Affiliate Member Institution Green River Community College
Green River Community College
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Green River Community College was chosen by the AAPT SpinUp project as one of ten exemplary physics programs at a two year college. GRCC was chosen by the National Science Foundations as one of ten exemplary teacher preparation programs at a two year college. GRCC is the only college on both lists. Still, GRCC's success in the way of teacher preparation has been largely in the training of elementary teachers. Anecdotally we know that a disproportionately high number of our graduates do go on to become secondary physics teachers, this amounts to maybe one student per year and we have no official means of tracking them. Although it has always been important to those who teach physics at GRCC, PTEC is a formal recognition of the importance of training K12 physics teachers at our college. In 2012 GRCC will begin an undergraduate research program designed to give community college students and future science teachers experience in a university-affiliated science lab.