Workshop Series — Topic Presentations for High School Students (Click here to download the workshop information in PDF format.)
“Budgets and Money”
This workshop will provide students with an understanding of how to build a budget for expenses and college costs. Budgetary issues related to percentage of living costs, total debt, and saving accounts will be emphasized through case studies and hands-on budget activities. (1 or 2 hours)
“On Becoming a Teacher”
This workshop will provide students with information about the teaching profession, the process of program application and certification (including the national Praxis I and II tests), and market and employment trends for the various areas of licensure. (1 hour)
“Autism and Asperger Syndrome: An Overview”
This workshop will guide participants through an overview of the common characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, diagnostic criteria, and low-cost classroom adaptations. (1 or 2 hours)
This workshop will guide students through career options, college planning, both academically and personally, and considerations for college success. Included is a “cheat sheet” of terminology for higher education, financial planning options and scholarship considerations.
(1 or 2 hours)
What does it mean to lead? Is there an art and science to leadership?
This workshop will provide students with an opportunity to examine case studies of effective (and infamous) leaders with a special emphasis on personal characteristics and motivational factors that influence people. (1 or 2 hours)
“Arts Integration: From STEM to STEAM”
This interactive workshop will provide students with an understanding of arts integration in the content areas. The arts, including theater, dance, music, visual arts, and digital media, are powerful tools for increasing creativity, communication skills, and problem-solving ability. More than “arts-enhanced” curriculum, arts integration provides an opportunity for students to create original works rooted in core curriculum. (1 or 2 hours)
“Public Speaking and Teaching”
This interactive workshop will work with students to improve “stage” presence and storytelling ability. Participants will critique speech techniques and practice several activities related to presentation. (1-2 hours)
“Hot Careers for the Future”
This workshop will creatively look at careers of the future including those in digital media, health care professions, education, communications, and the arts. Students will have an opportunity to review related programs of study and needed qualifications/certifications for positions.
“What are Graphic Design and Digital Media Design”
This workshop will provide students with information about the fields of Graphic Design and Digital Media Design; discussion will focus on what jobs are available with these degrees and some misconceptions related to the fields. (1 hour)
“Communications in the Arts”
This workshop will creatively look at careers in the Communications field, including those in Communications Studies, Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism, Documentary Film, Sports Broadcasting, and Public Relations. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about and discuss the rapid changes occurring in the Communications industry.
Dr. Keely Camden, Dean for the College of Education, West Liberty University
Keely is a former special education teacher and Associate Professor of Special Education. She teaches coursework related to special education, autism, classroom management, assessment, and reading.
Dr. Bill Baronak, Dean for the College of Arts and Communication, West Liberty University
Bill is a former television videographer and Assistant Professor of Communications. He teaches coursework in public speaking, video production, media survey, and leadership studies.
Ms. Lou Kara, Director of the Center for Arts and Education, West Liberty University
Lou has worked extensively in arts advocacy and arts leadership. She was the Director of the Appalachian Education Initiative, a non-profit arts intermediary in Morgantown, WV before creating the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University.
“Wellness and Careers”
The area of physical fitness and health promotion has steadily grown in the United States. The areas of physical education, health education, athletic training, and exercise physiology all contribute to this growing career field. College Board lists 6 of the top 10 careers with the greatest growth from 2008-2018 to be in the health, education, and medical areas. The Department of Health and Human Performance at West Liberty University services the needs of this growing demand by offering several curricula in these skyrocketing areas. The workshop will provide an overview of the careers that are beginning to boom and the path needed to invest ones future in that area.
Richard West, Instructor, West Liberty’s Exercise Physiology program
Rick, has over 15 years in coaching, education, and pharmaceutical sales and is currently a doctoral student in WVU’s Kinesiology program.