Two BRTC students, Deborah Woodson and Britt Grice, have been selected to attend the college’s upcoming Washington D.C. field trip free of charge. Fine Arts instructor Dr. Sandy Davis-Baltz, who spearheaded the project, compiled random lists of both December and May graduates from BRTC’s Technical programs and General Education programs. Dr. Roger Johnson, Vice President of General Education, and Angie Caldwell, Vice President of Technical Education, drew the winners from a hat.
Woodson will graduate this week with an AA in Gen Ed degree, and Grice graduated in December with a degree in Tech Ed. Both students received honorary certificates at the student recognition ceremony held April 17. They will join Baltz and many other students and staff on the trip to D.C., May 12 through 15, traveling by way of charter bus.
The trip will feature many sights in Washington D.C., including most of the presidential memorials and war memorials, the U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mount Vernon, the National Cathedral, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. The value of each student’s trip is approximately $900, half of which will be provided by BRTC’s Student Government Association (SGA). SGA will cover the total cost of the trip for both Woodson and Grice.
Says Baltz of this project, “Many years ago, Steve Manley gave away a free car as a prize to one BRTC graduate every May. I thought it would be good to have something for graduates again. After I suggested this idea to Dr. Hatcher, he suggested we needed two winners instead of one, covering both the General Education and Technical Education divisions of our college. Along with that, it was suggested that SGA would pay a portion for up to 30 students to go on the trip as well.”
According to Baltz, all seats on the bus have been filled.