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It's In The Moil
Carolina Power <H Light Company's is mailing its annual safety
calendar to residents within a 10-mile radius of its Brunswick nu
clear plant. The theme of ihe 1992 culendar is protecting the en vi
ronment, depicted in photographs that show the beauty of natural
areas in the Carolinas. In addition, the calendar includes public
safety information such as how the plant's public warning system
operates, evacuation routes and shelter locations. An accompany
ing brochure that contains similar information can be kept in the
glove compartment of a car.
NEW HANOVER LIMITS SERVICE
Brunswick Health Department
Expects Increase In Clients
Brunswick County Health
Director Michael Rhodes says it
may be lour months to a year before
the department can tell the full im
pact of a decision by the New
Hanover County Health Department
to no longer serve out-of-county res
As of Jan. 1, the New Hanover
deparunent is no longer providing
general clinic and immunization ser
vices to residents of other counties.
Previous immunization records
will remain on file and will be re
leased upon request of a patient or a
patient's parent or legal guardian,
according to a release from that de
Rhodes said he was advised by
New Hanover County Health Direc
tor Robert Parker thai about 20 per
cent of its clinic patients had been
from Brunswick County.
"That was a guesstimate on his
part, based on discussions with his
staff," said Rhodes. "He didn't have
Rhodes said he isn't sure how
many of those clinic patients will
bccome clients of the Brunswick
County Health Department.
"We're anticipating an increase,
but we have no way to get a handle
on it. We're just going to have to
wail and see," said Rhodes. "1 don't
think all that have gone to New
Hanover County will come to the
Brunswick County Health Depart
"Wc feel probably thai a lot of
people who were going to the New
Hanover Department arc individuals
who work in New Hanover County."
the local director said. "Many of
them ntay end up going to private
physicians or clinics there. It may be
easier to do that than to take off
work to come to Bolivia."
Economic factors may play a pan
in their decision, as may expanded
clinic hours at the local clinic.
Rhodes suggested. "It's only been
the last 24 months that the general
clinic has been open daily instead of
three days a week."
Immunizations arc among the ser
vices that are available during gen
eral clinic hours, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30
p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mon
day through Friday.
He predicts the greatest increase
may comc in the child immunization
program because of its local popu
larity, excellent service and signifi
cantly lower cost w hen compared to
obtaining the shots at a private med
ical office. However, Rhodes said he
won't know the impact on that pro
gram until July or August, since
most immunizations are sought be
fore the start of school.
Because of the liming of the New
Hanover County decision, the local
health department won't know the
extent of impact before the 1992-93
budget request must be submitted in
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A cookbook of tried and tested
recipes. A complete packet of infor
mation relating to a trip to New
York City. A budget for a newly wed
These are examples of the types
of real-life student learning projects
possible this year as Brunswick
Community College joins other
community colleges suite wide in
moving to a competency-based ap
proach to adult literacy skills train
Anita White, acting literacy pro
grams director, said the change is
expected to help boost both the
number of local adults reached
through literacy skills training and
the number of students who stick
with those programs.
"We're currently at the bottom of
the barrel." she said. "We're tied for
the lowest FTE production in litera
cy. We've just steadily cone down
"We've graduated cjuitc a few. but
we just don't have the retention
uiic, she continued. Unless we
help people set goals and work lev
ward them, we lose them."
With its emphasis on relating
learning to the goals of each individ
ual student, the new program is ex
pected to make a difference for the
belter for students and BCC alike.
Like other community college
programs, participation in literacy
training classes is measured in
FTEs ? full-time equivalent stu
dents. The more FTEs, the more
money the college receives the fol
Last year BCC generated 14 FTEs
in its ABE program and 17 in its
GED preparation classes, tying with
Tri-County Community College in
Murphy for 58th out of 58 places.
"I hope a year from now we can
sec a big changc in FTE, said Mrs.
White, who is acting literacy pro
grams director in the absence of
Willie Fullwood. Fullwood is on
temporary disability leave following
repeated eye surgery, which kept
him from the job during much of
Richmond Community College in
Hamlet was among campuses to pio
neer in use of CASAS among the
state's community college campus
es. Alter two years of using CASAS
it moved from 34 FTEs to 99 FTEs.
The student retention rate ? the per
cent of students who stayed in
class ? increased from 27 percent to
"People are really working with
it," said Mrs. White. "Hopefully,
ours will look that good."
For Mrs. White, competency
based education is nothing new.
She's used it for years in compen
sator, education. At BCC she di
rects the Brunswick Interagency
Program (B1P), which serves the
mentally retarded and dcvelopmcn
lally disabled. Last year the program
generated 72 FTEs for the college.
She has no doubts that a similar
approach will prove both popular
and successful with literacy students
"I believe in it and 1 know we can
make it work," she said.
This month Mrs. While will begin
training the college's Adult Basic
Education (ABE), General Educa
tion Development (GED) preparato
ry and English as a Second Lan
guagc (ESL) instructors as facilita
tors. They w ill lcam the use of mate
rials produced by the Comprehen
sive Adult Student Assessment
System tCASAS). By fall all litera
cy programs at BCC will be cen
tered around CASAS.
In addition to training existing in
structors, Mrs. White said she'd like
to train a pool of individuals who
arc interested in and willing to teach
literacy classes in the future, in an
ticipation of a rise in demand as
would-be students learn about the
program. The first 16-hour training
session will be held Jan. 22 and 23,
but additional sessions will be held
on Saturdays to accommodate thos"
who work during the day.
All 58 of the slate's community
colleges arc moving to CASAS, and
Mrs. While has been selected as one
of 10 individuals in the system to be
developed as a CASA trainer to help
implement the system suuewide.
She should complete certification re
quirements ihis summer.
She's hoping her work with the
? "It's a totally different
I concept... No more
traditional classrooms. "
I ? Anita White
Acting Literacy Directoi
? On new CASAS training system
program will increase ihc cxkis of
BCC getting a grunt to lully imple
ment the program on campus this
For easier supervision, Mrs.
White said she initially wants to es
tablish "strictly CASAS" classes on
the three BCC campuses at Lcland,
Supply and Southport.
CASAS is a non-profit organiza
tion which provides Icarncr-centercd
materials for curriculum manage
ment, assessment and evaluation.
The system is used extensively in
ABE, ESL and other literacy, wel
fare reform and corrections pro
It provides tools used to placc stu
dents in programs, to diagnose their
needs, monitor their progress and
certify their mastery of functional
basic skills. These include reading,
math, listening and speaking skills,
as well as critical thinking, problem
solving and communication skills
encountered by adults in everyday
life and work.
Mrs. White sees several advan
tages to the approach. First of all,
when students arc evaluated for
placement, they arc identified as
functioning not at first- or fourth
grade, but at a program level, such
as ABE 1 or 2. This reduces the
likelihood of an adult comparing
?heir abilities or skills with those of
"People arc going to feel a whole
lot better about themselves," she
Also, CASAS uses down-to-earth
real like situations in teaching basic
skills. The program is modified to
meet each student's needs and stu
dents set their own pace of study.
EVEN SMALL ADS GET
RESULTS IN THE BEACON
"One thing 1 was impressed with
was the crcativeness of the facilita
tors," said Mrs. While.
"It's a totally different concept.
There's no more of 'he teacher
putting an assignment on the hoard
for everybody to do. No more tradi
"Once they realize they're not go
ing to be in a regular class, that will
encourage some students," she con
tinued. "A lot of them dropped out
of school because they failed in a
For some instructors, CAS AS will
mean learning a new way of work
ing with students, she said, while for
others it will involve little change
from what they're already doing.
Among the first students to partic
ipate in the C'ASAS program will he
enrollces in the JOBS program ad
ministered by the Brunswick County
Department of Social Services
The Job Opportunities and Basic
Skills Training Program (JOBS) is
part of a national overhaul of the
welfare program, it inciudes job
training and educational opportuni
ties to help adult welfare recipients
enter the local workforce. Childcarc
and transportation ? two of the
biggest obstacles faced by members
of the target group in changing their
lives ? will be provided as needed.
"I think it's going to be a fantastic
program," said Mrs. White, who is
working with Ginger DeBcrry of
DSS in developing the educational
program for JOBS participants.
Information on BCC's literacy
programs is available from the col
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