DOBSON — The Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology was adorned with magically sweet confections transporting guests into the enchanted world of the Hasbro board game Candy Land as the Surry Community College Early Childhood Program held its Annual Graduation Tea to recognize the program’s 2016 graduates.
Each year students in many of the Early Childhood Education classes collaborate to carry out the Graduation Tea’s chosen theme. This year the Creative Activities class created life-sized lollipops, gingerbread men, and a Candy Land castle, and the Sign Language class signed a performance of the Sammy Davis Jr. classic “Candy Man Can” for those in attendance.
The Early Childhood Associate Degree program prepares students to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Coursework includes child development; the physical and nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills. The Surry program was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2011.
Many of the program graduates transfer to earn bachelor’s degrees with partner institutions such as Winston-Salem State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Mitchell Jenkins who took education classes at Surry before going on to graduate from Lees-McRae College with a degree in elementary education attended the event as a guest speaker. Jenkins reflected on the importance of being passionate about one’s profession, specifically a profession so crucial to molding future minds.
SCC congratulates the 2016 graduates of the Early Childhood Program: Brianna Adams and Laken Edwards of Pilot Mountain; Jennifer Bagley, Tiffany Hawks, Valeria McDaniel, Henrietta Moore, Leslie Reyes, Mackenzy Rosser, Darla Simmons, and Carolyn Tate of Mount Airy; Fantashia Brown, Leticia Carbajal, Melissa Guillen, Erika Gutierrez-Garcia, and Reba Stanley of Dobson; Brittany Guynn and Audrey Kiger of King; and Kristin Hauser of Yadkinville.