As several Craven Community College (CCC) students approached the end of the fall semester, they presented their honors projects in front of an audience of fellow students, family members, and college faculty and staff.
During this semester’s honors showcase, students presented a wide variety of topics. Alyssa Batts presented, “The Amazing Spider Goats.” Emily Chance presented, “Arson Dog Training: Gasoline Distillation.” Josh Maguire presented, “Femininity and Fertility in Prehistoric Art,” and “An Oral History of AIDS in 1980s.” Ben Morrow presented, “Musical Notation.” Daniel Trombley presented, “The Island of Dr. Moreau and Genetic Modification.”
The CCC Honors Program is two years old and growing in interest. Students participating in the program enter into a contract with their instructor to do an additional project as part of their class. According to Don Carpenetti, chemistry instructor and program advisor, students will spend about two hours of additional time each week working on their projects.
While working on the project, students further deepen their understanding of the subject matter and exercise their presentation skills. In reward for their additional work, students receive an honors designation on their transcript for each project. If they complete 12 credit hours of honors classes, they receive a certificate and special recognition at graduation. Carpenetti said this recognition can enhance a student’s transfer or job application.
Finishing his fourth honors project, Ben Morrow said he participated in the Honors Program because he wanted to make the most of his education. Morrow has completed a documentary for a Spanish class, a series of illustrations for a world literature class, a research paper about bank bailouts for a business class, and a history of notation for a music class. “I want to do anything I can to make my resume as appealing as possible,” said Morrow.
Carpenetti said, “Everyone who comes to Craven and does well in classes has opportunity to participate in the program.” In order to enter into the honors contract, students are required to have completed 12 credit hours and have a 3.5 grade point average.
Honors programs students have reported that they get to explore something they’ve always wanted to learn, or a related subject that they are passionate about. “The only limit is your imagination when coming up with an honors project,” said Carpenetti.
Joe Guice, 2016 CCC graduate, thanked the college for the opportunity to research and explore topics that were fascinating to him. He said, “…the individual attention, and guidance provided throughout the process was amazing. The enthusiasm of professors to detail topic consistency, and point out resources was wonderful.” Guice is enrolled at East Carolina University studying history and education. He plans to apply to graduate school.
For more information about the Craven Honors Program, call Carpenetti at 252-638-7339 or visit the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/honors.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.