MECC English Instructors Receive Certification

Bethany Arnold and Jan Richards

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that English Instructors Bethany Arnold and Jan Richards recently received certification as “Developmental Education Specialists” from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators.

Arnold and Richards were two of 25 educators selected from across the United States to participate in the Kellogg Institute and its certification process during the 2014-15 academic year.  They were awarded certification following participation in the training program and completion of an implementation project at MECC. The certification as “Developmental Education Specialist” is awarded through the Kellogg Institute, in conjunction with Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

“The Kellogg Institute training was an excellent way to connect with developmental educators from across the nation,” said Arnold. “Our practicum project on metacognition reshaped the way that I introduce study skills and major concepts in the classroom.”

“The Kellogg Institute gave me a broader understanding of what students need when they enter college without possessing the basic skills to succeed,” added Richards. “I came away with a much deeper awareness of my responsibility as an instructor to help them grow – both intellectually and securing the confidence that they can accomplish their dreams.”

The Kellogg Institute, now in its 36th year, offers a unique month-long living/learning experience for the training and certification of educational professionals who work with academically underprepared students on college campuses. Each year Kellogg Participants take part in a summer training program, followed by a semester’s practicum in which participants implement new techniques on their home campuses.

For more information on Arnold and Richards’ Kellogg certification, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.2400 ext. 480.