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JCC instructor receives grant

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SMITHFIELD — Tiffany Ruiz, who teaches medical office administration at Johnston Community College, has received a classroom technology grant from Wake Electric Membership Corp.

The $1,065 grant will support the purchase of a smart, 180-degree plug-and-play Jabra PanaCast camera, which will allow online students to virtually join seat classes at least once a week.

“Online and seated students will be able to learn from each other in a classroom environment, which is often lost on students who only take online courses,” said Ruiz. “The Jabra PanaCast camera will allow for students to get the same learning experience whether they join during class where they can ask questions live or watch the posted cast from earlier that day. This will help us support students in new and diverse ways.”

Ruiz was one of nine teachers in North Carolina and the only one from a community college to receive funding for the 2019-20 academic year. The grant is available to North Carolina public school teachers and community colleges instructors.

Funds for the classroom technology grants come from Wake Electric Membership Corp. members who agree to round up their electric bill to the nearest whole dollar through the Operation RoundUp program.

Wake Electric is a nonprofit electric utility serving more than 46,900 consumers in parts of Wake, Johnston, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Nash and Vance counties.