College students complete afterschool training

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Several Vance-Granville Community College students recently completed special training for afterschool program administrators and staff members.

The training aims to help both new and experienced afterschool administrators and staff members to apply certain core competencies to strengthen their organizations. Subjects covered during the course include hiring and training staff to work with children. In addition, students learn about the importance of professional development. Other topics of discussion include the characteristics of effective leaders, starting and funding afterschool programs, extending education beyond the time that children are in the program and communication with parents and community partners.

Students who recently completed the training included Brandie McLean, Andrea Hayes, Brandy Pendergrass, all of Henderson; Shannon Manning of Norlina; and Adrienne Adcock of Oxford.

After graduating, they were eligible to receive a continuing education certificate in addition to their regular coursework. The certificate acknowledged their completion of the school-age professional core competencies training developed by the N.C. Center for Afterschool Programs and the N.C. Afterschool Professional Development Work Group.

Professionals already working in the field can participate in this training Oct. 11 or Nov. 8. For more information, contact Jacquelin Heath, the college’s school-age education program head, at (252) 738-3298.