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EAC Education Department holds annual “Tea”

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EAC Education Department holds annual “Tea”

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Guests, students, and faculty of Eastern Arizona College’s Education Department gathered for the annual “Holiday Tea” last week at Thatcher’s main campus. The speakers included Max Phillips and Stephanie Miller, both of Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Distance Learning Office.

“We decided to use this year’s gathering as a kind of workshop,” explained JoAnne Ellsworth, EAC’s elementary education adviser, “because although 2+2 bachelor’s degree programs cost tens of thousands of dollars less than the traditional four-year university degrees, the process of obtaining them requires an intricate sequence and list of course requirements.”

At the meeting, students were handed a packet of information from NAU containing a “blueprint” designed especially for EAC’s NAU transfer students. “By completing the items in the first part of the blueprint,” explained Miller in her portion of the program, “you will be fulfilling all the requirements of your AA degree at Eastern, while checking off a huge chunk of the requirements listed in the second part.”

After the presentation, Max Phillips, area coordinator for NAU’s Distance Learning program, took some time to talk to the group about some of the benefits and pitfalls of the 2+2 program. “The main things I want you to know have to do with degrees and how they work and requirements and how to fulfill them.”

He explained that while NAU’s elementary education program does not require an associate degree, there are many other upper level degrees that do. “That is why we have made this blueprint for you. So that you can have both your associate degree—which will serve as the cornerstone of your education no matter what advanced degrees you ultimately seek—and your bachelor’s degree so you can teach in your own classroom in the shortest amount of time possible. I just can’t stress to you enough the value of that AA degree later on.”

The program was then opened up for what turned into a lively question and answer session that included questions about financial aid, admissions, loans, transferring, and many other general questions.

“I’m really pleased with this year’s event,” said Ellsworth. “The students need to fully understand this information as they prepare their class schedules for this next semester and beyond and this meeting really helped.”

Anyone thinking about a career in education is encouraged to call Ellsworth at 428-8312.