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,"Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 29, 2016 PluggedIn programs in iSouthwest Virginia On November 9, 2016, !Linda Allen, Southwest ~Regional Adult Education ~Program Manager, and 1 were presenters in a nation- ~1 webinar produced by ',World Education which ,focused on implementing ~ntegrated education and ,training in rural settings. Programs from three local- ities across the nation (Maine, Minnesota. and Virginia) were selected to participate in the webinar. In the webinar, Linda and I discussed PluggedlnVA 'programs that have been implemented in rural "Southwest Virginia. I pre- sented the following infor- mation about the PluggedlnVA curriculum in the webinar to a national "audience. The PluggedinVA adult education curriculum focuses on four content areas: basic skills develop- ment, professional soft skills, digital literacy skills, and 21st century skills. For each cohort, we develop a schedule of courses utiliz- ing a block scheduling for- mat with a team teaching approach, which, has proved to work very well for this model. In basic skills develop- ment, instructors focus on reading, writing, and math- ematics. At the beginning oft he program, students' basic skills are assessed, and then post-testing is done midway through the program and again at the end of the program to measure students' progress and document educational functioning level gains. If Southwest Regional Adult Education is partnering with a community college, students may earn college credit for these areas of instruction. For example, the math instruction may constitute a 3-credit math class, or the reading and writing instruction may constitute a 3 -credit English class. Each of these subjects are contextu- alized for the specific field of study. For reading, there are several different texts that are used in the classroom. In each six-month long cohort, students study the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. They also read a book that focuses on college survival skills called 100 Things Every Adult College Student Should Know. Some cohorts will read a book and then spend a cul- tural evening having dinner and seeing a play based on that book at Virginia's renowned Barter Theatre in Abingdon. A few examples of plays seen are "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Walking Across Egypt," and "My Fair Lady" (based on the book Pygmalion). There are many differ- ent opportunities for stu- dents to enhance reading skills. In one particular PluggedInVA program, the instructor had the class read ten books during the course of the program. For the business etiquette por- tion of the class, students study The Etiquette Advantage in Business. Also, students who do not have a high school-level credential will work in an online GED prep pro- gram called GED Academy in which they will work through a lan- guage arts section that encompasses both reading and writing. (Look for Part 2 of this article next week.) For information about GED preparation classes or future PluggedInVA pro- grams, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581-9935. GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. opics Compliments Pastor Jessie M. Jones 762-7963 A home in Heaven It pays to tell the truth It was back in 1962, [ heard that they were build- ing a four lane bridge on Route 11 just out of Kingsport, Tennessee. I had just lost my dad and I was needing a job real bad. I turned in my application and they told me that I could go to work on Monday morning. It was going to be a big job and since I loved bridge work and it wasn't too far from home, I was glad to get the job. We started in the south- bound lane. Well, after the decking was all laid, the next thing to do was put in the steel then pair the con- crete. Well, since this was a new road we was building over the old road. The trac- tor trailer driver brought the steel in there and unloaded it on the old road. Since it was not room to get a crane down there we had to carry the steel which was bars about 60 feet long and 1 inch in diameter all the way up the hill to put them on the decking for the bridge. One morning, the foreman came out before work time and he said, "Have any of you gentle- men ever had a back prob= lem?" I couldn't lie so I said, "Yes, I have but it's not bothering me at the present time." He said, "Have you seen a doctor?" I said, "Yes, I have seen a chiropractor." He went on back to the office. All the guys said, ""You know that you're going to get laid off or fired today, don't you?" I said, "Well, I certainly would hate to lose this job but I wasn't going to tell that man a lie." Well, he came back out again at dinner time. We were eating and some of the guys said, "! bet when he comes, he'll have your check." He said, "Well, gentle- men, it's going to be a hard job carrying that steel up that hill to this bridge. Jake, since you have had a back problem, I'm going to let you pick out four men and you can startdecking in the northbound lane. A man who has had back problems certainly does not need to carry this steel." I guess by that time every one of them would have liked to have had a back problem. It took three men to carry one bar of steel for days before they could work on the bridge. Well, I was there until the job was completed and was the last one to leave. This story takes my mind back in time when I had a problem far worse than the back problem. I was lost and on my way to Hell without Jesus until one night He told me, "You don't have to carry this load of sin anymore. I have something far better and at the end of this long life's road, a home in Heaven." Now that I know that this life will very soon be over, I am so glad that I accepted that offer He made me that dark stormy night when I needed Him so bad. Food City Managers present a check to Dr. Mark Estepp, Southwest Virginia Community College President, to provide scholarships for local students. The scholarships were funded through a partnership between Food City and Friends of Coal of Pikeville/COA last spring. Reusable commemorative shopping bags were sold with 100 % of the proceeds from bag sales donated to assist in reclamation efforts and to provide scholarships for displaced miners and their children wish- ing to continue their education at a local college. Pictured (1 to r): Keith Sheets, Assistant Manager Cedar Bluff, VA; Mark Estepp, president of SWCC; Curtis Mullins, Store Manager, Vansant, VA; and Ryan Whitt, Store Manager, Lebanon, VA. Visit http ://sw.edu/scholarships/ Reciper by Mildred Helbert I YUMMY HAMBURGERS 6 tablespoons dry bread crumbs 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup chopped green pepper 1 garlic clove, minced 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 to 1/2 teas. salt 1/4 to 1/2 teas. pepper 1 lb. ground beef 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce 3/4 teas. Italian season- ing Combine bread crumbs, onion, green pepper, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper. Add beef and 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese; mix well. Shape into patties. Brown patties in a skillet on each side. Combine tomato sauce and Italian seasoning; pour over pat- ties. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 min- utes or until meat is no longer pink. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Serve patties over spaghetti noo- dles. FRUIT BAKE 1 apple, peeled and thin- ly sliced 1 teas. lemon juice 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks .1 can (29 oz.) peach halves, drained 1 can (29 oz.) pear halves, drained 1 jar (6 oz.) Maraschino cherries, drained 1/2 cup pecan halves 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 tbsp. butter or mar- garine 1 teas. cinnamon Toss apple slices with lemon juice. Arrange in a greased 2 1/2 qt. baking dish. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Combine pineapple, peach- es and pears. Spoon over apples. Top with cherries and pecans; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, cinnamon and reserved pineapple juice. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dis- solved and butter is melted. Pour over fruit. Bake uncovered 325 degrees 45 minutes or until apples are tender. CAULIFLOWER CASSEROLE 1 cauliflower, broken into pieces 1 cup sour cream 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1/4 cup chopped red pepper 1 teas. salt 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese paprika Place cauliflower and a small amount of water in a saucepan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until crisp tender. Drain. Combine cauliflower, sour cream, cheddar cheese, cornflakes, peppers and salt; transfer to a greased 2 qt baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake uncovered 325 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. ANGEL MACAROONS 1 pkg. angel food cake mix 1/2 cup water 1 1/2 teas. almond extract 2 cups coconut Mix cake mix, water and extract on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape bowl. Beat on medium speed for one minute. Fold in coconut. Drop by round- ed teas. onto a paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until set. VAFCE scholarship application forms now available Virginia Association for Family and Consumer Education scholarship application forms are avail- able from the Wise County Family and Community Education Scholarship Chairman. The following scholarships are offered by VAFCE: The Ella G. Agnew scholarship is to be used by high school seniors seeking training for a nursing career, OR in the field related to the medical pro- fession.The amount of this scholarship shall be $1000.00. The Maude E.Wallace scholarship is a general scholarship awarded to a tltleoeooooooogll~llJetll O 11t1141 Stadium Theatres: Check Showtimes Online nortoncinema.com : CENTRAL : : .DRIVE- IN : I BIaCC~COOO, VA - 276-679-3761 : ABUL'I~: ~t8 CHILDREN: ~ : graduating high school senior planning to further his/her education in any field. The amount of this scholarship shall be $1000.00. The Mrs. Guy Roop ,scholarship is awarded to a mature adult who is cur- rently in college/university or who has been accepted for the first time to com- plete or improve education in any field. The minimum scholarship shall be $1000.00. The applicant should not be currently enrolled in high school. Any applicant that is not selected may apply for consideration in another year. The VAFCE does not discriminate against appli- cants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or political affiliation. For more information or application forms, call 328-6194. All forms must be completed and post- marked by April 15, 2017. O" Phone 276-762-7671 email: cvtimes@verizon.net