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Middle School Students Learn About CAPE Program

May 22, 2008

capeEighth grade students from Alliance and Canton attended a College Visitation Day at Mount Union College on May 19.

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

Forty 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 goals of the event are to develop an interest in college and promote the education programs offered by Mount Union.

“The students were selected by teachers and administrators based on a perception that each has the potential for college,” said Gannon. “It is hoped that each student will, now, think seriously about college. It is also hoped that today’s visitation would encourage them to make the most of high school.”

The day started with a breakfast program featuring Mount Union student, Cecil Shorts III. The group then took campus tours and Tiffani Tribble of the academic planning center and Anthony Jones, coordinator of multicultural recruitment, shared words of wisdom. In the afternoon, Mandy Capel, instructor of education, addressed the students. At the conclusion of the program the students took surveys and there was a drawing held for prizes.

Lowell Smith, professor emeritus of education at Ashland University, and Fred Gissendaner, retired Akron City School’s administrator, were CAPE guests who were present as well as members of the Mount Union education faculty.

The CAPE Teacher Academy is a five-day summer program that provides 50 high school students with the opportunity to consider education as a career possibility.

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