Science instructors at East Mississippi Community College are excited about the new start of the new school year after having a classroom face lift.
“We’re basically giving students an opportunity to have a better learning environment. Before this lab was remodeled, we had dilapidated tables, we had sinks that didn’t work, we had things that needed improvement. Now as you can look around the room, they have workstations. They’re comfortable, they’re spaced out, they have individual sinks,” said Jairus Johnson, EMCC instructor.
The remodeling took nearly a year to complete and professors at EMCC made the best of what they already had.
“We’re very resilient, we know how to do a lot with a little. Even with the few dilapidated tables and equipment that we had; we were still able to do a lot as far as student learning. We learned how to do a lot with just a little,” said Jairus Johnson, EMCC instructor.
The classroom renovation features innovative technology that will prepare students for the real world.
“Behind me we have a fume hood that captures some of the fumes that comes from the materials we use in lab. You have a smartboard behind you that can capture things such as microscopes slides. It captures the lecture materials that you see up there. It also allows me to provide that information to students outside of class,” said Jairus Johnson, EMCC instructor.
The classroom will be used for many subjects taught and will serve the students and instructors well.
“A & P 1 and 2 is going to be taught here. As you look around the room you’ll see all the skeletons and mannequins," said Jairus Johnson, EMCC instructor.