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Schools Participate in a Day of Science Exploration at CCC

Monday, June 02, 2008

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2008

Plattsburgh, NY… More than 500 students from 12 local elementary schools will participate in a National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA), A Day of Science Exploration, at Clinton Community College. The program is being sponsored on June 3 and 4, 2008 this year by Casella Waste Management Systems, Inc. and on June 10 and 11 by CCC and Valcour Imaging (CVPH and Associates in Radiology).

A Day of Science Exploration, in its third year of implementation, has brought hundreds of children to the CCC campus, where they actively engage in science while having fun. Some of the program highlights from past programs include a Physical Science and Light Show, and various hands-on activities in biology, chemistry, space science, geology, chemistry and physics. Other science outreach programs supported by CCC in the past have included the summertime Children’s Science Show highlighting a featured speaker from NASA, an anniversary Einstein Program, and the biannual Mole Day Fun Run. Each of these programs has provided both elementary children and area high school student’s opportunities to experience science in an informal learning environment.

Under the direction of Michele Snyder, Associate Professor of Biology at CCC, the science outreach programming for local schools has expanded and continues to grow while maintaining a presence for science on campus and promoting interest and support for science within the community. The work behind science outreach began with the establishment of the NSTA Student Club. The club was chartered in 2003, when Snyder, received notification that her request for a Student Chapter of the NSTA at CCC had been granted. Snyder is faculty advisor for the Science Club and NSTA liaison. The National Science Teachers Association is the premier organization dedicated to promoting excellence in science teaching and science learning for all. Clinton Community College is now one of 32 student chapters and has the distinction of being the first community college in the nation to become student chapter affiliated with NSTA. The resources and networking potential provided by affiliation with NSTA are invaluable to future educators, science educators, and anyone interested in learning about science in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Michele Snyder explained, "Clinton Community College has proven to be one of the most progressive forward thinking educational institutions in our area. The current science outreach initiative fills a gap in the science learning opportunities available here in the North Country. This type of programming could not continue without the financial support from our community businesses. The support we have received from area businesses has been truly exceptional. The science outreach programming is an extension of the quality academic programs that are offered at CCC and serves as another opportunity for local residents and their children to see the benefits their community college provides. Not only are we an institution of quality higher education but we also allow our currently enrolled students to participate in these programmatic efforts to attain positive academic growth and success throughout their college career at CCC. The scope of this type of programming has only begun realization. Through these science outreach efforts our community becomes a stronger, more scientifically literate community. CCC has now established a real presence in science outreach programming in our area and it will continue to grow with the support of the community and college community alike."

Craig Squier, general manager for Casella Waste Management Systems, Inc., said "Casella Waste Management is pleased and proud to be a community sponsor and to further the knowledge of environmental science in our community." He added, "When we learned the program had become so popular with local schools, and how the first come/first serve process limited participation by certain schools, we were compelled to extend support so the program could expand."

Clinton Community College is a comprehensive community college conveniently located off Route 9 in Plattsburgh, New York. Approximately 2,200 students attend the college known for its academically acclaimed programs in nursing, criminal justice, liberal arts, and technology. The College is proud of its academic excellence, low tuition, small classes, excellent faculty and facilities. Popular options available to Clinton students wishing to pursue a four-year degree include a joint admissions program with SUNY Plattsburgh and 2+2 transfer agreements with other SUNY and private universities. For additional information, contact Admissions at (518) 562-4170, 800-552-1160, or visit us at: