Alliance and Canton Middle School Students Attend College Visitation Day

May 14, 2009

Cecil Shorts addresses students from Alliance and Canton middle schools at CAPE Program.Eighth grade students from Alliance and Canton middle schools attended a College Visitation day at Mount Union College on Tuesday, May 12.

This day was sponsored by Council Attracting Prospective Educators (CAPE) and Mount Union College. Dr. Thomas Gannon, professor of education at the College coordinated the event.

Ninety students from Alliance and Crenshaw Middle Schools attended the day that is intended to educate students about the week long CAPE Teacher Academy that they are eligible to attend at the end of their sophomore or junior years. The goal of Tuesday’s program was intended to interest middle school students in working during high school to achieve admission, to encourage them to consider careers in teaching and to, possibly, enroll in the CAPE camp program during the summer between sophomore and junior year or between junior and senior year. 

The day started with a breakfast program and campus tours.  Cecil Shorts III, senior physical education and health major of Cleveland, was the featured student who shared his beliefs on the importance of attending college.  “College might not be for everyone, but you never know until you try,” said Shorts. 

Students from Alliance and Canton middle schools participated in the CAPE Program.Dr. Mandy Capel, instructor of education, Richard Jackson, director of multicultural student affairs, Tiffani Tribble of the academic planning center and Anthony Jones, coordinator of multicultural recruitment, also shared words of wisdom. Other guests at the CAPE program included Mike Mitchum, a CAPE alumnus, and Dr. Pete Schneller, Associate Professor of Education.  At the conclusion of the program the students took surveys and there was a drawing held for prizes.

Karen Moriarty, registrar of the College, noted that “Mount Union has been involved with CAPE because we applaud the efforts to attract students to careers in Education.”

The CAPE Teacher Academy is a five-day summer program that provides high school students with the opportunity to consider education as a career possibility.  Mount Union was the host during the summer of 1998 and has remained very active on the CAPE steering committee. 

“The event fits in very well with the Education Department’s efforts to promote diversity,” said Gannon.

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