Release Date Feb. 1
On January 25th, Andres Alcantar, chair of the Texas Workforce Commission, was at Brookhaven College to make the official presentation of a Skills Development Fund grant of $373,985. The grant will fund training for a manufacturing consortium that includes Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.; Alexandria Acquisition Company, LLC; and Applegate EDM, Inc. More than 300 new and current employees will receive training that will help them start/grow with these companies. The Skills Development Fund supports customized training programs designed to add new jobs and improve job skills for incumbent workers. In the past three years, Brookhaven College has received approximately $1.5 million from the fund to provide training to local business partners.
Adjunct instructors, full-time professors and administrators came together on January 17th for Brookhaven College’s Adjunct Faculty Awards Reception to celebrate adjunct success and longevity. Awardees were recognized for 10, 20, 30 and more semesters of service at the college and the district. A number of awardees celebrated 70 or 80 semesters! David Newman was honored as the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty. Newman has been teaching at Brookhaven College for 32 years and is a practicing artist whose works are included in the Museum of Texas Tech University’s Artist Printmaker Research Collection. Rick Hidalgo was recognized as the Workforce and Continuing Education Instructor of the Year. He has logged more than 60 semesters as a Continuing Education instructor, first teaching Spanish and then, English for Speakers of Other Languages at corporate sites and on campus.
The Texas Skill Standards Board recently renewed its recognition of three programs at Brookhaven College for successfully integrating industry-standard skills into the curriculum. The Visual Communications Associate of Applied Science degree and the Web Design and Development Level II certificate were recognized for the integration of digital media and web development and administration skill standards. The Geographic Information Systems Technology Associate of Applied Science degree was also reaffirmed as meeting the skill standards for the GIS technician. The GIS degree first earned this recognition in 2008; the Visual Communications degree and Web Design certificate were first distinguished in 2009. All three programs were reaffirmed for an additional two years.The Enrollment Management Committee at Brookhaven College rolled out a new initiative during the final weeks of registration and first weeks of class this spring to help students start their semester with a clearer understanding of their professors’ expectations. From a survey of adjunct and full-time faculty taken in spring 2012, a top-10 list was developed with things professors wished their students knew about college the first days of class. This information was provided to students through a campaign called “From Day One.” From new student orientation to the classroom, the goal was for students to hear these reminders from several sources “From Day One.” Rodger Bennett, Brookhaven College vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Success, sent daily tips to instructors with suggestions for finding ways to remind and reinforce the importance of things like buying textbooks, reading the syllabus, participating in class and taking responsibility for success. Instructors have responded enthusiastically to the program, sending thank-yous and sharing that they “absolutely love this.”
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