Up & Coming Weekly

October 03, 2017

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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OCTOBER 4 - 10, 2017 UCW 29 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Fayetteville Technical Community College Early Childhood AAS Program Ranked 12th in Nation a STAFF REPORT EDUCATION A 2013 impact st udy shows t hat Fayet tev i l le Technica l Com munit y Col lege a f fects Cumberla nd Count y sig nif ica nt ly, br ing ing more t ha n $530 m i l lion to t he loca l economy. Estab- lished in 1961, FTCC ser ves over 40,000 st udents a nnua l ly by prov iding over 250 occupat iona l, technica l, genera l educat ion, col lege t ra nsfer a nd cont inuing educat ion prog ra ms to meet st udents' needs a nd desires. On Sept. 21, t he com munit y col lege a nnounced t hat according to A f fordable- Col lege.com, FTCC's Ea rly Chi ld hood A AS pro- g ra m ra n k s 12t h in t he nat ion. Families need well-trained, highly qualif ied pro- fessionals to care for t heir children, which means t here is a need for caring, professional educators w it h a special sk illset to g uide young children t hrough t heir f irst educational env ironment. A n early childhood education online associate degree lets students who are new to t he f ield explore it w it h minimal f inancial commitment. FTCC offers an Early Childhood online associ- ate degree. Making things even easier for poten- tial students, the institution accepts applications year-round. The five-semester, 64-credit program requires that applicants have a high school di- ploma or placement test equivalent. Graduates of the program will find plent y of job opportunities, including working in childcare services, private households, elementar y and secondar y schools, Head Start programs, religious organizations and other school-age programs. The courses offered in the ECE associate program include two practicums, child development I and II, child guidance, class- room management and active play. W hile FTCC is accredited by t he Sout hern As- sociation of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, t he Early Childhood A AS program is accredited separately by t he National Association for t he Education of Young Children. For addi- tional information about eit her of t hese accredit- ing agencies, or to learn more about FTCC's Early Childhood program, contact A ngel Br yant, FTCC chair for Early Childhood Associate, at (910) 678-8566. There are t housands of degree programs avail- able to college students, and an increasing num- ber of higher education institutions are aiming to ease t he strain on student pocket books to bring in f iscally conser vative students. Wit h t his in mind, A ffordableColleges.com designed a sophisticated met hodolog y to ser ve as a reliable indicator of qualit y, affordabilit y and student success. Addi- tional information can be found at w w w.affordablecolleges.com. Visit FTCC's website at w w w.fay techcc.edu to learn more about t he institution. Families need well-trained, highly qualif ied profes- sionals to care for their children.

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