3/29/12 Board members, college officials meet

Board members, college officials meet
The Times-News 3/29/12     
Reprinted with permission.

   Members of the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education, the Alamance Community College Board of Trustees and the Alamance County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday.

   The evening meeting consisted largely of a meal and a chance for members of the three boards to talk in small groups. Besides board members, administrators and staff members from the school system, community college and county attended.

   Lillie Cox, the superintendent of Alamance-Burlington Schools, and Martin Nadelman, president of Alamance Community College, talked about collaborations between the school system and college. So did Gene Couch, the college’s executive vice president, and Kent Byrd, the system’s executive director of secondary school leadership.

   One example was the Alamance-Burlington Middle College, a non-traditional high school in which students take both high school and college classes. Cox shared information showing the school has made steady improvements in areas such as test scores during the last several years. A story about the middle college is planned for Sunday’s edition of the Times-News.

   Other examples include:   

  • Opportunities for high school students to learn about stem cell research through the college’s biotechnology department.
  • Educating students and parents about new state requirements and opportunities for high school students to take community college courses for free.
  • A partnership between the system and the college’s business and industry services division that gives students training that leads to job opportunities with companies such as LabCorp.
  • Summer programs in basic math skills, so students are better prepared when they start college.
  • Not every member of the three boards attended the meeting. All school board members were present, but not all college trustees were there. Of the five county commissioners, three — Eddie Boswell, Tom Manning and Linda Massey — were at the meeting.