Up & Coming Weekly

July 25, 2017

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JULY 26 -AUGUST 1, 2017 UCW 19 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM e economy does not work well for some individuals. For many, keeping food on the table and lights on in the house is a challenge. It is not an easy task for some stu- dents to obtain school supplies for the upcoming school year, and that is why the Register of Deeds Office is having its annual backpack school supply drive for Cumberland County Schools' homeless students. e idea for the school supply drive started when one of the senior staff members at the Register of Deeds Office came to work discouraged. She shared that at church the previous evening there was a presentation on the number of homeless students in Cumberland County. She indi- cated there were some children who lived in storage units, under bridges and in vacant houses. is news affected the entire office. e office had a meeting that day and decided they wanted to try to help. "is is our 10th year that we have collected school supplies for backpacks for Cumberland County's home- less students," said J. Lee Warren Jr., register of deeds for Cumberland County. "Our third year of the supply drive Zan Monroe and his Realtor Association wanted to help, so they bought all of the book bags that year and have continued purchasing them every year since including this year." Warren Jr. added that they want every child's book bag to look alike. ere are plenty of other items needed, too. ese include pens, pencils, notebooks, rulers, folders, composi- tion books, notebook paper, pencil sharpeners, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toothbrush cases and hand sanitizer. e goal this year is to collect items for 1,000 backpacks for students. "is year, due to Hurricane Matthew, we have 800 homeless students," Warren Jr. said. "So this year we are doing an additional 200 backpacks for Hurricane Matthew victims. at makes it 1,000 backpacks, and it is kind of a stretch for us." Warren added that he and other Register of Deeds employees have faith that the residents of Cumberland County will come through to help. School supplies can be dropped off at the Cumberland County Courthouse in room 114 by Aug. 1. Gift cards and monetary donations can be dropped off until Aug. 7. No checks, please. "If you would like to drop something off at our of- fice, please give us a call, and we will have someone to meet you in the parking lot to obtain the supplies or the donation," Warren Jr. said. "is is something that really touched our hearts, and we have done (it) every year since." For more information, call (910) 678-7775. Register of Deeds Hosts Backpack and School Supply Drive for Homeless Students by DR. SHANESSA FENNER EVENTS DR. SHANESSA FENNER, Principal, WT Brown Elementary School. Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. (910) 484-6200. JEANETTE NUNNERY, FTCC'S Work-based Learning Coordinator.COM- MENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. EDUCATION Work-based learning is a partnership involving the employer, the student and the college — a situation where everyone benefits. At Fayetteville Techni- cal Community College, the Work-Based Learning program has been successful in intern placement with partnerships developed for on-the-job training experiences. e experience focuses on enhancing classroom knowledge by allowing students to apply knowledge in the workplace. Students also develop a professional work ethic, workplace skills, resumes and employer contacts. FTCC offers the work-based learning experience in over 50 programs of study. Over 300 FTCC students completed internships during the 2016-17 academic year. Employers throughout the community work with students in all academic areas, including funer- al services, culinary arts, health care management technology, paralegal technology, criminal justice technology, business administration, carpentry, A/C, heating and refrigeration technology and medical office administration. e program offers each student the opportunity to collaborate and network with individuals in their chosen careers. In some cases, employers hire stu- dents immediately upon completion of the internship. During the internship, an FTCC faculty coordina- tor and an on-the-job supervisor advise the students. is partnership builds the bridge between college student and hired graduate. e faculty coordina- tor is a specialist in the career area at the college level, and the supervisor is the professional expert on the job. e internship provides the opportunity for students to ask questions when in doubt. It also encourages the students and gives them a sense of confidence to achieve success in their careers. e Work-Based Learning office is located at the Fayetteville campus of FTCC at the Tony Rand Student Center, Room 3. Prospective students and employers can call, email or stop by to learn more about the opportunities available through work- based learning experiences. Registration for fall semester classes is currently underway. Fall classes begin Aug. 21. FTCC is the smart choice for a high-quality education at an af- fordable price, with more than 250 programs of study to choose from that lead to an associate degree, certificate or diploma. Students can begin work after graduation or transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor's degree and beyond. FTCC offers opportunities to help students achieve success. To learn more, visit www.faytechcc.edu or visit our Fayetteville, Spring Lake or Fort Bragg loca- tions. To learn more about the Work-Based Learning program, call (910) 678-8268, email nunneryj@fay- techcc.edu or visit www.faytechcc.edu/academics/ work-based-learning/. FTCC's Work-Based Learning Enhances Knowledge with Field Experience by JEANETTE NUNNERY Work-based learning is a partnership involving the em- ployer, the student and the college.

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