The Times West Virginian

April 5, 2013

‘Bridging Cultures’ coming to Pierpont

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — This fall, Pierpont Community & Technical College will introduce a new addition to its curriculum — a course entitled “Bridging Cultures: Work and Identity in the Global Workforce.” 

“This is our first humanities class,” Debbie Benedetti, assistant dean of the School of Academic Studies, said.

The course is made possible by a grant from the Community College Humanities Association.

When the opportunity arose, Benedetti, along with fellow faculty members Linda King, Jim Savchuk and Dr. Sandra R. Woods, immediately got to work on a proposal for a literature course.

Out of 70 institutions across the country that applied for the grant, only 18 were chosen as recipients, including Pierpont. Benedetti said that the humanities course will also be used as a model for literature classes nationwide.

“The course was chosen due to the rich content of the proposal and its satisfaction of cultural awareness, critical thinking and civil discourse criteria concerning the bridging cultures theme,” Benedetti said.

Kathy Fedorko, co-founder and current board of directors member of the CCHA, has assisted the faculty members throughout the process, Benedetti said.

“She’s helped look through the readings we have selected and helped us evaluate them,” Benedetti said.

According to Benedetti, the syllabus and course description have already been completed.

During the course, students will read a variety of literary works, write essays, complete reading responses and work in groups on an oral presentation on a reading of their choice.


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