PVCC Education students are positively impacting the local education community in numerous ways. This semester they are participating in an abundance of outreach projects benefiting elementary schools, high schools, and the community in general. These projects are not just open to current students. Meggin Kirk, Education Program Director, says, “We are creating easy access volunteer/service-learning opportunities for all. It's a great way to show future Pumas what might be in store, allow alumni to stay connected and reach out to online Education students to feel a part of the community.”
Education student and Club Ed member, Sophie P. could not have said it better. “Through PVCC’s Club Ed, we are able to give back to students and families in the community through our outreach events which include Structured Autism, Festival of Tales, and STEAM Nights.” Sophie was able to connect with educators at Structured Autism events, and, at Festival of Tales, she was even able to provide resources to a mother whose son was struggling with sensory overload.
Students are involved in hosting literacy-related crafts and experiences for over 300 K-6 students. In addition, they provide enrichment opportunities for children while their mom’s learn about healthy cooking in the PVCC Q Building state-of-the-art kitchen.
“I believe the service-learning opportunities allow me to make more connections with teachers and understand more where teachers are coming from, which also shows me what I need to do as a future Educator,” said Education student Jocelyn M. “The service-learning is such an amazing experience that allows you to see how much effort and time teachers put into it.”
The Education department’s signature event, Festival of Tales will take place on Saturday, April 25th. You don’t want to miss it!
Interested in becoming a teacher? “It’s a great time to become a teacher in Arizona! Once you transfer to ASU, NAU, or UofA, you can have your tuition paid through the Arizona Teacher Academy for as long as you teach in Arizona,” explains Kirk.