Col­lege has strong part­ner­ships with busi­ness, Viniar says

Record Observer - - News - By ANGELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

WYE MILLS — Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Pres­i­dent Dr. Bar­bara A. Viniar filled in as guest speaker dur­ing the Re­gional Cham­ber Mixer, hosted by the Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot cham­bers of com­merce in the Caro­line Cen­ter Thurs­day, May 19, in place of Md. Sen. Steve Her­shey, who was ab­sent due to his fa­ther’s death.

“I’m al­ways happy for the op­por­tu­nity to talk to the busi­ness com­mu­nity,” Viniar said.

She briefly de­scribed sev­eral part­ner­ships cur­rently in place through­out the area:

• In Dorch­ester County, the col­lege is work­ing on a cus­tom­ized weld­ing pro­gram with Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional.

• In Caro­line County, the col­lege of­fers an HVAC pro­gram at Colonel Richard­son High School, and Tri-Gas and Oil has been send­ing em­ploy­ees there for train­ing.

• The col­lege is pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship train­ing for Eas­ton Util­i­ties in Tal­bot County and Reeb Mill­work Corp. in Queen Anne’s County.

• In Kent County, the col­lege is re­design­ing the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram at Dixon Valve.

One ex­cit­ing ven­ture coming up is the new P-TECH school, now in the plan­ning stages, Viniar said.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan an­nounced May 6 that the Up­per East­ern Shore — Queen Anne’s, Tal­bot and Caro­line coun­ties in part­ner­ship with Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege — is the re­cip­i­ent of one of four plan­ning grants statewide to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of six new Path­ways in Tech­nol­ogy Early Col­lege High schools, com­monly known as P-TECH schools.

Through part­ner­ships be­tween schools, com­mu­nity col­leges and busi­nesses, PTECH grad­u­ates can earn both a high school di­ploma and an as­so­ci­ate de­gree in STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, and math).

“Ev­ery child in Mary­land de­serves ac­cess to a world­class ed­u­ca­tion and P-TECH is a truly in­no­va­tive ap­proach to im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion in dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas. By blend­ing high school, col­lege and work­place ex­pe­ri­ence, P-TECH stu­dents will master in-de­mand skills and em­ploy­ers will ben­e­fit from a steady pipe­line of skilled pro­fes­sion­als,” Ho­gan said in the state­ment an­nounc­ing the grant.

The P-TECH model blends high school, col­lege and work ex­pe­ri­ence. It will in­volve a lot of in­tern­ships, Viniar said. “Stu­dents will be out in the field learn­ing.”

This year, the Up­per East­ern Shore re­ceives $100,000 to plan the school, which will be on the Wye Mills cam­pus, ac­cord­ing to Viniar. Pro­vid­ing fund­ing con­tin­ues, the school is ex­pected to open in the 2017-2018 school year.

This fall, the col­lege will of­fer pro­grams in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity, and plans are in the works to of­fer new trades pro­grams, she added.

She said the col­lege also makes a con­tri­bu­tion to at­tract­ing new peo­ple to the area and keep­ing them. The No. 1 thing peo­ple care about is qual­ity of life; they want to know about health care and about schools, Viniar said.

She ges­tured out the win­dow to the new Health Pro­fes­sions and Ath­let­ics Cen­ter, invit­ing any­one who hadn’t toured the fa­cil­ity to make an ap­point­ment to do so. Most of the health care providers in the area have re­ceived train­ing through the col­lege, she said.

As for schools, the col­lege has a re­la­tion­ship with high schools in almost ev­ery district, of­fer­ing dual en­roll­ment classes. In fact, this year’s dual en­roll­ment stu­dent of the year is re­ceiv­ing an as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree as well as a high school di­ploma, she said.

Teacher train­ing is done in con­junc­tion with Sal­is­bur y Univer­sity, and pro­grams are of­fered in crim­i­nal jus­tice and bank­ing, to name just a few.

“We are pround to be your part­ner,” Viniar said.

PHO­TOS BY ANGELA PRICE

Mem­bers ot the Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot Cham­bers of Com­merce min­gle and sam­ple re­fresh­ments dur­ing the re­gional mixer at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege on May 19.

Hosts for the evening, from left, Tal­bot Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Alan I Sil­ver­stein; Queen Anne’s Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Linda Fri­day; Dr. Paul Brant, a past pres­i­dent of the Dorch­ester Cham­ber stand­ing in for Pres­i­dent Jeff Hub­bard; Caro­line Cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ann Ja­cobs; and Kent Cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Loretta M. Lodge.

Kim Kra­tovil, East­ern Shore rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Sen. Ben Cardin’s of­fice, left, with Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Pres­i­dent Bar­bara Viniar at the Re­gional Cham­ber Mixer May 19.

Brenda Wooden, Tal­bot Bank Tred Avon branch man­ager, left, chats with Ken Ea­ton, with An­drews, Miller and As­so­ciates, dur­ing the Re­gional Cham­ber Mixer at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege May 19.

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