A summer learning program designed for STEM Educators
The C-TEaCH Academy is a paid professional development opportunity for STEM faculty in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick county. The C-TEaCH Academy strives to connect local science educators to real-world laboratory applications found within the Chemical Technology field. Through this experience, educators will be able apply what they have learned to help improve the science curricula throughout CFCC's service area.
During the ten day training seminar, educators will be exposed to wet laboratory techniques, the concept of quality control, how regulatory agencies influence laboratory environments, and hands-on training with state-of-the-art analytical equipment. Attendees will be presented an array of laboratory activities that will include a focus on forensics, environmental, pharmaceutical, food/beverage, and cosmetic industries. Teaching strategies will also be shared to help you enhance the educational experience you are providing to your own students.
The C-TEaCH Academy was created and developed with the help of a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant (#1956274) awarded to Cape Fear Community College's Chemical Technology program in 2019.
Any teacher or educator, specifically within the STEM disciplines of physical science or chemistry, may apply for the C-TEaCH Academy. Cape Fear Community College's faculty and staff will describe how many of the learning modules introduced throughout the experience could be implemented in a high school laboratory setting. However, teachers from all STEM fields within the elementary and middle school cohorts are also invited to apply. Many elementary and middle school teachers have gained knowledge about local resources that the Chemical Technology program can provide to their classroom and students.
The C-TEaCH Academy will offer a more condensed version of the C-TECH Academy (designed for high school students). The summer experience will provide opportunities for educators to learn the theory and use of analytical equipment, including high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), mass spectroscopy (MS), ion chromatography (IC), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis). Automated density meters, polarimeters, refractometers, titrators (including Karl Fisher), and various portable equipment will be highlighted throughout academy. All laboratory activities will be designed around the applicability of the Chemical Technology program and the opportunities that the two-year Associate's of Applied Science degree could provide graduates.
The C-TEaCH Academy will have a target enrollment of eight educators each year. The academy will be offered as a two-week summer camp, all consumables and supplies will be provided, and there is no registration fee. Any participant that completes the C-TEaCH Academy will be invited to apply for a paid part-time "laboratory technician" position for the C-TECH Academy (offered to high school students).
Participants who complete all activities included in the C-TEaCH Academy will receive a stipend in the amount of $1,350.00. Mileage will also be reimbursed to each participant.