Northeast Texas Community College is offering an exciting summer travel-study opportunity for students who want to learn about U.S. history first-hand instead of just through reading and lectures.
For the fifth year, NTCC is offering the "Passing Through Our American Heritage" travel-study course to Washington D.C. This five-day trip will take students to sites including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, Arlington Cemetery, various monuments and a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with Congressman Ralph Hall. A day trip to Gettysburg, Penn. will also be
Students who participate will receive up to six hours of course credit for American National Government and/or United States History. For students who have already taken these courses, there is also a Special Topics course option.
"This is a great opportunity for students who have reservations about taking history and government in a classroom environment because they think it is boring or they fear the heavy reading load," Carrie Pritchett, NTCC history instructor and trip organizer, said. "This class is still intensive, but to actually get out of the classroom makes it less intimidating and more fun."
The idea for Passing Through Our American Heritage course was a joint effort between Pritchett and her colleague the late Randy Nobles. According to Pritchett, they both saw it as a means to get students out of the classroom to see history and government in action.
"For subjects such as history and government, which are traditional lecture classes, having a "lab" experience where students actually see important historical sites and watch government in action on Capitol Hill is invaluable," Pritchett said.
According to Pritchett, one of the highlights of the program was a visit to Congressman Ralph Hall's office last year. "The students not only visited with Congressman Hall in his office, but we also were able to watch him make a vote in the House of Representatives. He made a special trip over to his office just to visit our group, even though it was a hectic voting day at the Capitol," she said.
Trip Dates: May 16-20, 2009
Informational Meeting: February 11, 2009 in H107 at 12:30pm
Carrie Pritchett will teach the history course and Rex Allen will teach the government section for the trip. The cost of the trip is still undetermined, but should be available at the meeting.
For more information, contact:
Rex Allen at (903) 434-8235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Pritchett at email@example.com.