MCCC Celebrates Earth Day With Week Of Green Activities

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa—Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will join communities across the world in celebrating Earth Day 2014, the theme of which is “Green Cities.” Launched in fall 2013, the Earth Day Network’s “Green Cities” campaign focuses on three key elements of sustainability: energy, green building and transportation.

While Earth Day itself is observed annually on April 22, MCCC will hold a variety of activities on April 21-24. All events are free of charge and are open to the community. For information, visit MCCC’s Think Green blog at http://www.mc3green.wordpress.com.

On Monday, April 21, MCCC will dedicate its new wind turbines during a 2 p.m. ceremony at its West Campus in Pottstown.  Four 25-foot vertical axis wind turbines were recently installed outside MCCC’s Schuylkill Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center at 140 College Drive. The turbines are part of MCCC’s Guaranteed Energy Services Agreement with Siemens Industry Inc.

Each turbine produces 1,000 watts of energy, for a combined 4,000 watts, which helps to power the LED lighting in the Center’s parking lot. The wind turbines also serve as a teaching and learning tool for MCCC’s lab science courses, among others.

On Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day, MCCC will hold an Eco Style Fashion Show from noon-2 p.m. in the Parkhouse Hall Atrium at the College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Coordinated by Public Relations student Katrina Lundy, the event will feature MCCC students modeling sustainable outfits from Plato’s Closet, of Willow Grove, and from the College’s Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore.

Then, from 1-2 p.m., MCCC will introduce its new “greener” transportation shuttle during a ceremony on the Central Campus quad, outside of the Advanced Technology Center. The new vehicle runs on compressed natural gas as opposed to traditional diesel fuel, which, according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, will reduce emissions by 11 tons of carbon dioxide annually based in the vehicle’s 2013 mileage of 28,560.

MCCC partners with the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF) to operate the 20-passenger shuttle to help students commute between its Blue Bell and Pottstown campuses. The shuttle makes four round-trips per day, Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters; it is free to students and is equipped with wi-fi. Last year, the shuttle program reduced vehicle mileage by more than 520,000 and eliminated emissions of more than 54,500 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Next, the College will hold its annual Earth Day Block Parties from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 in the South Hall Lobby at the West Campus, 101 College Drive, and on Thursday, April 24 in the Advanced Technology Center atrium at the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The block parties will showcase sustainability initiatives and activities from programs, classes, departments and individuals from throughout the College. Exhibits include the student Environmental Club; RecycleMania; Green Office Initiative; carbon footprint calculations; SEPTA, Zimride and other transportation options; green merchandise from Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstores; Siemens self-funding energy conservation project; CulinArt Farmers Market; sustainable Economics poster session; composting; health-related information; Culinary Arts Institute Landfill-Free Initiative; spring bike maintenance; and more.

Since signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, sustainability has become a core value at Montgomery County Community College and is incorporated into the institution’s strategic plan, core curriculum, and in everyday best practices as they relate to facilities management, campus operations and transportation. Chaired by President Dr. Karen A. Stout, a team of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members comprise the Climate Commitment Advisory Council, which guides sustainability efforts toward attaining carbon neutrality by 2050.

To learn more about the MCCC’s Sustainability Initiative, visit http://www.mc3green.wordpress.com.

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Tri-County Area YWCA’s 1st Women’s History Month Celebration 2014

Where: Montgomery County Community College West
101 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464

When: Sunday, March 09, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

RSVP: Dawn Short (610) 323 – 1888 ext. 202

Email: dshort@ywcatricountyarea.org

Price: $40 Includes performance & lunch

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $35 BEFORE FEB. 07
Get Your Tickets Now-This Event Is Sure To Sell Out Fast!

Featuring: Dr. Daisy Nelson Century - Dr. Daisy Nelson Century defines her role as a Historical Interpreter because she becomes that character.  She dresses like the character from that particular time period and weaves their story to the audience from birth to death.  She engages the audience through every phase of their life.  The audience will be right there to laugh, cry, sigh, and cheer as the character unfolds right in front of their eyes.  The performances are usually 35 minutes to 1 hour long. There is always room for questions at the end. 

Dr. Daisy Century has her Ed.D. She taught for over twenty years in the Philadelphia School System as an award winning science teacher.  She has become quite a history hound and historian researching information for her historical interpretations.

YWCA Tri-County Area  *  315 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

(610) 323 – 1888 *  www.ywcatricountyarea.org 

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Montgomery County Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As 2014 begins to unfold, Montgomery County Community College’s will start to celebrate its 50th year of thinking big and providing high-quality, accessible higher education for the citizens of Montgomery County and beyond.

“Fifty years ago, Montgomery County Community College was founded on the bold belief that education has the power to transform lives and communities. The College’s early visionaries laid the framework for what we are today—a community hub for education, innovation, workforce training and cultural activity,” says MCCC President Dr. Karen A. Stout. “We are proud to celebrate our 50th anniversary. This is a special time to reflect upon our accomplishments, thank the people who made those achievements possible and look forward to thinking bigger for the next 50 years.”

More than 50 years ago in 1963, Pennsylvania passed the Community College Act, which provides the legal framework for the establishment of community colleges in the Commonwealth. Even before the ink was dry on the new legislation, a Montgomery County steering committee investigated and confirmed the need for a community college in the County. The College was officially established on Dec. 8, 1964 and opened its doors in October 1966 in the former Conshohocken High School Building at Fayette and 7th streets in Conshohocken. In 1972, it moved to its current location at 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and in 1996, the West Campus in Pottstown opened. In the fall 2013, the College opened its new state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Institute, 1400 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale. For the future, the College is currently in the planning stages of transforming its existing Physical Education building into a Health Sciences Center.

Read more: http://mc3bignews.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/montgomery-county-community-college-celebrates-50th-anniversary/

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Tri-County High School Art Exhibit At MCCC West Campus In Pottstown

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High school students from Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties will showcase their artwork at Montgomery County Community College’s first Tri-County High School Art Exhibition and Competition at its Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

The exhibition opens Monday, Jan. 13, and will continue through Friday, Feb. 21. The artists’ reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m. with the awards presentation at 6 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community.

Students from approximately 20 public, parochial and private schools were invited to participate in the exhibition. The artwork features a variety of subjects and styles in an array of media. College art faculty members will be judging the artwork.

More details: http://calendar.mc3.edu/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=1772&information_id=2563&type=&syndicate=syndicate

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TriCounty Community Network To Hold Meeting On Preventing & Preparing For School Emergencies

The TriCounty Community Network (TCN) Build Up Youth Committee will be hosting a meeting on “School Emergencies: Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery”.  In the wake of recent tragedies, the speaker, Matthew Moyer, principal at Rupert Elementary School will talk about how the TriCounty community can help our schools protect our children.

State Rep. Mark Painter will also be at the event and will speak to the attendees.

Tuesday, February 19, 8am – 10am

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown

  Breakfast Sponsor: Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Click here to register or call TCN at 610-705-3301 ext. 2.

TCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that partners with nonprofits, businesses and community members to improve health, social and environmental conditions.  Serving Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, TCN offers six key programs: Build Up Youth, CARE (caregivers support), Environmental Awareness, Homeless Services, SAFE (Supporting Abuse Free Environments), and Workforce Development.  For more information on TCN, visit www.tcnetwork.org.  

Reading School District Security Chief Leaving

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Reading School District has lost its top security official.

Russell DelRosario, director of security, announced he’ll leave the district at the end of the week.  He will take over as director of security for Montgomery County Community College‘s west campus in Pottstown.

DelRosario, a 44-year-old former New York City police officer, was hired by the district in January 2010.

He said he feels he’s been able to accomplish a lot during his tenure to help improve safety in the district.

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=443731

Healthy Lifestyles EXPO – POTTSTOWN

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Healthy Lifestyles EXPO

Friday, April 20, 9:30am-1:30pm

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

101 College Drive, Pottstown

Sponsored by State Representative Quigley’s Office, Montgomery County Community College, the Mercury, & TriCounty Community Network.

 http://www.repquigley.com/healthy_lifestyles.aspx

EXPO Workshops for Seniors & Caregivers

Presented by the TCN CARE & Environmental Awareness Programs

10:00am – 10:30am Saving Money with Medicare 

Presenter: Virginia Cox, Boyertown Area Multi-Service

 

10:30am – 11:00am Elder Law & Guardianship
Presenter:  Robert Slutsky, Robert M. Slutsky Associates

 

11:00am – 11:30am Senior Living Options

Presenters:  Stacey Petroff, Home Instead Senior Care

Shirlee Barlow, Columbia Cottage Assisted Living

 

11:30am – 12:00pm Financial Needs of the Older Adult

Presenter:  Charles Delaney,

Aging & Adult Services of Montgomery County

 

12:00pm – 12:30pm Veteran’s Affairs Benefits

Presenter:  Kathy Martin, O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei

 

12:30pm – 1:00pm  How to Make a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan

Presenter:  Dr. Lewis Cuthbert, Alliance for a Clean Environment    

The Effects Of Domestic Violence In The Workplace

Tri-County Community Network Membership Meeting

The Effects of Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Panel Discussion

Learn more about workplace safety, productivity and liability issues related to domestic violence.

Tuesday, October 18, 8am-10am

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

101 College Drive, Pottstown

Presented by the TCN SAFE (Supporting Abuse Free Environments) Program

Special Thanks to our Breakfast Sponsor

Atria Woodbridge Place

To register call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2

Schuylkill River Festival, Saturday, October 8th, Pottstown

The 2011 Schuylkill River Festival in Pottstown will be held this Saturday, October 8th from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Fine art, crafts, kid’s activities, music and food.  Native American Dancing and displays, cultural exhibits from various groups, and Environmental Conservation and Preservation Displays.

The Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show and Sale, featuring original 85 works from regional artists, will be open throughout the day at Montgomery County Community College‘s Art Gallery, at 16 W. High Street.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will also host a Schuylkill River Trail information table with free full-color maps to anyone signing up for our email updates.

New this year will be a geocaching table, sponsored by Vintage Connections, with guided geocaching hunts at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.  You can take the 2011 Schuylkill River Trail Geocaching Adventure and enter to win a gift basket with wine, books and other items from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Vintage Connections.