This year, the Career Programs learning center at Craven Community College (CCC) transformed a nine-foot Christmas tree in their office suite. Faculty, staff and students made clever and creative ornaments that represented each learning program.
“We put the tree up before fall break. When we came back on November 28, faculty and students went right to work designing ornaments,” said Jim Millard, dean of career programs. The tree was all decked by the time the department held its annual Christmas party on December 13.
The basic law enforcement training program contributed evidence tape and handcuffs. Curling irons, brushes, cutting shears, combs and face mask represented cosmetology and esthetics. Electronics decorated the tree with circuit boards and other equipment.
Spark plugs, o-ring seals, brake springs and other car parts were selected and polished up by automotive systems technology students. “The students got a kick out of this project,” said Walter Hurst, instructor. CD-ROMs and cables aptly represented the information technology program on the tree.
Stephen Evans’ welding students at West Craven High School fashioned candy canes out of tube wire. CCC medical assisting student Jennifer Williams, Career Programs work-study student, created ornaments from vials and fake blood to represent her major.
Jeff Brown’s CAD II students exercised what they learned about solid models by designing ornaments that were then printed in plastic using a 3-D printer. Adam Moore, Brian Momsen and other students printed over 20 ornaments. Each ornament took approximately two hours to print. They printed colorful snowflakes, traditional snowmen, as well as “ABC” blocks to represent the early childhood program, briefcases to represent business administration, and barbells to represent physical education.
Sharon Tew, administrative assistant, was instrumental in coordinating the Christmas tree project with the faculty, staff and students. Tew said, “It was really interesting to watch it all to take form.” Tew joined the career programs area in October. “I never knew how many career programs we offered until I worked on this project,” said Tew. She said everyone really stepped up to make the tree an impressive showcase of the programs, and a conversation piece for anyone who visits their office suite.
The career programs themed tree is now a holiday tradition for all. Next year, the traditional red balls, garland and angel will be replaced with other career-inspired decorations.
Career programs offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in a wide range of disciplines from automotive systems technology to welding. For more information about career programs, contact Millard at 252-638-7372, or visit the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu.
Want to support our students? Then please consider a year-end tax deductible contribution to the CCC Foundation. For more information and to make a donation, go to the college’s website at www.CravenCC.edu/foundation.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.