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Education Briefs

October 12, 2017

Sussex Tech Adult Division to offer new auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes

The Sussex Tech Adult Division is expanding to offer auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes this fall. The Auto Tech Specialist - Tech C Program is designed to prepare students to take four automotive service excellence exams and advance to a Tech C level within a two-year time frame. The four-year carpentry program starts with level one this year. Registered apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job training with related instruction classes provided by Sussex Tech instructors two evenings per week. Employees who are sponsored by their employer as state-registered apprentices can enroll tuition-free. Apprenticeship training classes are also available to anyone who is not sponsored by an employer on a paid tuition basis. For more information, call 302-856-9035.

High school seniors may apply for $1,000 scholarships from Mediacom

Mediacom Communications is offering $55,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 17th consecutive year, and Mediacom's investment will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 55 high school seniors. Applicants do not have to be Mediacom customers but must live in areas where Mediacom provides broadband, video, phone and other digital communication services.

Scholarship recipients are given the flexibility to use the financial award to support educational expenses for higher education or vocational training from any accredited postsecondary institution starting in fall 2018. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership. All high schools in Mediacom-served communities were sent informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before the Friday, Feb. 16 deadline.

"As a company, Mediacom makes it a priority to give back to communities in which we do business, and one of the best ways is to invest in promising students who are our future leaders," said Mediacom Regional Vice President Doug Frank.

Recipients will be selected from the 21 states where Mediacom provides service. For applications, go to www.mediacomworldclass.com. For more information, go to scholarship@mediacomcc.com.

Service academy nomination process open until Oct. 16

Sen. Chris Coons opened the nominating process for young Delawareans who wish to apply to U.S. service academies. To qualify, applicants must be Delaware residents, unmarried citizens of the United States with no dependents, and at least 17 years old but not past their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they wish to be admitted. The applicant, or their parents, must claim Delaware as their primary state of residence. To complete the application, go to www.coons.senate.gov/services/academy-nominations. Applicants should also contact the service academies in which they are interested to request an application.

For more information, contact Desirée Burritt of Coons' Dover office at 302-736-5601 or Desiree_Burritt@coons.senate.gov. The deadline for Class 2022 submissions is Monday, Oct. 16.

College admissions workshop set at Lewes library Oct. 17

The Lewes Public Library will host Richard Porth, college admissions consultant, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17. This workshop is designed to prepare students for Cape Henlopen High School's College Application Week set Monday, Oct. 30 to Friday, Nov. 3.

Porth's workshop is designed to help students and their parents navigate the path to college. Some of the topics to be discussed include building a college ladder, search resources, the Common Application, early decision, testing, and ways to finance college. Porth will also discuss SEED and applying to Delaware Tech and the University of Delaware. There will also be time dedicated to answering any questions students or their parents may have.

Porth is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association, and Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling. Registration is required. Interested students and their parents can sign up in the teen wing of the Lewes Public Library. For more information or to register by phone, call 302-645-2733.

Joshua M. Freeman Foundation begins arts in education initiative

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation has kicked off its arts in education initiative of the 2017-18 school year, a poetry program, which will take place in Sussex County high schools.

This program begins with a poetry presentation from Delaware's Poets Laureate, The Twin Poets, Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills. Students will also participate in Brown Box Theatre's voice and movement workshops, which will focus on voice and movement for poetry. Then, students will take part in a writing workshop with JoAnn Balingit, Poetry Out Loud coordinator and past Delaware poet laureate.

Participating schools include Woodbridge, Milford, Indian River, Seaford, Sussex Central, Howard T. Ennis, Delmar, Cape Henlopen and Laurel high schools as well as Sussex Academy and Sussex Tech.

This initiative embodies the mission of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which is partnering to present memorable performances and provide inspired arts education for all, and it exposes Sussex County students to rich arts experiences while aligning with their curriculum.