Area I Practicum Program holds closing ceremony for its second student class
On Camp Casey in Dongducheon Feb. 9, U.S. Army Garrison Area I holds a ceremonial luncheon to mark completion of the second class of its Practicum Experience Program, which it began a year ago in partnership with local Shinhan University.
The program affords college students the chance to gain experience in working on Area I camps under supervision and mentorship of garrison staff.
Of the three Shinhan students enrolled for the semester, two were assigned to the garrison’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, one to its Marketing department, another to its Army Community Service Division.
A third was assigned to the Public Affairs Office of the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-US Combined Division.
Semesters are six-months long and students earn college credit for participating.
A luncheon at Camp Casey’s Golf Course restaurant was preceded by formal remarks from two Area I senior leaders and a Shinhan University official.
Lt. Col. Bryan A. Jacobs, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, thanked the students for their efforts through the semester, and also thanked their family members. “Parents,” said Jacobs, “you should be proud. Thank you for sharing them with us for the last six months.” Jacobs said the students’ experience with the program would aid their future success.
Jacobs’ remarks were followed by those of Steven J. Ryan, Deputy to the Garrison Commander with USAG Area 1.
Ryan, who established the garrison’s Practicum Program last year, said that while the students were taught and mentored during the semester by members of the garrison, all considerably older than the students, the garrison members had themselves learned from the students.
A Shinhan University professor and vice dean, Lee Min-su, praised the students for completing the semester and said the university remains committed to taking part in the program.
During the luncheon each student was presented a certificate showing they’d completed the program.
Ryan said the garrison plans to eventually enlarge the program to include students from other universities.
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