BENNINGTON >> Over the next two weeks, the Community College of Vermont will allow community members to sit in on their classes, so that they can experience whether community college could be right for them.
This is part of the fourth annual Career Week, which is taking place over two weeks this year, from Monday April 4 through Saturday April 16. The program is part of a collaboration between the Bennington County Industrial Corporation, local educators, and local businesses. "It's a great opportunity for our students to say to their friends or family, 'I'm having a great experience, and I want to share it with you," CCV coordinator of academic services and Career Week organizer Jeannie Jenkins, "It's also a great opportunity for people who want to see what a college classroom looks like for the first time, to determine if it's right for them."
One of the classes open to sit-ins was ENG-2050-VG01, or Global Issues in the Media, which is taught by Beth Halpern. The class meets from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday this semester, and according to CCV's website, "examines the worldwide reporting of key issues in a range of audio, print, and electronic media. Students will study and write about several of the most significant issues facing today's world and discover how the language and style employed in creating and communicating news can affect public understanding and response to world events."
"The class is trying to see the way in which interdependentness has become our lives, whether we realize or not," said Halpern.
Each student in the class, explained Halpern, has a "hot spot" of global news that they are focusing on researching, and the beginning of the class involved all of the students checking in on how their projects were going. Topics included the Zika virus, PFOA, the U.S. presidential primary elections, the standoff between China and Japan in the South China Sea, and oil spills and leaks. Later, after working on bibliographies and citations (the class is categorized as an intensive writing course), the class began an in depth discussion on bias, both in individuals and the media, that lasted until break.
Halpern, who received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the State University of New York, Binghamton, in 2011, spent a year teaching in Bhutan. She has also taught ethics and religion courses at CCV.
If you're interested in attending a class, please call CCV at 802-447-2361 to sign up or get more information. You can also find class information at their website, ccv.edu.
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.