Exploratory and preparatory Early Childhood Education pathway students in Shannon Foster's Family & Consumer Science program visited Somerset Community College on December 10.
A financial aid advisor, admissions counselor, and CARE advisor spoke first about the importance of FAFSA, scheduling early, and other valuable information. Afterwards, two professional development coaches (Rachael Corriveau and Gwen Johnson through the Child Care Aware of KY) shared information about industry certificates and other certifications and degrees available in the field.
Some of the students have already earned the Commonwealth Child Care Credential Certificate of Eligibility, Pediatric Head Trauma training certificate, and Orientation certificate within Foster's Early Childhood Education pathway program. This will put those students a step ahead of those high school students who are not given that opportunity.
Lastly, Donna Eastham spoke about the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program that she heads at SCC. She emphasized the exciting opportunities to continue their education past the AAS into the certified education major at various universities.
“Ms. Eastham has done so much to advance the early childhood field in our area. The students were exposed to many different areas of preparing for college within the team presentation,” said WCHS Teacher Shannon Foster.
Afterwards, the students toured the labor and delivery unit at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Erica Anderson, RN/ Nurse Manager/ Women and Children's Services, provided information on the labor and delivery process as well neonatal care. Students were given the opportunity to look at various labor and delivery equipment, view newborn babies through the nursery window, and ask extra questions in the conference room.
“Ms. Anderson always does an excellent job presenting the information,” noted Foster.
Donna Eastham (IECE professor) with Callie Foster (WCHS graduate who has declared IECE as her major and also a chaperone for field trip)
Erica Anderson with students from WCHS
Shannon Foster, Family and Consumer Science Teacher
Students listening to presentation at SCC.