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At the Community College of Philadelphia, campuses are closed through at least May 6, and all spring semester courses will be online. Putting lectures online isn’t a big concern, said Theresa Grady, who directs the school’s dental hygiene program. The problem is the required clinical practice. Even 20 years from now, applied dental hygiene won’t be taught virtually, Grady said. “You need to see different patients’ mouths, the anatomy of the mouth,” she added. “Virtually you’re not going to learn how to deal with a difficult patient.” A student in a nurse assistant vocational tech program near Atlanta takes part in an exercise for class. With colleges closed, students in nursing and other medical fields are being left without opportunities to acquire clinical experience and credits. Credit: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report Grady said her plan for now is to add extra clinics once campus reopens, even if that...

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Faculty member, Debonair Oates-Primus, was recently selected as student commencement speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s December 14 graduate commencement ceremony. She will receive her doctoral degree in Literature and Criticism. Oates-Primus began teaching English at the College 11 years ago. Since then, she has helped to create the Diversity Certificate Program and played an integral role in the development of the new Black Studies major. She has also published her short stories in several magazines and journals. In an Interview with IUP News, Oate-Primus explained that she was motivated to “set an example of achievement” for her students of color. She believes “students need to see that people from their community can be successful even what they aren’t able to see it modeled around them.” Oates-Primus's graduation was celebrated by her students. She said when that when they found out she passed "Well, the students couldn’t wait. [She] walked into the classroom and they were all yelling congratulations and running up to hug [her]."