Please consider submitting an abstract  for this special session at the
2010 GSA meeting in Denver.  This would be a great way to highlight your
program/department's success so that others may learn from it.   If you
have questions, please contact Eric Baer <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
(Highline Community College) or Heather Macdonald <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
(College of William and Mary).

T44 Geoscience Programs at Community Colleges: Models for Success and

Community College Geoscience programs are a critical part of the
geoscience education system.  Because they serve more than 10 million
students currently enrolled in these institutions, they play a critical
role in educating the general public and future graduates of colleges,
training future K-12 educators and recruiting geoscience majors from a
diverse and variable pool.  This session will look at the questions that
community college geoscientists face in fulfilling this mission and
illustrate successful approaches to fulfilling our diverse mandate.

We are particularly interested in hearing about how you or your program
has succeeded in any one of the many facets of geoscience programs at
2-year colleges such as:

*         Recruiting and retaining a diverse student
population/broadening participation in the geosciences

*         Educating the broader community in the geosciences

*         Field geoscience education

*         Incorporating new college-level students into research

*         Creating and supporting future geoscience majors

*         Developing strong and supportive relationships with 4-yr
schools or other institutions

*         Pre-service or in-service teacher preparation or training

*         Working with other programs to provide interdisciplinary
classes or fields of study

*         Preparing students for the workforce in the geosciences
(professional-technical training or certification)

*         Maintaining professional currency 

*         Teaching to a diversely prepared student population


Conference Dates: October 31- November 3, 2010
Abstract Deadline: August 10, 2010

Session Organizers: Eric Baer <mailto:[log in to unmask]>   (Highline
Community College) and  Heather Macdonald <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
(College of William and Mary)