March 23, 2011 Edition

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Hoxie School receives grants

Hoxie School District was recently awarded two new program startup grants in the amount of $65,875.00 from the Department of Career Education.

The money will be used to provide the business department with the equipment needed to begin the Securities and Investments program of study and supply the family and consumer science department with the FCS Teaching and Training program of study.

Rhonda Fowler, career and technical education coordinator at the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative, worked with James Treadwell and Melissa Rice on the applications.

Rice has been teaching an orientation to teaching class this year while waiting for the grant to be approved. Treadwell will begin the new Securities and Investments program of study this fall.

"Hoxie is proactive in working to provide their students with many different programs of study," Fowler said.

"Their purpose is to prepare their students to be college and career ready when they graduate."

The orientation to teaching course in the Teaching and Training program of study assists the students in understanding what is involved in the education fields and prepares them as future teachers. Upon completion of the program, the students understand the role of a teacher, child development, teaching strategies, preparation of lesson plans and current issues in education.

Amber Davis and Melissa Rice support each other in teaching the necessary courses. Davis instructs the child development course that is required in the Teaching and Training program of study.

"With a better understanding of the teaching field, students can choose to pursue this degree program in college or decide it is not for them," Fowler said. "This helps the student save time and money in completing their degree."

Hoxie and Piggott high schools have implemented the programs in the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative area.

The Securities and Investments program of study is also a first for the area. The program will help students make informed decisions when saving and investing. Topics include certificates of deposits, mutual funds and stocks.

This course is combined with accounting, economics and computerized business applications. Treadwell will be teaching the investments and securities course. He plans to purchase computers and the necessary instructional materials for the program.

Another new program for Hoxie next fall will be the Health Informatics program of study. The new Health Informatics program prepares students to work in a health-related business office. The students will learn medical office procedures with Darlene Shoe, while Jammie Conrey teaches the medical terminology and intro to health informatics. Fowler will be submitting the grant application for the new program startup funds soon.

"Our school districts, health organizations, banking establishments and agriculture business are the largest employers in Northeast Arkansas. Hoxie is serving its students with an education that will groom them for their future," said Fowler.

The three new programs are in addition to the eight already established programs of study within the areas of agriculture, business, medical professions and family and consumer sciences.

Fowler is also working with agriculture teacher Marcus Orf to provide Carl D. Perkins funding for artificial insemination equipment and training, so the students will have a hands-on experience in animal systems.

Orf will travel to College Station, Texas, this summer to receive training in artificial insemination and palpation. Hoxie is a member of the Northeast Arkansas Education Perkins Consortium, which is comprised of eight school districts.

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