Education

Story by Dave Morgan

Aaron Weber, the Pennsylvania Conference Blue Mountain Academy’s (BMA) director of operations, reports that the school’s agriculture program has recently impacted the local community like never before. “BMA agriculture was invited to pilot a Farmer’s Market in downtown’s Reading St. Joseph’s Hospital (Pa.),” Weber shares. “On May 1, BMA opened a produce stand in a renovated room close to the hospital’s main entrance. During the growing season—and potentially year-round—they are open each Tuesday from 12:30-5 p.m. Hospital administrators are not only making this produce market available to patients participating in VeggieRx, a healthy food incentive program, but are encouraging staff to shop there and are advertising the stand to the community.”

 Leandro Lima

Story by Visitor Staff / Photo by Leandro Lima

Nine students from academies within the Columbia Union Conference recently received the Office of Education’s annual Caring Heart Award. The following graduates were nominated for demonstrating a personal commitment to service and witnessing.

Blue Mountain Academy – Lorena D. Alves
Highland View Academy – Catarina Sanches
Lake Nelson Adventist Academy – Brendan Sierra
Pine Forge Academy – Jonathan Williamson
Richmond Academy – Wendy Reyes (pictured above with Principal Nancy Malashenko)
Shenandoah Valley Academy – Pedro Teste-Pereira
Spencerville Adventist Academy – Favour Ogbue
Spring Valley Academy – Janelle Richardson
Takoma Academy – Taylor A. Gordon

Story by Jessica Beans

Kettering College (Ohio), a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education, broke its summer enrollment record for the second consecutive year. The college increased its opening enrollment by 11.8 percent, with a total of 722 students enrolled for the 2018 summer semester. Last summer, the college recorded a previous high of 646 students for the summer 2017 semester.

The college also reached a record high of summer full-time students with 418, an increase of 9.4 percent, passing the previous high of 382 in summer 2016. Kettering College also reached its record summer credit hours of 6200, an increase of 14.7 percent, passing the previous high of 5404 for the summer 2017 semester.