Intercom Online......August 13, 1998

New at Penn State

English as a second language

Penn State Lehigh Valley will be the site of a University of Turabo master's degree program offered this fall in education that emphasizes English as a second language.

The program, a partnership with the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, is the first master's degree in the Lehigh Valley specializing in teaching English as a second language. It was created to support educators' efforts in meeting the needs of students whose first language is not English. It will focus on second language acquisition, methods of teaching, communication skills and reading processes.

Information sessions for interested teachers will be held at the Lehigh Valley campus in Fogelsville on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and at Penn State Berks campus in Reading on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Both sessions are scheduled for 6-7 p.m.

The degree program targets teachers with teaching experience who are certified in elementary or secondary education. Proficiency in a second language is not necessary to participate and classes to complete the degree will be offered on weekends, allowing students to complete six credits each semester. Thirty-six credits are required to complete the degree.

For more information, call (610) 285-5000.

Penn College dental hygiene degree

Philadelphia area dental hygienists can now earn a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene, thanks to a videoconferencing program available through the Pennsylvania College of Technology, an affiliate of Penn State.

The courses will be delivered from Penn College in Williamsport to Montgomery County Community College. Students will be licensed dental hygienists who have completed associate degrees in dental hygiene, but who desire advanced education and credentials. Classes will be held in the evenings.

Penn College is one of only two institutions in the state to offer a baccalaureate in dental hygiene; the other is located near Pittsburgh. Penn College also offers the degree at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke and Harcum College in Bryn Mawr.

For more information, call (717) 320-8007.

The initiative is made possible, in part, through a $58,908 Link-to-Learn grant awarded to Penn College earlier this year. Link-to-Learn is Gov. Tom Ridge's three-year, $132-million initiative aimed at expanding the use of technology in the classroom.

Camps for kids

Three camps offered in conjunction with The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Geisinger make lasting impressions on children who attend them and on those who volunteer their time and services.

* Camp S.T.A.R (sports, teamwork and recreation) is intended to help kids ages eight to 18 with disabilities find their talents in sports and recreational activities. The camp offers kids a "change in their lifestyle as well as their attitude."

* Vent Camp, located in Camp Harmony Hall in Middletown, is a one-week camp where children dependent on ventilators may attend free of charge. There are only three camps in the country that give ventilator-dependent children this opportunity. Activities include swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts and more. The Pennsylvania Vent Camp is funded by the Children's Miracle Network annual fund-raisers and donations from various other organizations.

* Camp Can Do, held this year at Camp Gretna Glen in Mt. Gretna, is a two-week camp that offers children with cancer between the ages of eight and 17 a chance to have fun. Camp Can Do is paid for by numerous donations with the majority of funds coming from the American Cancer Society.

Anyone interested in the camps, should contact Kelly Scholl (Camp S.T.A.R.) at (717) 531-7111; Michael Dettorre (Vent Camp) at (717) 531-5337; and Janiece Crovella (Camp Can Do) at (717) 531-8366.

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