The College of Educational Enrichment To Graduate 51 Students With Special Needs, Nov. 30

November 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

The College of Educational Enrichment, a joint partnership between the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Charles Lea Center for Rehabilitation and Special Education, will host a graduation ceremony for 51 students on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Readiness Center Ballroom on the USC Upstate campus.

The College of Educational Enrichment began in June 2006 to enable adult students with physical and mental disabilities to attend courses on the college campus in as close to a normal learning environment as possible. Instructors teach dance, strategy games, physical education, sign language, art, music, crafts, health and nutrition, reading skills and computer skills. This year’s graduation is the third for the program, and coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Charles Lea Center.

“This has been one of our highly successful community partnership programs,” said Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at USC Upstate. “It has been mutually beneficial to the Charles Lea Center student participants and to the USC Upstate teacher education students who have gained valuable field experiences working in the program.”

“Since its inception, this program has served more than 250 participants and currently we have 127 active participants with ten instructors,” said Dr. Lori Tanner, assistant professor of education at USC Upstate. USC Upstate School of Education students also provide support to   the College of Educational Enrichment staff.

The College of Educational Enrichment will honor 33 students with the “Initial Degree of Educational Enrichment” for completing five courses, and 18 students with the “Advanced Degree of Educational Enrichment” for completing eight courses. After students complete 12 courses they will earn the Exceptional Degree of Educational Enrichment.

Students receiving Initial Degrees of Educational Enrichment:
Lafayette James Artison
Hope Bailey
Pat Boozer
Judy Bradley
Bryan Cain
Mary Dukes
Becky Edgins
Ashley Garrett
Sandra Geter
April Hambright
Justin Jackson
Robin Leonhardt
Joe Lightbody
Joyce Martin
Michael McDowell
Robert Merck
Curtis Darrell Mitchell
Susan Montgomery
Quisha Morman
Rebecca Morton
Crystal Reeves
Lakeshia A. Rice
Harriett Ryan
Ellis Salter
Melissa Scott
Mary Lou Stahlsmith
Brent Tripp
Brian Tripp
Susan Walker
Tracy White
Laura Whitt
Jeraldine Williams
Peggy Wright
Students receiving Advanced Degrees of Educational Enrichment:
Judith Blackwell
Tracy Burke
Kathy Burton
Bonnie Cash
Mary Fuller
Patricia Gay
Tanya Gray
Debra Jones
Wayne Millwood
Kim Morris
Jane Morrison
Katrina Prescott
Danny Pruitt
Stephen Sain
Phillip Sinclair
Brenda Caroline Taylor
Michael Trisler
Donald Yarrick

For more information about the College of Educational Enrichment, contact Dr. Lori Tanner, assistant professor of education at USC Upstate, at 864-503-5636 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting or ltanner@uscupstate.edu.