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College President Visits EFSC Classrooms

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April 14, 2015 - College President Dr. Jim Richey spent Tuesday visiting students and faculty on all four Eastern Florida State College campuses, getting a first hand look at life in the classroom.

EFSC president addressing classThe tour was the latest step in Richey's continuing efforts to meet with students and faculty and get their feedback on the impact the college's programs are having in providing new educational  opportunities.

"I learn a lot on days like today by listening to students and seeing their close interaction with instructors," said Richey. "That's very important in helping me make decisions to move the college forward."

Richey started the day on the Palm Bay campus where he spoke with students in a computer programming class taught by Professor David Shedrow.

"It's exciting to see students studying in our new programs, especially areas like computer information technology that are driving the global economy," said Richey. "There are great job prospects waiting for graduates with the right skills."

He then headed to the Melbourne campus where he observed a film class led by Dr. David Johannson, which Richey lauded as an example of "the kind of well-rounded education that students need to understand the complex, fast-changing world in which they live."

EFSC president with nursing studentsThe afternoon took Richey to the Cocoa campus and the health science class of Dr. Joe Helme and Alyce Riddle where he watched freshman nursing students practice their skills using a human patient simulator.

"Many of the college's new Associate's Degree and Bachelor's Degree programs are in health care, and this class shows the essential hands-on training that students receive to prepare them for the workplace," he said.

Richey's last stop was the Titusville campus and a speech class taught by Professor Deanna Handfield, where he told students to "always strive do the next right thing."

"Learn how to present yourselves, learn how to interview, put a plan together for your future," he said. "If you do, you can do whatever you want with your lives."