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What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:30pm until 1:20pm

POTTSTOWN, PA — Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus Speaker Series will present a talk on “Things You Don’t Know About Financial Aid” in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Holly Parker from MCCC’s Financial Aid Office will provide a basic overview of financial aid, including:

the impact of being a No Show in a class or withdrawing from a class;
types of loan debt that students accrue;
how students can get credit to pay for books;
how students can borrow books until their financial aid comes through;
types of financial aid;
how to apply for scholarships

The presentation is free and is open to the public and will include time for Q & A.

Grammy Music At MontCo

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Class of 2004 Fine Arts alumnus and photographer Matt Carlin, Lansdale, returned to Montgomery County Community College a few years ago to enroll in some Biology courses. However, after seeing what was happening in the music and audio production studios in the Advanced Technology Center, his focus changed.

“Music was always a hobby. I already had the mentality, but I didn’t have the [production] skills,” Carlin explained. “The classes taught me proper production techniques.”

Carlin’s enthusiasm for the music industry led him to intern with a Grammy-nominated engineer and producer who co-teaches two digital audio production courses and serves on the advisory committee for MCCC’s Communications program.

“It’s cool seeing the business side of working in a studio. It’s stuff that you don’t get to experience by just going to classes,” said Carlin, who continues to work on projects with Ivory beyond the scope of his initial internship.

“It’s helpful to observe interaction with the bands and see how he gains their trust before helping to shape their songs and music. We work with people who are trying to make a living in music. As a result, we work on projects from start to finish, so there’s a lot of good opportunity there.”

Through Carlin’s engineering work on national recording projects, he accumulated enough credits to become a voting member of Grammy Association in the engineering category. He received engineering credit on Candlelight Red’s album “The Wreckage,” which appeared on the 2011 Grammy ballot.

“I used to think award shows were silly, but by going through the process, I now see that they really mean something to the people who worked on the various projects,” he said.

Carlin plans to continue working in the Gwynedd Valley studio and is seeking out musicians to mentor. He also plans to continue building his photography career. You can check out his photography online at www.mattcarlinart.com.

Digital Audio Production is just one of more than 85 programs that students can complete at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Registration is going on now for spring semester classes, which start on Jan. 18.

New students can learn about the admissions and registration processes by visiting www.mc3.edu/admissions or by calling 215-641-6300 (Central Campus) or 610-718-1800 (West Campus).

Returning students can register for classes online via WebAdvisor, by mail or in person at the College’s campuses. For more information, visit www.mc3.edu/admissions/registration.

To learn more about MCCC and to see all the College has to offer, schedule a visit to one of our campuses. Visits can now be scheduled online at www.mc3.edu/admissions/visiting.

by Alana J. Mauger, class of 1997

Think About Climate Change

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

For all the debate about global warming, one thing’s certain: Today’s students will live with the outcome, so it’s wise to look ahead.

That’s why two faculty members at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus have launched a pair of courses to spark thinking and planning about the earth’s future.

“This is going to emerge as one of our greatest challenges,” says Assistant Professor of Geography Sam Wallace. “Students should address it before leaving college.”

In “Sustainable Climate Communities,” Wallace examines the cultural and economic impact of global warming, as well as mitigation and adaption strategies.

Geology Professor Rob Kuhlman delves into the geophysical basis of climate change and the impact human behavior has on it in the other course, “The Science of Climate Change.”

“I think it’s exciting. I think Montco is cutting-edge,” says Kuhlman. “It’s a contemporary and socially important suite of courses to meet future needs.”

A three-year, $64,000 grant from NASA enabled Kuhlman and Wallace to participate in a prestigious training program, from they developed the new courses. Both sustainability courses complement Instructor Jill Beccaris-Pescatore’s “Introduction to Environmental Economics,” which was offered for the first time last spring at the Central Campus.

In Kuhlman’s introductory survey class, students explore “patterns and trends that might indicate climate change” through data such as temperature records, rainfall measurements, and frequencies of floods and tropical storms.

Strengthening their analytical skills, students are encouraged to independently weigh the numbers to decide for themselves whether predicted changes are occurring.

Often, the course takes in a discussion of real events and their practical outcomes, such as last summer’s near-drought followed by heavy rain. Though the rainfall balanced out statistically, “corn production will be way down,” Kuhlman notes.

Wallace’s class examines climate change from a geographer’s point of view: its varying impact from nation to nation, diverse attitudes toward it and what countries should do — mitigate or adapt.

Even if Pennsylvanians don’t see big changes, he notes, it could one day afflict our nation’s trading partners. For example, rising oceans have already robbed the nation of Tuvulu of its fresh water.

Students come to Kuhlman and Wallace’s courses from a variety of majors because they want a peek ahead, for better or worse, at the Earth they’ll inherit. Kuhlman says he doesn’t “tell people what they should believe,” but that it’s foolish to ignore the possibility that the planet is heating up.

To Wallace, the issue isn’t debatable “when you have towns in Alaska falling into the ocean. Yeah, it’s changing.”

“I’m not going to see most of these changes,” says Wallace. “My students are the ones who are going to be left with this.”

Registration is going on now for spring semester classes, which start on Jan. 18.

New students can learn about the admissions and registration processes by visiting www.mc3.edu/admissions or by calling 215-641-6300 (Central Campus) or 610-718-1800 (West Campus).

Returning students can register for classes online via WebAdvisor, by mail or in person at the College’s campuses. For more information, visit www.mc3.edu/admissions/registration.

To learn more about MCCC and to see all the College has to offer, schedule a visit to one of our campuses. Visits can now be scheduled online at www.mc3.edu/admissions/visiting.

by Rebecca Rhodin