Posts Tagged ‘education’

5th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit

Friday, January 17th, 2014

2/8/2014 from 8:00 PM – 11PM

Monnette Sudler’s 5th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit features exciting diverse musical performances of guitar virtuosos and othe outstanding multi-talented supporting artists.

The line-up includes:

Sheryl Bailey and her Trio: Sheryl Bailey, lead guitar; Ron Oswanski, Hammond Organ; Ian Froman, drums; and special guest vocalist, Sherry Butler.

Tosin Abasi (soloist) 8 Eight String Guitar Virtuoso (Tosin will do brief Q&A after his performance.)

Hiroya Tsukamoto’s duo peforming original Japanese songs. Hiroya Tsukamoto, acoustic guitar and vocal, and Satoshi Takeishi, percussion.

Mulebone performing the Blues in a special performance by Hugh Pool on guitar, bootboard, harmonic, percussion, vox and vocals, and John Ragusa on flutes, cornet, fife, pennywhistle, conch shell, vox and jews harp.

The artists will be available for CD sales and autographs during intermission and following the final performance.

For more information on ticket sales, go to or call 215-641-6518. For more information about the Philadelphia Guitar Summit,visit
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Wissahickon High School Commencement

Friday, June 14th, 2013

More Pictures From the 2013 Wissahickon High School Graduation

Due to the threat of extreme weather, the Wissahickon High School Commencement was postponed a day and held on the June 14, 2013. The school district said:

Dear Parents and Guardians, I am writing to inform you that we are postponing the Graduation Ceremony to Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Please understand that this was an extremely difficult decision to make. As explanation, in normal circumstances, we would graduate from our field and if it rained, our back-up plan would be to move the ceremony inside. This developing weather event, however is shaping up to be anything but “normal”. Our latest update is that the late afternoon will bring severe thunderstorms, hail, damaging winds, flooding and a possible tornado. In addition, there may be widespread power outages which would affect even an indoor graduation event. Our first priority always is the health, safety and welfare of our students, staff, and the community. It is not advisable to hold an event of this magnitude and importance with the threat of severe weather in our community. As an extra precaution we also contacted Mr. Steve Beck, School Safety Coordinator for Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and local police who concurred with our decision considering the magnitude and severity of this storm. I know that this may create an inconvenience for some of our families who have visitors traveling from out of town, however, I cannot risk the safety of our students and families. Graduation is an important culminating activity. It is our hope that by making the change to Friday we will be able to have the ceremony in a safe situation that is memorable and meaningful for all. I thank you in advance for your support and understanding given this extremely serious situation and I look forward to sharing this once in a lifetime event with your children and families. We will keep you updated throughout the day on Thursday through the District’s Web site. Please click the headline for a weather briefing presentation. Sincerely, Judith M. Clark Superintendent of Schools

Montco Radio New Studio Grand Opening

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Montco Radio, the student-run Internet radio station at Montgomery County Community College officially opened its new studio in the Advanced Technology Center, Blue Bell, during a ribbon cutting celebration on March 13.

Streaming live 24/7 via the Internet, Montco Radio provides Digital Audio Production majors — as well as students from all areas of study — with hands-on radio experience both on the air and behind the scenes.

Speaking at the ribbon cutting, College President Dr. Karen A. Stout called Montco Radio “a model for the integration of curricular and co-curricular student involvement on campus.”

“Montco Radio is unique in that it brings together students from all backgrounds and majors to share their passions with a worldwide audience over the Internet,” she said.

Student Manager Chelsea Epstein notes that Montco Radio offers something for everyone.

“We have programs that range from rock, metal, punk pop, a local music show that broadcasts a live band every week, to barbershop quartet. We even have a DJ from Italy who does her show in Italian and now even broadcasts from Italy when she visits there,“ she said.

Epstein, who completed internships with Clear Channel Philadelphia, believes the work she’s doing at MCCC will prepare her for a career in the field.

“Being a station manager is a great feeling because I really want to work in radio when I’m done school,” she said. “It’s really great to put everything I learned into the brand new [Montco Radio] station.”

Morgan Betz, Montco Radio co-advisor and assistant professor of communications, works very closely with the students and experienced their reactions to the new studio first hand.

“The students love the new space. It is truly a state- of-the-art professional environment where students can get hands-on experience that will help them in their future careers,” he said.

Betz notes that students are involved many aspects of Montco Radio, whether it be hosting their own shows, being a DJ, engineer, creating PSAs, organizing events, helping with Music Mondays and Wednesdays, or providing live sound for other College events.

“Students can go to professional radio stations already trained on the equipment they use there every day,” he shared.

Radio at MCCC dates back to the late 1960s, when it began as a student club to DJ music on campus. In the early 1970s, the station gained audience when it began broadcasting in the College Hall cafeteria at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. The station began broadcasting on the Internet in 2003, and in 2008, the College began offering Campus Radio Workshops I and II, resulting in more professional content.

Today, Montco Radio can be heard internationally on the Internet by visiting or by clicking the green microphone icon on the lower left corner of the College’s website,

Montco Radio Co-Advisor and Communications Lecturer Jeff Asch, who is also a news and sports anchor for KYW NewsRadio, hopes the new studio, located in the heart of MCCC’s Advanced Technology Center, will promote student interest in the station.

“We wanted a bigger studio to accommodate multiple show hosts and guests,” he explained. “The new facility allows the Montgomery County Community College community to see us in action, as well as being able to see out onto campus and the lobby of the Advanced Technology Center.”

“I think it gives our students the opportunity to learn and hone their skills in radio on state of the art equipment and in a professional environment.”

by Christine Muszynski

Careers In Media

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013
12:30pm until 1:20pm

Speech Communication adjunct lecturer Eva Blackwell will discuss “Careers in Media” on Monday, March 4 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room, West Campus, Pottstown. Blackwell has many years of experience in various aspects of broadcast media, primarily in the Philadelphia area. The workshop is free and is open to all students.

Free Community Telescope Observatory Night

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Montgomery County Community College will host the first of three spring semester Community Observatory Nights on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7-9 its state-of-the-art Observatory and on the Observation Deck, weather permitting. The Observatory is located on the third floor of the College’s Advanced Technology Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Please call the observatory hotline, 215-641-6460, an hour before the scheduled event for information about cancellation.

Community nights are free of charge and are open to the public, and astronomy clubs are welcome. Students from the College’s Introduction to Astronomy course volunteer during the event to share their knowledge and assist visitors with using the telescope and viewing equipment.

The Observatory and Observation Deck are features of the College’s 60,000 square-foot Advanced Technology Center. The Observatory features a 16-inch MEADE Schmidt-Cassegrain research-level telescope and a 90-mm Coronado telescope for safe observation of the sun. All of the instruments are controllable both in the classroom as well as in the Observatory itself. Through a fiber network, images can be downloaded for further study and comparison and can be used in online courses.


Monday, October 29th, 2012

On November 10th, 36 basketball playing robots and 2500 cheering fans will rock the Wissahickon High School Circle Gym. Ramp Riot 2012 is a regional robotics competition that attracts teams from seven states.  This event is guaranteed fun for the whole family and Admission is free.  Our overall mission is to inspire young people, but you’ll want to be there just for the fun of it. The event details are below.

We hope to see you on November 10th at Ramp Riot!

Please join us!

Alan Ostrow, Wissahickon HS Robotics Program,

Wissahickon Robotics

Wissahickon Robotics


13th Annual Regional Robotics Competition

November 10th, 2012

9 AM – 5 PM

Wissahickon HS, Circle Gym, 521 Houston Road, Ambler, PA

36 East Coast Teams, from 7 states, battle it out in arena style competition!

Admission is free

* Non-stop action!

* Free Kids Driving Zone!

* Music! Games! Prizes!

* Canned Food Drive to Benefit the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard

Let’s Get Dirty!

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

C3A (Coatesville Area Arts Alliance) presents an Early Spring Seminar
Let’s Get Dirty!
Learn To Love Organic Gardening
A Basket of Plenty from Deb’s Garden

Saturday, March 24th   10AM to Noon
120 Reservoir Rd.  in Wagontown, PA

Ready or not, Spring has sprung early.  So let us help you get inspired and get a jump on the growing season for growing food organically! Learn survival skills that last a lifetime with third generation gardener and Master Composter Deborah Kates (who will share 35 years of organic gardening experience to help you
Grow food without synthetic chemicals)

Selecting/starting Seeds  f  Transplanting   f  Raised Beds  f Pest Control
Planting Schedules  f  Compost and Soil  f  Fertilizing f  Watering & a lot more

So you can dig on nutrition ~ stress release ~ saving money ~ exercise ~ and feeding your soul

$50 per person 

Bring one or more friends and you all get a 10% discount ($45 p/p)

For information and RSVP, 610-384-2535 or


f Seminars/classes for private groups, business wellness programs, organizationsf also available

C3A  ~  where Art means Business  ~

Montgomery County Climate Leadership

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, Montgomery County Community College will participate in RecycleMania, an eight-week nationwide contest during which colleges and universities compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. The 2012 RecycleMania tournament runs from Feb. 5 through April 6.

This year, for the first time, MCCC qualifies to compete in RecycleMania’s Competition Division based on the way its waste materials are collected and measured. Previously, MCCC participated in the contest’s Benchmark Division.

Each week the College’s facilities team will collect and weighs recyclable materials – including paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and plastics #1-7 – and will enter the totals into RecycleMania’s database.

In 2011, MCCC’s West and Central campuses ranked second and third in Pennsylvania for their cumulative recycling rates of 38.64 percent and 34.68 percent, respectively. When compared to Benchmark Division institutions nationally, the West Campus ranked 27th in the country and the Central Campus ranked 33rd.

Nationally, 630 colleges and universities from across the county recovered 91 million pounds of recyclable material in 2011. This prevented the release of more than 127,553 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere.

MCCC was among the first institutions to sign American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. The College’s sustainability efforts are led by a team of faculty, students, administrators, support staff, alumni and community members that comprise the President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Council.

In recognition of its deep commitment to sustainability, MCCC was one of only five institutions in the country to earn a 2011 Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership from Second Nature.

To learn more about MCCC’s Sustainability Initiative, visit its “Think Green” blog at

RecycleMania, Inc. is governed by a steering committee made up of collegiate recycling managers from participating institutions. The competition is managed by Keep America Beautiful, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC). Sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Waste Management, SCA Tissue, Alcoa, America Forest & Paper Association and HP.

For information on the national effort, visit

by Alana J. Mauger

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

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 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

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

by Alana J. Mauger, class of 1997

Domestic Violence Awareness

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Help Stop Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and abuse—the silent crime that occurs in homes behind closed doors—can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, culture and socioeconomic status. Too often the signs are overlooked, and victims continue to suffer, unsure where to turn to get the help they need.

Montgomery County Community College, with the generous support of the Verizon Foundation, will be addressing domestic violence and abuse issues to increase awareness, provide resource information and reach out to victims on campus and in the community.

The Verizon Foundation recently provided a $5,000 grant to the College to host a domestic violence awareness film. The event will feature the documentary “Telling Amy’s Story.” The College, through using this film, wants to inform students and the community about the warning signs of domestic violence and abuse, the importance of contacting authorities and the availability of support services and community resources.

“Verizon is proud to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Montgomery County by empowering the community with innovative tools and resources,” said Daniel J. Reavy, Director of External Affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania. “We’re investing in programs, such as our partnership with Montgomery County Community College, to reach every type of learner across the lifespan and to touch people’s lives by focusing on education, health and family safety in the 21st century. We understand that education does not begin or end in the classroom.”

“Telling Amy’s Story,” created by Penn State Public Broadcasting, documents the domestic abuse of Amy Homan McGee, a Verizon Wireless employee and mother of two who was ultimately murdered by her husband Vincent McGee in 2001.

In the film, Detective Deirdri Feshel, of the State College, Pa., Police Department, narrates Amy’s story, highlighting what steps could be taken to stop a similar situation. Actress Mariska Hargitay, who played Detective Olivia Benson of NBC-TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, introduces the documentary.

Visit to learn more about the Verizon Foundation and this compelling documentary.

by Diane VanDyke