Education and Training
| Appalachian Teaching Project
On December 6 and 7, 2013, students and faculty representing 15 Appalachian colleges and universities participated in the 13th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference in Washington, D.C. The ATP gives college students the opportunity to engage in research projects that address endemic challenges facing Appalachian communities and to present the results of their research to an audience of their peers, ARC staff and administrators, and other invited guests. Presentations at the 2013 conference highlighted topics including strategic planning for rural communities; preserving communities through the arts; researching public health in local communities; and preserving agricultural heritage.
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Education and training are driving forces behind Appalachia's economic growth, preparing students and workers to compete successfully in the world economy. ARC education and training activities focus on a range of issues including workforce skills, early childhood education, dropout prevention, and improved college attendance.
- Supporting the development and expansion of workforce training and vocational education programs;
- Supporting local and regional efforts that raise the levels of educational achievement and attainment for all students;
- Supporting programs that increase college-going rates;
- Supporting the development of access to early childhood education programs; and
- Supporting dropout prevention programs.
In 1998, ARC began developing what is now the Appalachian Higher Education (AHE) Network, a group of state-based centers whose mission is to work with high schools to increase the college-going rate in Appalachia. The AHE Network currently consists of nine centers located in nine Appalachian states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
AHE Network centers provide grants of approximately $2,000–$10,000 to high schools in their service areas via a competitive process. The schools then implement low-cost, high-impact activities and services to encourage participation in postsecondary education, such as college campus and worksite visits, financial aid training, occupational interest surveys, and assistance with college selection and application processes. Recently the AHE Network centers began developing strategies to track college completion rates for the students they serve.
The centers are supported by a technical assistance, training, and support team that helps them implement their activities and has formed a peer learning network to foster both staff professional development and institutional development and sustainability.Appalachian Higher Education Network Meeting Summaries
In July 2012, ARC held a planning workshop to conduct a strategic review of AHE activities, assess their impact to date, and provide recommendations for the future.
ARC/Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2014 Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute and Science Academy
Two ARC-Oak Ridge National Laboratory programs were held in summer 2014: A high school math-science-technology institute, which is a two-week program for students and teachers; and a middle school science academy, which is a one-week program just for students. More information