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Cyber safety is important for students

16 cyber safetyPeople rely on the internet every day. In recent months, reliance on digital technology was pushed even further as social distancing measures had the world going online for school and work and to maintain relationships with friends and family.

A report from Pew Research Center indicated that nearly 25% of young adults in America reported being online almost constantly.

Common Sense Media says teens spend an average of nine hours a day online, compared to roughly six hours for those between the ages eight and 12 and 50 minutes for kids younger than eight.

Students must exercise caution when spending time online.

Connectivity can be empowering, but it also puts students at risk from others and even their own, sometimes irresponsible behaviors. Staying safe online should remain a priority for students who must spend more time on the internet and using digital education tools.

These are some tips for maintaining cyber safety.

Exercise caution when sharing information like your name, address, phone number, and other personal data online.

Check with a trusted parent or teacher before sharing private data.

Report any online activity that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or confused, whether it is directed at you or a classmate.

Think carefully before you post comments online. Data remains online indefinitely, and your words and actions today can greatly affect your future.

Respect others online by refraining from demeaning or bullying comments.

Do not try to get around firewalls and blocked websites set up by school administrators. These limitations are there for your protection.

Stick to school-sanctioned assignments and internet browsing when using school-issued devices.

Administrators may have the right to monitor student activity without students’ knowledge and you can easily get yourself in trouble.

It is easy to hide or fake one’s identity on the internet, so never take someone you meet or speak with online at face value.

Never meet up with someone you do not know or only met online.

Talk to your parents or educators about extortion and ransomware that tries to trick you into providing payment in some shape or form to prevent a perpetrator from releasing private information about you, advises the Readiness and Emergency for Schools Technical Assistance Center.

Various steps can be taken to promote cyber safety among students, parents and administrators.

Tips for effective remote learning

15 remote learningAn increased reliance on virtual home instruction has many students rethinking their organizational strategies and daily school schedules.

Learning at home is different from being in a traditional classroom environment, but with some effective strategies, students can persevere without missing a beat.

Stick to a schedule. Many students are successful because they follow a schedule. The Center for Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning says that routines and schedules are important because they influence a child’s emotional and cognitive development. Children feel secure with schedules, which may help them recognize what’s expected of them.

When learning at home, students should strive to maintain as consistent a schedule as possible, including bedtimes, wake times, hours devoted to learning and time to get outside or engage in downtime activities.

Connect live if possible. There are many free tools and resources available that enable teachers to provide live video lessons or to record them so students can watch them later.

Similarly, social networking apps and virtual meeting programs enable students to connect digitally. This can be helpful for collaborative learning assignments or just to see a familiar face.

Stick to tools that work. Once students find apps or systems that work, they should stick with them, offers Khan Academy, an educational tutoring resource. There are many factors outside of one’s control during virtual instruction, but maintaining consistency with tools and schedules is one way to feel more confident and secure.

Check student accounts frequently. Just like students, teachers may be learning as they go in regard to remote learning strategies.

Students should be sure to check school email accounts or other places where teachers post assignments a few times per day so that they stay on top of all assignments and are aware of due dates.

Reach out to instructors. Allegheny College suggests students contact their teachers if they are unsure of how to participate in remote learning environments.

Ask questions about assignments, get clarification on key topics and be sure to tune into any remote chats or virtual “office hours.”

Stay in touch with guidance, if needed. Remote learning is a new experience for many students, and there may be certain struggles or road blocks. It can be easy to grow frustrated with equipment failures or lack of in-person interaction.

Schools employ qualified therapists and guidance counselors who are just a click, call or email away if issues need to be talked through.

Students should utilize all resources made available to them.

Virtual home instruction can be made even easier with some extra assistance and guidance.

FTCC offers career opportunities in Information Technology

18 IT professionalThere are many reasons why one should consider Information Technology as a field of study. Information Technology includes many different areas you can choose from. The job market is constantly growing and a fundamental Informational Technology knowledge-base opens the door to pursue a vast number of different careers within the field. There will always be a demand for technology specialists, as new advancements are continually on the horizon and the financial reward is great.

FTCC offers an Information Technology degree in PC Support & Services as well as Database Management. This curriculum prepares graduates to work in the Information Technology field as Help Desk Technicians, Technical Support Specialists, Field Service Technicians, System Support Specialists and a number of other positions.

Students will learn about computer hardware and software in order to troubleshoot and solve problems. Students also learn the fundamentals of other areas in Information Technology like Programming, Networking, Security and Virtualization.

Education and training in Information Technology can be an asset for an individual’s career. We are not limited to only those individuals who are seeking an associate degree.

For those who are seeking that additional career training, we have several certificate programs that are condensed, focusing on one particular area of interest.

FTCC also offers education opportunities for high school students. There are many certificates available to High School Connections and Cumberland Polytechnic High School students.

Anyone interested in the program may apply to FTCC from the homepage www.faytechcc.edu by clicking on Apply Now.

There is no application fee and everyone is accepted. During the admissions process, you will be able to indicate your area interest. You can select the Information Technology/Database Management or Information Technology/PC Support & Services program at this location in the process.

Once the admissions process is complete, you can begin registering for classes right away. Students can begin their major courses their first semester.

Interested individuals may also contact Tomica Sobers, at 910-678-7368 or email at sobersto@faytechcc.edu.

Registration is currently open for Fall 8-week classes. Classes begin Oct. 15. New students can schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor or email admissionscounselors@faytechcc.edu for assistance with admissions, counseling and registration.

FTCC offers over 280 curriculum programs of study where some academic credits transfer to some four-year colleges/universities and also offers a wide range of Corporate and Continuing Education (noncredit transfer) classes and programs of study.

For convenience of study in a safe learning environment (online, virtual or traditional classroom), affordability, student club/organization experiences and a high-quality education, make the smart choice for education—Fayetteville Technical Community College.

CARE Clinic hosts golf tournament to raise funds

16 logoThursday, Sept. 17, The CARE Clinic hosts its 26th Annual Golf Charity at Gates Four Golf and Country Club. This annual event raises funds to help the clinic provide free basic medical and simple dental extraction services to eligible uninsured, low-income adults. By making it a no-frill tournament, the clinic can make sure the most of every donation and registration dollar benefits those in need. Breakfast, beverages and prizes are all donated.

The CARE Clinic does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of donors, grants and fundraisers. The charity golf tournament is one of three major fundraisers The CARE Clinic hosts each year.

The next Care Dinner is set for Feb. 6, 2021 at 7 p.m. Hosts provide the space, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. The CARE Clinic provides the meal.
May 6, 2021, the annual Toast of the Town Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting and Silent Auction will take place at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. To purchase tickets, or to find out how you can support Adult patients who qualify for The CARE Clinic services, may receive, free of charge, any of the following services.
• Basic Medical Care
• Dental Extractions
• Chiropractic Care
• Laboratory Tests
• Additional Diagnostic Testing
• Pharmacy Service
• Health Education
• Community Resource Information
• Social Services
• Referrals to Specialists

To be seen in The CARE Clinic you must: be an adult resident of Cumberland County or surrounding areas; have no insurance, including Medicaid; meet an income requirement. Proof of household income required; and have a valid, NC DMV issued picture ID card or Driver License showing your current address where you are residing.

Clinics are primarily staffed by volunteers. Medical clinics are every Tuesday, Thursday and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Dental clinics are every Tuesday and second and and fourth Wednesday. All appointments are made on a space available basis. Patients are given the opportunity to make a donation at the time of
their visit.

The CARE Clinic does not take walk-ins. Appointments are made only by phone.

For information about how to make an appointment, call 910-485-0555.

The CARE Clinic also provides a page of excellent resources at https://www.thecareclinic.org/other-resources/

To learn more about The CARE Clinic, visit www.thecareclinic.org.

Memorial 9-11 Stair Climb at Segra Stadium

15 Stair ClimbThe Fayetteville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Segra Stadium is scheduled for Sept. 12 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters, police and EMS who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001.

Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, police officer or EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others.

Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 10 EMS are honored and that the world knows that we will never forget.

All monies raised fund the programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support the families of local fallen firefighters and the FDNY Counseling Services Unit.

Participants must register online no later than Sept. 10. You can register as an individual or as part of a team. Donations can also be made on the site.

For more information visit http://events.firehero.org/site/TR?fr_id=2186&pg=entry

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