Survey of Criminal Justice Students visit Barter Theater for “Thicker Than Water” production


On Sunday, September 22nd, the Survey of Criminal Justice Class was able to attend the Barter Production of “Thicker than Water”.  The play depicted the true story of Andrea Yates, portraying the various dates leading up to and following the drowning of her five children on June 20, 2001.  The play used real words from the court transcripts, police interviews, and media coverage surrounding this tragic and horrific event.  After having assignments on the insanity plea and this particular case, those attending were intrigued by the play, actors, and material presented. 

It was a great opportunity for all who attended!




 Student remarks:

I really enjoyed the play! The way the actress portrayed Andrea Yates was very
real. It made me feel like I was at the actual interrogation room. The way she
said 'yes' was exactly how crazy people really sound! When Andrea was drowning
the children she did it so calmly, and with no remorse which also added to the
feelings she was having. The little boy seemed like he was so innocent while he
was eating the cereal. The play was awesome and I really enjoyed it!!      -Caroline K.


I really enjoyed the play, I thought the acting was very professional. I am
glad that I got a chance to go see it with you and my fellow classmates.   -Derrick B.       


I thought that Thicker Than Water, although very sad, was very interesting and
provided good insight for a popular case. I have never saw a play or movie that
touched a subject like the case of Andrea Yates and I think the cast and
writers did an excellent job. The play made it possible to see all sides of the
story and left you wondering what really made Andrea kill her children and what
actions could have been taken to prevent it from happening.     -Heather W.


Thicker Than Water was an amazing play that really caught the details and
emotion that were probably more than likely. The actors and actresses were
beyond outstanding with their performance! The amount of information that the
performers learned to preform the play was unbeleivable. They really were
dedicated to making this play the best it could be.   -Christa R.


I enjoyed the play so much I have been trying to get my boyfriend to take me to
see Kiss Me Kate. The actors and actresses at Barter are amazing! The play was
a tear jerker the whole way through. I feel like the case was portrayed very
well and it was even more intriguing to learn that most of it was straight from
the interrogation room and actual quotes from the people going through it.    -Taylor B.









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During the 2012-2013 school year, Elite Learning students earned a total of 1524 college credits.  Not only is this a tremendous time saver for students who are getting a head start on their college education, it is a financial savings to families in our community.  There were 363 student enrollments in the previous school year.  The good news is that enrollment continues to increase.  As of October 4, 2013, there are over 600 student enrollments.  It is great to see more and more students taking advantage of the Elite Learning services.

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Elite Learning students Emma B. and Lauren Q. spoke at the SVETN Board of Directors Meeting held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.  Both students spoke about their positive learning experiences with Elite Learning.




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Business Students Attend Workshop Sponsored by People, Inc.

Students enrolled in Introduction to Business taught by Mrs. Sonia Vanhook met at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA on November 30, 2012 and participated in a business workshop sponsored by People, Incorporated.  The workshop presenter was Ms. Cindy Green.  Students found the workshop to be  most informative.

Kelsey S.

When I attended to workshop provided by People Inc. (building futures, realizing dreams) I learned a great amount about business. The workshop included the topics; why to have a business plan, how to finance your business, your customer service in your business, and how to promote your business through social media.   The speaker Cindy Green was very informative about how to keep great credit, and how important that is for our futures.  She also touched on social media and how far just a little can go online; Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.  Overall the entire workshop was fantastic.  I would like to attend the next one.



Charles B.

The workshop was extremely informative and was excellently presented. The workshop covered different types of businesses, how to start a business, and ways businesses fail. The presenter also covered People Incorporated, an organization dedicated to helping new small businesses get started. The presenter got everyone involved, which is a way of keeping the attention of the audience. Overall, this was an excellent workshop.


Destiny F.

I found the field trip I attended Friday to be very helpful and full of information. I learned a large sum of concepts dealing with business procedures and development. The workshop taught me that in Virginia it is highly possible to start a small business. We have organizations in our state that helps small business owners become successful. I really enjoyed the visit and was filled with useful knowledge about business.


Breanna L.

The workshop that I attended on Friday was very informative and educational to me in many ways. It really made me think about the business I chose to pursue for this class and I learned that there are many things to take into account before opening a business, such as if it is really something that people will buy if times got hard. I learned that the type of advertising I would do all depends on the trigger market I’m trying to reach. It also helped me to learn about the financial side of a business and how to work out the financial plan in a business plan if I did ever wish to start my own business. This workshop was definitely something that I would recommend to anyone who was starting a business because I learned so much from it myself.


Erika B.

On the field trip to Abingdon, we learned about the various types of management systems like sole proprietorships, partnerships, etc. and the pros/cons of each. Ms. Green discussed the social networking sites that could advertise our businesses for a fraction of paper costs. She also went into detail about customer service and how adequate service could always bring customers back. I think the most informative part was when she went over the projected balance sheets and the credit reports. Now that I’m 18, I can appreciate the value of a credit report and now I know how to file one correctly! I thought this was one of the most informative workshops that I’ve been to.


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SVETN Sponsors “Quality Matters in Teaching”  Workshop

On September 21, 2012, the Southwest Virginia Education and Training Network sponsored a workshop titled “Quality Matters in Teaching.”  Elite Learning instructors as well as selected professors from UVA-Wise were in attendance.  Charles Boling, the Coordinator
Library & Instructional Support Services for Virginia Highlands Community College, was the workshop presenter.  This workshop familiarized the instructors with standards necessary for building and evaluating the design of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses.  The primary objective was to utilize these standards to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes. This professional development was an effective way for instructors to perform a self-evaluation of their course design.  Elite Learning instructors ended the day by creating a personal plan of action, which they will use to make changes to their courses.

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