• Pasco-Hernando State College is hosting open houses at each of its campuses in July for recent high school graduates who are undecided on college plans as well as potential students seeking higher education. Attendees will learn about the variety of certificate and associate's degree programs offered through the college and the new bachelor's degree programs. The events also will include campus tours and information on admissions, financial aid, scholarships and the more than 50 clubs and organizations available. Open house dates and locations include: West Campus, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, (727) 847-2727; North Campus, 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, (352) 796-6726; East Campus, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City, (352) 567-6701; Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel, (813) 527-6615; and Spring Hill Campus, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 16 at 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 688-8798.
• The District School Board of Pasco County is partnering with county agencies, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and local chambers to host a job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Land O'Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Lane. Representatives from the school district, Sheriff's Office, Pasco County government, clerk of court and tax collector, United Way and Central Pasco and Wesley Chapel chambers of commerce will be on hand to talk to applicants. Applicants are sought for the following positions: clerical/administrative support; accounting/finance; bus drivers/assistants; information services; food services; law enforcement/corrections; maintenance/skilled trades; instructional/child care. For information, visit the district's website, pascoschools.org, and click on the link in the Job Fair banner at the top of the page.
Need to get those volunteer hours? The Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, is offering volunteer training at 5 p.m. Tuesday for teens who want to become volunteers at the library. Access the online volunteer form at pascolibraries. org and call the library at (813) 929-1214 to sign up for the training. For information about other youth library events at Pasco County library branches, go to pascolibraries.org. For information about events at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to nprlibrary.org.
• Three Pasco County teachers have joined 41 other educators to teach English listening comprehension and conversation to 1,200 students from across China through a program facilitated by the Chinese Education Connection, the international education honor society Kappa Delta Pi and the University of Science and Technology in Beijing.
Students will be matriculating as freshmen at the university in Beijing or at associated universities throughout the country. They were selected for the program by test scores, and their tuition is financed by the Chinese government.
Charles Kohl, who teaches social studies at Bayonet Point Middle School, is teaching in the program for his second year along with Fivay High Spanish teacher Lizzette Nazario and Gulf High French teacher Anne Currelly.
They will deliver lectures on American culture and facilitate discussions with small groups of students during the 15-day summer session. Teachers will also have the opportunity to tour the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the nearby port city of Tianjin.
• Students from Marchman Technical Education Center competed in this year's state SkillsUSA competition in Pensacola, bringing home four gold, one silver and four bronze medals. Competitors went head to head in more than 100 occupation-related skills and business leadership challenges to earn slots in the 50th Annual SkillsUSA national competition. MTEC students and their honors are: post secondary gold: Kelly Harrison, hair weaving; Devin McWilliams, HVACR; Justin Howie, electrical wiring; secondary gold: Jesse Marangi, electrical wiring; post secondary silver: Adam Fairfax, electrical wiring; post secondary bronze: David Bowden, cosmetology; Haley Eberly, advertising design; and secondary bronze: Brandon Matzke, electrical wiring; Bryan Benz, computer maintenance.
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