Carroll Community College Provides Free At-Home Lab Science Kits for the Fall Semester - More than 700 students will benefit

Release Date
2020-09-08
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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Carroll Community College Provides Free At-Home Lab Science Kits for the Fall Semester
More than 700 students will benefit

Westminster, Md., September 5, 2020—Carroll Community College (Carroll) will distribute at-home science lab kits to students taking virtual and hybrid learning science classes. These kits are provided at no cost to the student and will be available for pick up at a drive-thru station on campus from Tuesday, September 8 through Thursday, September 10 from 10 am- 6 pm, and Friday, September 11 from 9 am to 4 pm.

“The College community has worked diligently to develop innovative ways to meet the educational needs of our students, providing hands-on immersive learning opportunities in a virtual environment,” said Dr. James D. Ball, President, Carroll Community College. ”We are grateful for the federal CARES Act funding we received and for our esteemed Board of Trustees for their continued investment in our students’ instructional experience. Without this funding, we would not have been in a position to provide these Science kits at no cost.”

Over the past four months, faculty and staff in the sciences division of the College have been working to both purchase lab kits from external vendors and to develop others in-house. Approximately 830 purchased kits will be utilized in biology, microbiology, chemistry, physical sciences, and physics classes. Each lab kit will allow students to perform between six and ten lab experiments that the faculty have aligned with the course. The cost of the kits ranges from $150-$300.

“We are delighted to provide this critical educational component to our students at no cost to them,” said Dr. Rosalie V. Mince, Provost, Carroll Community College. “The creativity demonstrated by the faculty as they have pivoted to new learning formats continues to be exemplary.”
According to Dr. Raza Khan, Chairperson, Sciences Division and Program Director, STEM Scholars, who led this effort at the College, the sciences division made approximately 100 kits where there was not a commercially available product to support the learning in the course. 24 physics lab kits and 72 geology lab kits were created. In addition, the lab staff prepared microbial media for students to do hands-on labs at their homes for microbiology classes.

“I commend the efforts of the sciences division to procure, create and utilize these kits, which will enhance the education for more than 700 students, as some take more than one lab class,” said Khan. “Our team has a strong commitment to equip our students both instructionally and technologically so they can become the next generation of Science Professionals.”

“This effort supports our mission to make the College the high-quality, affordable and safe choice for students in Carroll County and beyond,” said Ball.

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Carroll Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing lives. Building community.  Carroll Community College (Carroll) provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at www.carrollcc.edu