High school students learn about education profession at Trine event

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ANGOLA (09/27/2017) Nearly 100 area high school students participated in the second annual Teacher By Trine education summit Thursday, Sept. 21, on the Trine University campus.

The 99 students who attended are taking part in programs to learn about careers in education or have expressed interest in teaching as a career. Participating schools included Prairie Heights High School, Heritage Jr./Sr. High School, Career Academy South Bend, West Noble High School, Garrett High School, Fremont High School, East Noble High School, Westview High School and Branch Area (Michigan) Career Center Education Academy.

The summit, hosted by Trine's Franks School of Education and its Employment Resource Center and sponsored by Walmart, included sessions for the students presented by Trine education faculty on topics such as classroom management, relational teaching, educational technology and student diversity.

"The topics they spoke on are all things teachers are dealing with on any given day," said Erica Shovlin, ICE/intern coordinator at Heritage Jr./Sr. High School. "Overall, the Teacher by Trine event was a great experience for our students."

"The breakout sessions were informative and covered areas that prospective teachers needed to see and hear about from a source other than my classroom," agreed Pat Kellett, education professions and cadet teacher coordinator at Prairie Heights High School. "I was impressed at the amount of planning and organization that went into the day's events."

Kellett said students commented that they gained a lot of information about education topics, and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Trine University and its education program.

"This event is a win for all involved," said Anthony Kline, Ph.D., dean of the Franks School of Education. "Our wonderful high school participants learn insights into our challenging, rewarding profession. Most of the 100 participants are visiting our beautiful campus for the first time. Our faculty love teaching the breakout sessions, which focus on different best practice teaching strategies. Our current teacher candidates play an integral part of the event, from the behind the scenes planning and coordinating to leading campus tours and even playing Storm! As with any successful event, it's a true team effort. And we have one incredible team."

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Trine University, an internationally recognized, private, co-educational, residential institution, offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in the Allen School of Engineering & Technology, Ketner School of Business, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Franks School of Education, Jannen School of Arts & Sciences and Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences. Trine is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and offers 23 varsity sports. Its golf program includes the university-owned 18-hole championship Zollner Golf Course. Founded in 1884 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org), Trine operates a 450-acre main campus in Angola, Indiana, and education resource centers throughout Indiana and Michigan.