For Immediate Release
April 2, 2018
Contact: Jackie Herbstritt
Leadership Elk Cameron Program Holds Arts and Education Session
The Leadership Elk and Cameron program (LEC) students recently participated in the Arts and Education Session. The St. Marys Area High School hosted the program in the morning where participants learned about various local education initiatives. Amy Goode, program manager for the Community Education Center’s (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership program presented on the career development activities she provides for all of the area schools. Superintendents Dr. Toth/St. Marys, Mr. Crotzer/Johnsonburg, Ms. Vargas/Ridgway, and President MacDonald/Elk County Catholic led a panel discussion with the class regarding current trends in K-12 education. Dr. Joe Nairn, President of the new Northern PA Regional College presented on the college’s unique delivery model and trends in higher education. Mr. Schlimm, Principal of St. Marys Area High School, and Mr. Beck, Assistant Principal, led the group on a tour of the high school’s Career and Technical Education facilities including the metal-working, drafting, and building construction technologies. The participants enjoyed a lunch provided by the school, which was sponsored by the Northern PA Regional College.
In the afternoon, the class travelled to Ridgway where they toured Elkwood Arts, located inside Dickinson Center, and then watched a pottery demonstration by Stacie Johnson-Leske at Your Fired Pottery studio on Main Street. The participants finished the day at the Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) Sales Gallery, where Executive Director Sara Frank and Program Manger Liz Scacchitti presented information on ECCOTA’s programs and classes. The day wrapped up with Rich Skellen, Art Educator for Ridgway Area Schools; Mr. Skellen discussed the integration of academics into the arts and the importance art education has to students’ learning.
The Community Education Center is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 class. Almost 150 individuals have completed the Leadership Elk & Cameron program (LEC) since 2008. For more information about LEC and to obtain an application, contact the CEC at 781-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo attached: Stacie Johnson-Leske of Your Fired Pottery in Ridgway, provides a pottery-throwing demonstration for the participants of the Leadership Elk Cameron class on March 14th.