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Shippensburg, PSU Mont Alto join programs

September 21, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Like department stores, universities are often in competition with each other for students and funding, but Tuesday at Chambersburg Mall, Shippensburg University and Penn State Mont Alto signed a cooperative agreement to help area school teachers put new technologies to work in their classrooms.

The agreement allows teachers who have completed Penn State's Technology Integration Certification for K-12 Educators and Teachers, or TICKET, to transfer those credits to Shippensburg's graduate-level Supervisory Certificate program. The ceremony was held at the Penn State Mont Alto Chambersburg Center in the mall.

"Up until recently, none of them would have been transferable," said Dr. Robert Bartos, dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Shippensburg. The TICKET courses at Mont Alto have now been approved as graduate-level courses, he said.

The previous system was unwieldy for students, Shippensburg University President Anthony Ceddia said. "They lose credits, they lose time, they lose money."

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Ceddia predicted more joint ventures between the universities in the future.

A dozen teachers from area schools are scheduled to graduate from the two-year, 15-credit TICKET course in December, according to Mont Alto Chief Executive Officer Dr. David H. Goldenberg. Another 25 Fairfield Area School District teachers are taking the courses at their school in Adams County and will graduate in July.

Those teachers will be able to take another 12 credits at Shippensburg to earn supervisory certificates.

TICKET courses include Designing Internet Resources and Instructional Design for Multimedia Technologies and will help teachers integrate new technology in classrooms.

"As we enter the next century, access to knowledge and interpretation of knowledge will be as important as ... memorizing knowledge," said Greencastle-Antrim School District Superintendent P. Duff Rearick.

In his district, where all teachers have computers, Internet access and e-mail, the teachers who take these certification courses will "teach our teachers," Rearick said.

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