Wheeling Jesuit’s Challenger Center Receives Two Awards from National Headquarters

  WJU Communications
  Monday, September 4, 2017 12:53 PM
  WU News

Wheeling, WV

WHEELING, W.Va., Sept. 4, 2017 --  The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) at Wheeling Jesuit University once again has received national recognition for being one of the busiest CLC’s in the United States.

During the annual conference Challenger Center for Space Science Conference in Washington, D.C. in August, the Challenger Learning Center was recognized by the national organization for training the most teachers of any CLC Center located on a university of college campus, as well as having a 10 percent increase in missions flown.

“This is a great achievement for our CLC,” said Jackie Shia, director of Wheeling Jesuit’s Challenger Learning Center. “We take great pride in the programs that we clc-web.jpgoffer both onsite and through our distance learning programs, and these awards show that we are impacting teachers and students in this region.”

During the Conference, Shia and Assistant Director, Lori Kudlak, were on hand to accept the awards from Lance Bush, president of the Challenger Center for Space Science and June Scobee Rogers, whose husband was the pilot on the ill-fated Challenger flight.

The CLC has a history of being recognized by Challenger headquarters. In 2015, the Center was recognized with an Achievement Award, Most Students Flown Award and Most Participants in Distance Learning Programs. In 2014, the CLC was given the Sustainability Award, which was recognition of exceptional programming that enhanced the sustainability of the Center for the development of a new e-Lab Jr distance learning program.

The Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling opened in 1994 and is one of 48 centers worldwide. Since its founding, the Center has reached more than 350,000 students and adult learners. Each year, more than 30,000 students fly missions either on site in Wheeling or via videoconferencing through the e-Mission™ programs and eLab programs.

In addition, the CLC offers e-Lab and e-Lab Jr., programs for grades K-12 that offer virtual and interactive lessons in various science subjects, such as physical science, chemistry, life science and Earth science that include a one-hour live video conference event.

Also offered at Wheeling Jesuit’s CLC is e-Tech Teach, which strives to educate teachers on the flipped learning approach and how to effectively use technology in their instruction; to go beyond the walls of a traditional classroom and create student-centered lessons aligned with the national standards as well as 21st Century skills.


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