Early Childhood Education Showcase planned April 16

The Early Childhood Education Showcase April 16 will introduce people to careers in early childhood education.

Those who are interested in a career working with children from birth through age 8 may attend the showcase at noon April 16 at the Upper Jewell Center on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus, 7250 State Ave.

The event is free and open to the public.

Early Childhood Education includes many careers. Possible careers include child care provider, director or coordinator; early elementary teacher (pre-K through third grade); infant and toddler specialist; home visitor; child care licensing inspector; preschool or childcare director; director of a children’s museum; literacy specialist; education research and special education, among others.

The showcase will feature the coordinator of KCKCC’s Early Childhood Education Department, Kris Hearn, and a panel discussion about the different career paths available to those who enter an early childhood education program. Panelists include professionals in the field, and current and former students who will speak on their experiences. There will also be a question and answer session for those who are interested in pursuing an early childhood education career.

This will be the first in a series of showcases under the Student Advising Center’s new program, FOCUS.

“In attempt to better inform our students and community about the extensive career and academic programs we offer at KCKCC, the Student Advising Center is launching KCKCC FOCUS,” said Alex Perez-Estrada, academic adviser at KCKCC. “We will be hosting a series of showcases which will give emphasis to our various programs. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to have a thorough understanding of their area of interest by meeting the experts in the given field and having a student perspective as well.”

Food and drinks will be served during the showcase, and door prizes will be offered throughout the presentation.

For more information or questions about the panel discussion or KCKCC’s early childhood education program, contact Alex Perez-Estrada at 913-288-7148.

– Story from Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

College trustees to meet today

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 pm. Tuesday, April 15, at the college.

The meeting is in the upper level Jewell Building on campus, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The agenda is online at http://www.kckcc.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/pdfs/bot/2014/BOT_APR15_2014.pdf.

 

Ethnic festival celebrates diversity

Timisha Rhodes, Kansas City, Kan., looked at a world map and participated in a contest during the annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12 at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)
The Legends of Diversity Award winners were Melanie Scott, left, festival cofounder, KCKCC professor of social and behavioral sciences and former director of the KCKCC Intercultural Center; and Karen Hernandez, cofounder of the festival and a former KCKCC trustee. (Staff photo)

 

More than 1,000 people turned out Saturday for the ninth annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The festival is an effort to bring together people of different cultures, celebrating diversity and common humanity.

Food, booths, entertainment, music and dancing were part of the festival today. Many cultures were represented, with more than 50 booths and organizations present. The event was held at the college’s field house.

The Legends of Diversity Award was presented to Karen Hernandez, cofounder of the festival, and to Melanie Scott, festival cofounder, KCKCC professor of social and behavioral sciences and former director of the KCKCC Intercultural Center.

The festival is based on Martin Luther King’s ideas of brotherly love, according to an explanation by Hernandez printed in the brochure for the event. It is an opportunity for people to grow in understanding of each other. Hernandez sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit at the festival, “Our Beloved Community.”

Scott said she has seen the festival grow from its infancy to 1,500 attendance now.

“People come together – that’s the beauty of it,” she said. “That really is the beauty of diversity.”

She expressed a desire that the appreciation of diversity and brotherhood extend beyond just today, to every day.

The festival featured a children’s corner this year, along with children’s books that were given away, after being coordinated by Hernandez.

“Karen represents the community joining hands with academia,” Scott said, so that together they can offer this festival to the community. The festival also helps promote college’s open-door concept, where everyone is welcome, she said.

Photos by Mary Rupert

 

Alicia Garcia, Kansas City, Kan., right, and Lizeth Obando, Kansas City, Kan., served food at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12 at a booth sponsored by the Good News Church of Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo)
Hrvatski Obicaj Croatian Orchestra, directed by Rick Mikesic, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)
Hrvatski Obicaj Croatian Orchestra, directed by Rick Mikesic, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)
Hrvatski Obicaj Croatian Orchestra, directed by Rick Mikesic, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)

 

The School of Irish Dance, directed by Bridgid Driscoll, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)

 

The School of Irish Dance, directed by Bridgid Driscoll, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)
The School of Irish Dance, directed by Bridgid Driscoll, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)
The School of Irish Dance, directed by Bridgid Driscoll, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)
The School of Irish Dance, directed by Bridgid Driscoll, performed April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)

 

The NAACP sponsored a booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12. At the booth were, left to right, Carolyn Mitchell, Akiya Sharp, Ernestine Smith, and Erickia Grant. The booth was helping with voter registration information. (Staff photo)
Carol Barksdale, left, a KCKCC adjunct, looked at a map of where she lived when her spouse was in the military service, with the help of Christa Kump of the German Edelweiss Society. They were at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12 at KCKCC. (Staff photo)

 

The Unified Government Human Relations Commission sponsored a booth at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12. (Staff photo)
Andrica Wilcoxen, outreach and prevention coordinator of the community outreach counseling program at KCKCC, helped staff a Latin America culture booth April 12 at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. (Staff photo)
A children’s corner for activities was new at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12. (Staff photo)
A Kansas City, Kan., fire truck was at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12 at KCKCC. (Staff photo)
The Mainstream Coalition sponsored a booth, including some voter registration information, at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12. (Staff photo)

 

There were many cultural booths at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12, including this one about Albania. (Staff photo)
Staffing a booth about Ireland at the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival April 12 were Helen Walsh Folsom, center, a local author, and Bettse Folsom, right. (Staff photo)