It seems to me that the residents of the Randolph County area are missing out on a very important resource. The Randolph County Technical Center has been offering courses through Pierpont Community and Technical College, previously known as Fairmont State Community and Technical College, for several years.
When I began my college career, it was at the Vocational Technical center in 1999. I began taking two classes in the evening after I got off work. I now possess two degrees, an Associate's of Applied Sciences in early childhood development, and a Bachelor of Science in family and consumer sciences, early childhood specialization.
I was what was referred to as a non-traditional student (someone who had been out of high school for several years), but I had many new high school graduates and even a few high school seniors in my courses. My classes always contained at least 12-15 students, sometimes more, and were always cheaper (no room and board) than attending college on campus. I do not believe I would have been able to have gotten my degrees without my start at the Vocational Technical Center here in Randolph County.
For a couple of years now I have been excited about being offered the chance to teach several of the courses that I once completed at Fairmont State to people who are interested in working in an early childhood classroom. Every semester I excitedly sign on to teach up to three courses in the field only to have the classes canceled due to lack of enrollment. However, when I speak with others in my field, I find several people interested in the courses. This disturbs me because early childhood is such an interesting, and ever-changing field. I love the way teaching courses allows me to share my excitement over working in the field, and I want to share with others how truly wonderful working with young children can be. I have had the pleasure of teaching two courses so far, and I would gladly teach more in the future.
Maybe I will see you in one of my classes this fall.
Brenda L. Swecker