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Education

  • BCC students, faculty seek patents for algae fuel

    Several Brunswick Community College faculty and students recently submitted an application for a provisional patent and received patent pending status for a newly discovered process for extracting oil from algae, according to Liz McLean, director of marketing at BCC.

    “This new process is of real significance in that it is entirely mechanical in nature and utilizes very little energy,” said Doug Holland, director of the BCC Center for Aquaculture and Biotechnology.

  • Students make bench for school project, donate it to teacher

    Two BCA students know a little more about construction and safety thanks to a course they recently completed.

    As part of business advanced studies, a senior level self-study course, students must research a topic and write a 10-page paper, show a PowerPoint presentation in front of the class and create a final project.

    The course is separate from the district-wide mandatory senior project, which also requires students to complete a several-page research paper, presentation and project.

  • West senior's project helps boy born without eyes

    In Susan Carr’s exceptional children’s classroom at Supply Elementary School, there weren’t many activities or toys to help stimulate 10-year-old Matthew Stubbs.

    Matthew was born with anophthalmia, a congenital condition causing him to be born without eyeballs. A multi-handicapped student, Carr works with Matthew on sensory depravation issues, but lacked adequate materials to do so.

    “We just didn’t have anything that he could use,” Carr said.

  • BCC students selected for state academic award

    Brunswick Community College students Cindy Munzing-Hickman and Tiffany Booker have been selected for the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award.

    Munzing-Hickman will graduate in May 2009 with an associate’s degree in science and a transfer core diploma in science, as well as an associate’s degree in aquaculture technology.

  • Community colleges nursing program passing rate exceeds nation and state

    The 2008 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) results show the passing rate of nurses graduating from a North Carolina community college surpassed both the state and national average, according to a summary report presented to the State Board of Community Colleges.

  • Board debates Transition Academy, may close due to budget reduction

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education has yet to make a decision regarding the Transition Academy, a first-year program for at-risk eighth-graders, in jeopardy due to the mandatory state budget reduction.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said Brunswick County Schools is estimating a 5 percent budget reduction and has begun planning next year’s budget with the reduction included.

    The Transition Academy, which is at Brunswick County Academy, has a staff of seven and costs about $650,000 in operating expenses and personnel costs, she said.

  • Waccamaw students inadvertently affected by redistricting

    BOLIVIA—When approving redistricting lines for the Brunswick County School district in March, the board of education did not realize a small portion of students currently attending Waccamaw School would be affected.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said during the fourth revision, lines for Waccamaw middle school students were changed to line up with the elementary district. Miley said about 25-30 students were affected by the change.

  • 'Ecosystems Exploits' provides students with lessons in environmentalism

    Because Brunswick County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, increasing development creates a greater need to develop environmentally friendly procedures and practices.

    Educating upcoming generations on the importance of caring for the world is one way to address this issue and plan for future success.

  • West Brunswick High School releases honor rolls for third nine weeks

    West Brunswick High School has announced its honor roll students for the third nine weeks.

    A honor roll

    Ninth grade: Laura Bowman, Kelly Drenning, Jacob Hill, Jason Huff, Mary Inions, Morgan Myers, Mary Nelson, Amanda Read, Harrison Taylor, Julianna Zio.

    10th grade: Donisha Bowens, Corey Burr, Alina Davinson, Megan Dilworth, Brittany Hewett, Anna Zeng.

    11th grade: Samantha Caton, Julianne Donoghue, Brian Gore, Daphne McWhite, Eric Winner.

  • Big Top celebration honors OT month

    Creative Hands Occupational Therapy Inc. in Supply sponsored a Carnival Under the Big Top on Saturday, April 25, to celebrate National Occupational Therapy Month.

    Occupational therapy helps thousands of people every day live life to its fullest. The success of OT was celebrated, hamburgers and hot dogs were served, faces and hair were painted.

    Children enjoyed sliding down the castle wall. Occupational therapists work with children in their schools, homes and at the clinic.