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Patrick Henry Community College
Beginning a Geoscience Program at a Two-Year College part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
I teach at Patrick Henry Community College, which resides in a fairly rural and economically depressed part of Virginia. Many of our students are first generation college students and are coming back to school for retraining after having lost a factory job. With the exception of earth science (GOL110), which is not a transferrable science course for general studies students and thus never had any significant enrollment, PHCC has only offered geology classes for four years. Having started the geology program at PHCC, there are three main areas upon which I am focusing to support geoscience students: introduction to the value of geoscience and access, transfer and career option, and training with workforce and transfer skills.
Museum field trip: review of course and introduction to deep time part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
To make the concept of distance time more concrete my historical geology class takes a field trip to the state natural history museum. I use a distance analogy similar to those used by others with toilet paper (Wenner, 2011). We construct our timescale using the facilities at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, so the class has 30 meters to walk off time (marking major events and the marks for eons, era and Phanerozoic period boundaries), and then the students look at the exhibits, record some of the fossils found at the museum and add them to the timeline tying together the two different elements of the field trip.
Physical Geology (Lecture and Lab) at Patrick Henry Community College part of Math You Need:Implementations
Implementor(s): Brett Dooley Enrollment: 18 Anticipated Start Date: August 22, 2011 (Semester) Challenges to using math in introductory geoscience Patrick Henry Community College is a two-year school in ...