Early Childhood program students ‘Visit Oz’ for graduation

The 2015 graduates of the Early Childhood Program are, back row, from left, Morgan Dixon, Katlyn Davis, Leticia Carbajal, Reba Stanley, Patty Vestal and Holly Felts; front row, Zee Key, Valerie Douglas, Melissa Fritzinger and Megan Hampton.

Faith Reeves plays Glenda The Good Witch and Jenilee Gregory is Dorothy.

DOBSON — The Shelton Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology was transformed into the Land of Oz last week as the Surry Community College Early Childhood Program held its Annual Graduation Tea to recognize the program’s 2015 graduates.

The theme was The Wizard of Oz, and the hall was filled with replicas of the Emerald City, complete with the Tin Man, a Wicked Witch and flying monkeys. The Creative Activities class created the whimsical backdrops. The Sign Language class signed “Over The Rainbow” for students and their families, as well as SCC faculty and staff who were in attendance.

The Early Childhood Degree program prepares students for careers in Child Care Centers, Developmental Day programs and public schools. Coursework includes child development; the physical and nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills. The Surry program was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2011.

Many of the program graduates transfer to earn bachelor’s degrees with partner institutions such as Winston Salem State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mary Olvera, lead instructor for the Early Childhood program, noted that the first few years of a child’s life is the most critical time to prepare children for learning. She said she is proud of Surry’s program and sends students out with confidence to make a difference in the lives of young children.

SCC congratulates the 2015 graduates of the Early Childhood Program: Morgan Dixon and Valerie Douglas of Mount Airy; Leticia Carbajal, Melissa Fritzinger, and Reba Stanley of Dobson; Patty Vestal of Boonville; Megan Hampton of Hamptonville; Holly Felts and Zee Key of Lowgap; and Katlyn Davis of Cana, Virginia.

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