Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) Child Development students teamed up with the Community Action Agency to present “A Morning at the Library”. This event was held at the Rainsville Public Library on July 26 at 10:00 am.
Parents and children listened to stories and participated in book activities. Students modeled and demonstrated for parents how to create engagement in literature by reading aloud, dressing up as characters, using puppetry, and making book crafts. Children were each given a snack and a take away prize. This program is designed to create lifelong learners and encourage parent involvement.
This was one of many activities in which NACC Child Development students participate. The Child Development Program at NACC prepares students for a rewarding career in child care. The need for child care is ever increasing and qualified personnel are needed to fill the many positions available. According to America’s CareerInfoNet 2015, there will be a 19% increase in the number of positions available through 2022 and the median hourly wage for a pre-school teacher in Alabama is around $12.35 per hour. Earnings vary based on experience, education, and location.
NACC is authorized to offer both a short-term certificate and the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Child Development. Parts of the curriculum may apply toward the BS degree in Early Childhood Education at four-year colleges. Graduates with a degree may go to work at daycare centers, pre-school facilities, and other child care facilities. Jobs are also available in public school systems and Alabama’s First Class Pre-K classrooms. Dana Garner, CHD Instructor/Advisor stated, “I have had several students to get jobs as Pre-K aides with just nine hours of CHD classes and several got ‘Auxiliary Teacher’ positions. That is what most of them want right now.”
For more information about the Child Development Program at NACC, contact Garner at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2295 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New students are accepted into the program each term. Fall semester is fast approaching. You can early register now by contacting your advisor or the Admissions Office. Regular registration is Friday, August 19.