquelin Heath at (252) 738-3298.


Above: In the foreground, Ashley Woods (left) talks with Megan Sullivan, while in back, Aqueria Hargrove (standing) talks with Imani Guy, as they participate in scenarios in which they practice interviewing and hiring staff for an afterschool program. (VGCC photo)


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