Blue Bell, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Virtual Campus is receiving national attention after earning its first-ever “Learning! 100” award from Elearning! magazine in late 2015.
The award recognizes innovative learning programs in public and private sectors across the country. MCCC ranked 24th in the public sector category and was recognized, specifically, for the comprehensive process through which faculty design and refresh their online courses.
According to Kelly Trahan, director of MCCC’s Virtual Campus, that process is two-fold. New faculty learn how to teach online and build academic courses by participating in a collaborative course of their own—e-Learning 101 (EL 101), facilitated by an instructional designer. Meanwhile, existing online faculty engage in a “refresh” process any time curricular modifications are made.
“EL 101 exposes new faculty to best practices in e-Learning while they learn how to build an online course for the first time, explained Trahan. “The refresh process is one of checks and balances. Faculty evaluate their courses to ensure they are meeting their intended goals while providing the appropriate level of work for their students.”
To date, 95 percent of the 300-plus Virtual Campus courses currently offered have undergone the “refresh” process.
“Our faculty are dedicated to creating a high-quality learning experience for students, regardless of location,” shared Trahan. “We also have a very strong information technology (IT) team that supports faculty and students and is always looking for the best products and tech to improve students’ experiences.”
While the latest recognition focused on faculty processes, MCCC’s Virtual Campus offers a great deal of support to online students as well. Examples include online advising, access to live tutors, support discussion boards and online readiness resources.
“We have a short course that teaches students how to navigate BlackBoard, time management and course netiquette. It’s free once they register for an online course,” said Trahan.
In fall 2015, 3,654 students were enrolled in online and hybrid courses through MCCC’s Virtual Campus—an increase of close to six percent over the previous year. Currently, the Virtual Campus features more than 300 online and hybrid courses in over 30 degree and certificate programs. Courses are offered in flexible seven, 10 and 15-week sessions, as well as 21-day winter session.
To learn more about MCCC’s Virtual Campus, visit http://www.mc3.edu/virtual.
Blue Bell, PA — The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Central Campus in Blue Bell is actively recruiting patients with periodontal, or gum, disease for the fall semester. Patients will be screened for eligibility on Monday, Jan. 25 by appointment, and those who qualify will begin treatment.
Treatment includes a complete assessment of the patient’s oral and periodontal health; dental x-rays, if necessary; education in self-care; scaling; tooth polishing; and fluoride treatment. Multiple, three-hour appointments are necessary.
Interested persons should contact the Dental Hygiene Clinic at 215-641-6483 and leave a message with their name and telephone number. The Clinic is located in room 211 of the Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, near the Morris Road entrance to the campus.
MCCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic has been providing the public with comprehensive preventive dental hygiene services since 1973. Licensed dentists and dental hygiene faculty supervise all treatment procedures in the College’s state-of-the-art laboratory. The Clinic operates September through May, by appointment, and is part of Dental Hygiene students’ clinical requirements.
For a full list of services and fees, or to learn more about MCCC’s Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program, visit http://www.mc3.edu, then click on Health Sciences, followed by Dental Hygiene.
Blue Bell/Pottstown Pa.—A total of 182 students were inducted into Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Alpha Kappa Zeta (Central Campus) and Beta Tau Lambda (West Campus) chapters of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society of two-year colleges, during the fall 2015 semester. To be eligible for PTK membership, students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 and must have completed at least 12 credits.
The fall 2015 inductees are listed below by area of residence:
Abington: Marianne Heath, Antonio Perez, Allegra Schnitzel
Ambler: Daniel Asper, Doris Brooke, Caroline Coloracci, Dana McMonagle, Teresa Stanton, David Vigano
Ardmore: Jesse Putnam, Sharon West
Audubon: Erin Emery
Blue Bell: Moon Young Bang, Ashley Doyle, Chelsea Mitlas, Patrick Nucci, Hollie Roberts, Suzanne Sellers, Trevor Vascellaro
Bridgeport: Patricia Hart, Robert McCorkell
Chalfont: Stephen Scafidi
Coatesville: Judith McCole
Collegeville: William Bianco, Philip Cappelli, Nicholas Duffy, Pat Guarnieri, Robert Levine, Regina Macmurtrie, Geoffrey Melle, David Moran
Douglassville: Jeffrey Smith
Doylestown: Andrew Durkin
Eagleville: Bethany Smith
East Greenville: Jeffrey Regitko
East Norriton: Esther Chun, Jennifer Gill
Elkins Park: William Schwarz
Elverson: Sean Fox
Erdenheim: Mark Vido
Fort Washington: Rosanna Avraham
Gilbertsville: Samuel Cocchimiglio, Deborah Gehret, Kimberly Trotter
Glenside: Emma Morris, Dianna Pax, Mary Yancy
Green Lane: Jessica Yelito
Harleysville: Katalin Abraham, Elizabeth Bones, Lauren Dunlap, Celeste Heim, Rebecca Levengood, David Maga, Alexandra Murphy, Natalie Watterworth
Hatboro: Anna Angely, Alison Culbert, Rah Kim
Hatfield: Judith Allen, Sandra Beitler, Varun Belani, Brandon Gilrain, Sarah Kling, Matthew McBride, Jessica McLaughlin, Angela Russak
Haverford: Katelyn McCauley, Elias Pery
Horsham: Jeffrey Kenney, Victoria Rivers, Jane Son, Nina Valdera
Huntingdon Valley: Luis Sotelo
Jenkintown: Yasmina Bdeir
King Of Prussia: Shaya Edelman, Casey Griffith, William Orem, Alexander Russakoff, Alyssa Weber
Lafayette Hill: Brian Seyler
Langhorne: James Macomber
Lansdale: Caitlin Beck, Prashanta Dhakal, Mark Dunigan, Kandice Hill, Mengwei Kong, Leeanne Pennegar, David Rowan, Mary Zabriskie
Lower Gwynedd: Samantha Schafer
Narberth: Dori Malloy
Norristown: Royce Brenner, Jaquelin Cruz-Jordan, Nina Gajewski, Stacey Greaves, Elizabeth Palesano, Alexander Profrock, Matthew Torrence, Christopher Waters, Hyuck Yun
North Wales: Robert Carswell, Justin Colon, Eric Knoblauch, Harry Lee, Fiamma Tulli, Sean Wang
Oreland: Daniel McGlinchey
Pennsburg: Dana Jones, Chad Petipren, Abigail Pusey, Katarzyna Sitko
Philadelphia: Patrick Carr, Emmett Johnson, Marisa Seidman
Phoenixville: Brian D’Onofrio, Ahmad Hasaan, Caroline Heasley, Sabrina Pelletier, Janette Zillmann
Plymouth Meeting: Kyle Bone, Joi King, Thomas Rosa, Rosalie Stein
Pottstown: Nicholas Bartelmo, Phillip Benjamin, Emily Bohn, Fernando Garcia, Grant Gaugler, Carrie Grabowicz, Alan Jensen-Sellers, Anthony Johnson, Steven Kidd, Tracy King, Hans Konarkowski, Kathleen Latshaw, Dung Le, Jasmine Maldonado, Robert Moon, Carrie Partington, Michelle Rentschler, Alexandra Rodriguez, Ruben Tolentino, Kali Wade, Heather Zabicki
Reading: Sikira Valle, Selina Yensan
Red Hill: Jocelyn Belisle, William Cox, Mary Heebner
Royersford: Kathleen Brady, Heather Curran, Phoebe Ivady, Lynn Lang, Emily Maxwell, Kyle Surbrook
Saint Peters: Amanda Selwyn
Schwenksville: Jennifer Ciccotosto, Nicole Scott
Souderton: Sarah Doelp, Matthew Finley, Ruth Rowland, Lavinia Soliman
Southampton: Katherine Rose
Stowe: Javier Rodriguez, Stacey Thompson
Telford: Alisyn Davidson, Emily Freed, Kara Gaburon
Trappe: Jose Catalan, Michael Reiner
Upper Gwynedd: Nancy Henggeler
Villanova: James Mearns
Warminster: Stephanie Harper
Wayne: Audrey O’Keefe
West Point: Danielle Butler
Willow Grove: Michelle Paripsky, Alexandra Winterle
Wyncote: Keith Palmer
Wyndmoor: Maria Thomas
Wynnewood: Marta Garnczarska, Leah Gottfried