Education briefs – Partners in Learning Moves Special Needs Fashion Show Virtual

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Education briefs: Partners in Learning moves special needs fashion show virtual - Salisbury Post


SALISBURY – Partners In Learning will be canceling its in-person Special Needs Fashion Show scheduled for Sept. 14 due to increasing COVID-19 numbers in Rowan County. A virtual date will be announced later in the autumn.

“There are so many variables to consider when planning an event during a pandemic. Our committee took the time to review the specifics of our event including, current COVID-19 rates, safety recommendations, and the families who star in our show, which led to the difficult decision to go 100% virtual with this year’s event. Many of our models are medically fragile and it is our responsibility to keep them safe. Last year our virtual Fashion Show was our most successful year. We hope that the community can support us again this year, just as they did last year,” Norma Honeycutt, executive director of PIL, stated.

The annual fashion show this event is in memory of Jacob Usher, an alumnus who died in 2015 at eight from a heart condition. This event raises funds for programming needs, including adaptive equipment and materials. It also provides scholarships for families that would otherwise not be able to afford the services.

“Families of children with special needs can face a tremendous amount of medical and educational expenses. It is our goal that no child be told no services because of the family’s financial situation,” Amy Vestal is the Development Director.

Partners In Learning started providing telehealth services for parents during the pandemic. They are continuing to provide these services during the current surge.

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“The need is greater than ever, with our waitlist over 420 children long. Parents are calling us daily, pleading to get their child into our high-quality early education center. Just because there isn’t room at our centers doesn’t mean we can’t support the family,” Intervention Director Cassie Karriker said..

Send a check to 2386 Robin Rd. Salisbury, NC 28144 or by visiting epartnersinlearning.org.

Hood received a seed grant of $10,000 for theological education and climate change

SALISBURY –Hood Theological Seminary was invited to apply and received the Climate Change and Theological Education seed grant worth $10,000 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

Hood is one of two Association of Theological School’s seminaries that have received this grant. The grant requires that the required course be updated and that the seminary organize a campus event to discuss the global climate crisis.  The grant deliverables will include the International Center for Faith, Science, and HistoryHood and Sharon Grant will serve as project directors and teaching faculty.

Students from RCCC get placed in 2021 Skills USA

SALISBURY – Nine students from Rowan Cabarrus Community College competed in the 2021 SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships. The virtual conference featured Career and Technical Education. Students participated in over 120 trade, technical, and leadership competitions in more than 95 trade areas.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Automotive, Cosmetology, Electrical Systems Technology, Engineering, and Graphics program has the following students design this year, there were many programs that were placed in the competition:

Marc Fruchtman of Salisbury, first place, Engineering Skill Project Showcase
Morgan Stack of Concord, second place, Cosmetology
Cody Hill of Concord, third place, Electrical Construction Wiring
Joshua Fruchtman of Salisbury, fourth place, Automotive Systems Technology
Brianna Richer of Salisbury, third place, Graphic Design
Jeinny Lopez Isep of Concord, fourth place, Pin Design Contest
Nick Arnsten of Salisbury, third place, T-Shirt Design
Rachel Sedlacek of Concord, fourth place, T-Shirt Design
Darren Steele of Kannapolis, fifth place, T-Shirt Design

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“We are proud of these talented students and applaud the skills they have developed in their chosen fields of study,” RCCC President Carol Spalding said. “College is about more than just going to class, and getting involved in organizations like SkillsUSA helps students take their education and career prospects to the next level.”

This year’s Rowan-Cabarrus advisors included Tony Bean and Jim De Friess, Engineering; Denise Tuchek, Cosmetology; Ryland Perry, Advertising and Graphic Design; James Hauss, Electrical Systems Technology; and Carl Smith, Automotive Systems Technology. Jon Crockett, HVAC, provided additional assistance.

The College’s Skills USA Chapter was recognized as a quality chapter in the Chapter of Excellence Program.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership made up of teachers, students, and industry. They work together to ensure America has skilled workers. This includes providing students with opportunities to develop personal skills and workplace skills as well as technical skills that are grounded in academics. The national organization is home to more than 350,000 students and instructors.

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