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Middle School Students Hear Real-World Advice During UCAN2

5/5/2014

Moberly, MO - Moberly Area Community College hosted Moberly Middle School students this week in a series of events as part of the annual UCAN2 campus tours.

Last week, UCAN2 events for the sixth grade included a campus tour of MACC departments and facilities with presentations from faculty and staff. Guest speaker Victor Bell, Moberly High School coach and social sciences instructor, spoke to the students about making good choices and setting goals.

The seventh grade program on Friday featured urologist Dr. Joshua Holyoak from Moberly Regional Medical Center. He provided the background story on his education and career path, stressing the importance of finding what one loves to do and then learning as much as possible about it. Afterward, the students broke into small groups based on career options they selected. The groups spent the rest of the morning with instructors and community volunteers discussing pathways to realize their goals.

On Wednesday, the Middle School eighth grade class will hear from High School principle Aaron Vitt and spend the morning participating in the Reality Store simulation. The activity walks the students through the day of someone who may experience life from very different social or economic circumstances.

Since 2006, MACC has coordinated with the Moberly Public School system to provide early college awareness for middle school students in the community. Each grade level has a separate day and activity on campus and the event provides the opportunity for community leaders to talk about the importance of education. The speakers and volunteers emphasize that a successful career path in any field is available for anyone willing to work toward a goal.

For more information on the UCAN2 program, contact Amy Hager at x11237.

IMG 5049Moberly Regional Medical Center's Dr. Joshua Holyoak discusses his field of urology and the reasons students should further their education with Moberly Middle School seventh graders during a recent UCAN2 event at Moberly Area Community College.

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Moberly Area Community College is a two-year, nationally accredited college serving 16 counties in central and northeast Missouri. Founded in 1927, MACC now has seven locations and serves over 5500 students each semester in classroom and online experiences. For more information on available degree programs, visit macc.edu.

 

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