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JUL-SEP 2017

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25 JUL-SEP 2017 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS EST. NEW COUNSELOR: ASIA GORG Asia Gorg, Ph.D., has joined the Academy of Training as a school counselor. She previously worked at a school in Miami-Dade County, Florida, that focused on career tech. "I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the Academy," Gorg said. "To have the opportunity to help students learn about these crafts is an amazing opportunity. That's where my passion is." Gorg hopes to recruit more students by assisting schools counselors and workforce coaches help students learn about the many opportunities available to them at the Academy. She also will be working with students at the Academy to succeed in their chosen field. "I will provide them with academic support, and I want to continue many things being done now to highlight student success, such as employee of the month," she said. Academy Director Linda Poindexter is excited about Gorg and her new role at the Academy. "Asia is bi-lingual, which will be a great addition to our staff," she said. "She also has a strong background in career tech, so we're excited to have her on board." NEW DIRECTOR: LINDA POINDEXTER Linda Poindexter now serves as the new director of the Academy of Craft Training. "I am so excited about my new role here at the Academy," she said. "I'm looking forward to finding even more ways to show students why they should consider a career in construction." Poindexter plans on doing that by continuing to increase the exposure with students, both getting more students attending the Academy and providing students who are enrolled with even more opportunities. "I want to really work toward exposing our students to opportunities they haven't gotten yet," she said. "For example, we weren't able to participate in SkillsUSA last year, but I'm hoping we can find things like this to expose them to so that they can grow more in their field. That also allows the Academy itself to get more exposure to show other students what we're all about and why they should be here." She replaced Randy Swann, who served as director last year, but has now retired. Previously, she served as a school counselor for the Academy. ACADEMY OF CRAFT TRAINING WELCOMES... NEW THIS YEAR: DISTANCE LEARNING NEW FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR AT THE ACADEMY OF CRAFT TRAINING IS DISTANCE LEARNING. To be offered for each craft training program minus masonry, distance learning offers a convenient option for students to learn about their chosen craft while doing so around work and school schedules. "It's a way for students to continue their learning away from the Academy," said Core Instructor/Training and Employment Coordinator Mark McCord. "It's another way we can help students further their knowledge outside of school." The new initiative will be done through NCCERconnect, which fosters learning beyond the classroom through a media-rich eText and a course management system. The easy-to-use interface allows instructors to deliver their course using pre-loaded content and essential course management tools. Students and instructors alike can also easily search through resources and finding supporting media. For example, students can watch example videos as they read or do homework. "We feel NCCERconnect is the perfect supplement or our students and their craft training courses," added McCord.

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