FCCT Wrap-Up: To Connellsville and Beyond

My experience interning with the Fayette County Cultural Trust has been most fruitful, and I accomplished more than I could have imagined while also taking on a load of 18-credits. I managed my time and completed various projects in timely and organized fashions. A list of the projects I worked on and completed is:  Created…

FCCT Internship: Current and Next Steps

The first half of my internship with the Fayette County Cultural Trust has been enjoyable. It offers me a different type of work compared to my other projects. I’m embedded within the community with the Trust, researching and planning for real-life scenarios that will eventually impact peoples’ lives. Instead of looking at how the past…

Internship with the Fayette County Cultural Trust: Intro

Hello everyone! I am Jenna Vangellow, a senior studying Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and pursuing the Sustainability and Global Health certificates here at Pitt. This semester, I am participating in an internship with the Fayette County Cultural Trust. This is a continuation of my work with the Appalachian Teaching Project from last semester (you…

FCCT Internship: Taking Initiative and Producing Work

Hello. I am Edwin Coffman, senior Political Science and English Literature double-major at the University of Pittsburgh, and I am interning for the Fayette County Cultural Trust (FCCT). The FCCT aims to revitalize the area by recognizing preestablished and natural assets and creating partnerships with local individuals.  I’m working alongside two other interns, and we’re…

Semester wraps up: thoughts on the ATP in Fayette County

All of our hard work this semester has been nicely organized into two through presentations, which we have tailored for our specific audiences. The presentation created for Connellsville formally introduces the Appalachian Teaching Project to the community and details our work from this semester. The Pitt branch of the ATP will hopefully be in a…

ATP: Chapter 1

Although my time working with the Pitt Appalachian Teaching Project team has come to an end, the work of the ATP itself is poised to continue for years to come. This has been perhaps the most rewarding aspect of our work–knowing that we have laid the groundwork for future groups to build off of and…

End of Semester Reflection: ATP Experience

The final deliverables our ATP team of 10 students and 5 faculty created were 2 thorough presentations and an asset map with corresponding data definitions. We worked extensively this semester to collect background research about Fayette County and Connellsville, but more specifically the assets that exist in the county and communities. We hope these deliverables…

ATP Semester Recap!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the blog; today’s post is a wrap up of the semester. This was an incredibly valuable learning experience and one that I will remember for a long time. The deliverables that our team created consisted of several recommendations to the Connellsville community as well as suggestions for future groups working…

ATP Reflection: Final Blog

Now that the semester and the first Pitt Appalachian Teaching Project class has ended, the time has come to reflect on some of the hard work produced by our team. To begin, our team created a handful of valuable deliverables to pass on the Fayette County community such as an asset map, recorded interviews, and…

ATP Reflection: Find What You Love.

The first installation of the Appalachian Teaching Project has reached its conclusion at Pitt. In the end, our group met our primary goal! We created a working asset map to fuel and encourage further community development work in Connellsville and the larger Fayette county area. We made a series of deliverables—specific presentations, data tables, and…