Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator Travels to Virginia

Mary McMullen-Light, MCC-Longview WAC Coordinator, recently shared her expertise with The Apprentice Shipbuilding School in Newport News, Virginia. The school was one of twelve colleges across the US that sent personnel to the first Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Institute for Community Colleges at Longview in June 2011. A physics instructor and a WAC coordinator from The Apprentice School attended the Institute and were instrumental in designing and implementing a WAC Program at the school upon their return.

Last month, Mary conducted a 2-day WAC workshop at the school for 25 STEM faculty members. Faculty there were excited to discover new ways to use writing as a learning tool and explore the strategies Longview instructors use to design projects and evaluate student writing.

The Apprentice Shipbuilding School has an enrollment of 750 students and teaches them to build nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers for the US Navy through a 4-year program.  Each year the school receives 5,000 applications from prospective students.

Because the school is considered a military installation, Mary had to pass a Department of Defense background check and present her birth certificate in order to gain entry to the school and was not allowed to bring a cellphone, camera, or laptop onto the premises.