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Mountain Empire Community College to Host 2015 Governor’s School
Posted Date: 5/15/2015
Big Stone Gap, VA – Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to participate in the 2015 Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School to be held June 15 through June 26 on the college campus.
MECC Governor’s School is open to public and home school students in the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson, and the City of Norton, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. The two-week program features a variety of hands-on activities in one of several subject areas selected by the student. Students spend time in the field, in labs, on tours, and in the classroom with the faculty of Mountain Empire Community College. Students who complete the session will receive six college credit hours, tuition-free. In addition to classroom activities, students will participate in field trips to area colleges.

Ten academic strands will be offered this summer, including:

• ART ILLUSTRATION AND ANIMATION - Students will explore both traditional and computer-assisted illustration and graphic design. Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and other computer-assisted design programs will be used. Students will also learn basic principles of 2D and 3D animation with Adobe Aftereffects CS4 and others and create a final animation project for their own portfolio.
• DRAMA THEORY AND PERFORMANCE - Students will learn the basic components of play production, including lights, sound, writing a play, set design, character study, and theatre history. During the session, students will actually produce a full length play. This play will be performed during the Governor’s School closing ceremonies.
• ENGINEERING DESIGN - Focuses on training students in the contemporary techniques of Design Engineering. Students will be introduced to 3D modeling, rendering, animation and rapid prototyping and their roles in the process and will create computer generated 3D solid models for architectural, mechanical, and civil product design. Computer animation will be used to produce walk-throughs and fly-overs for presenting innovative designs. Classes will include guest speakers and students will take several field trips to local engineering businesses.
• ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND REGIONAL TOURISM - Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of creating and owning a small business, conducting research, and compiling a business plan for their product or service, producing a business related web page, design print and digital advertisements, promotional business flyers, and business cards using Microsoft® Office Suite 2013 software, digital camera and various computer hardware. Guest speakers will include local historians, artisans, small business owners, etc. Explore tourism concepts and the effects tourism has on our local markets. Students will take field trips to local entrepreneurial businesses and local tourism attractions.
• FORENSICS FOR THE BIOLOGY LAB - Students will learn basic concepts of forensic techniques, to include items such as evidence collection, blood stains, toxicology, firearms evidence, and human anatomy. The Amanda Knox case will be reviewed. Students will also learn the basic techniques of lab chemical analysis by participating in experiments such as blood drop analysis, crime scene evaluations, finger print patterns, bullet trajectory, and reconstructing a skeleton.
• MOBILE APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT - During this course, students will have the opportunity to use their ingenuity and creativity to design Mobile Applications for Android (smartphones / tablets) and Apple (iPhone / iPad) mobile devices.
• OLD TIME STRING BAND AND THE TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND MUSICIANS OF CENTRAL APPALACHIA - This introductory course examines the traditional music and musicians, historical and contemporary, of the central Appalachian region. Influences of the music of various cultures, both within and outside the region, and their musical styles will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the history and performance of traditional old time string band music of the central Appalachian region with topics on musicians, instrumentation, regional influences, and tunes. Students will be introduced to old time music performance on the guitar, banjo, and fiddle as an early form of the old time string band.
• DRAMA – Students will learn about drama theory, theatre history, play construction, and technical considerations in play production. Students will also be required to write and perform a short one-act play.
• CYBER SECURITY - Did you know that there are almost 15000 Cyber-attacks per second against the United States? Would you like to learn how to defend our nation from Cyber Security risks? This class will join the United States Air Force Association’s effort to train National Youth Cyber Security Professionals. You could win a free trip to Washington, DC and/or earn a free college scholarship.
• CREATIVE WRITING - The course will serve as an introduction to the writing of original short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Instruction in literary techniques will direct the student's writing. In addition to working within literary conventions to produce manuscripts, students will be exposed to exemplary texts by selected authors, as well as compare/watch films to learn about various thematic elements. Students will be introduced to markets for creative writing, learn about the publishing industry, and encouraged to submit work for publication.

Applications to attend the 2015 Governor’s School will be accepted until May 15, 2015 or until spaces are filled. Limited space is available and students are encouraged to apply early. To view additional information or to download the 2015 application, please visit the Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School website at or contact John Bledsoe, Governor’s School Coordinator, at (276) 523-2400 ext. 307.