Sussex Tech students visit Widener University

Students show off the T-shirts they received during their visit to Widener University. Standing in back row (l-r) are Krysta Pritchett, Millsboro; Josh Mohun, Millsboro; Paige Robinson, Georgetown; Bryan Blake, Laurel; Brad Gordon, Milton; Garrett Beideman, Milford; Eileen Clevenger, Magnolia; Raven Berner, Georgetown; Jessica Thomas, Georgetown; Sarah Eckhardt, Bridgeville; and Bailey Joseph, Millsboro. In front are Michelle Howell, Seaford; Chelsea Timmons, Selbyville; Thomeka Floyd, Georgetown; teacher Sandy Furbush; and Abby Genshaw, Seaford. SOURCE SUBMITTED
November 27, 2012

Students in Sussex Tech’s Introduction to Teaching course took a field trip Nov. 15 to Widener University in Chester, Pa. The Introduction to Teaching course is a three-credit Widener University course being taught at Sussex Tech. It is part of the institutions’ Early Career and College Partnership program that allows high school students to earn three college credits while attending high school.

Taught by Sandy Furbush, students participating in the Introduction to Teaching course are exploring the nature and role of a classroom teacher. The duties, responsibilities and preparation of the classroom teacher are emphasized. During their visit to Widener, students had the opportunity to tour the campus and visit the university’s Early Childhood Center.

“During the visit, my students had the opportunity to see how their studies apply to an actual preschool setting,” said Furbush. “They are anxious for another visit to Widener’s charter school for elementary and middle school students.”

Sussex Tech seniors also had the opportunity to talk with college administrators. The admissions officer provided valuable information to them.

“Learning about Widener’s application process and the merit scholarships that are available really helped address some of the concerns my students had about whether to attend Widener,” said Furbush.

A highlight of the day was dining with Dr. Brenda Gilio, Widener University acting dean, School of Education, Innovation and Continuing Studies.

Sussex Tech and Widener University recently entered into an exclusive agreement to offer college programming to high school students in Sussex and Kent counties.