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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date July 16, 2007

Brookhaven College will be the first to offer credit courses for a medical front office program. The THECB recently approved a skills merit award, consisting of five courses designed to prepare students for a career in a medical office. The new offering fits under the Business Office Systems and Support Program in the Business Studies Division. The award also represents a cooperation between the credit and noncredit programs allowing students to take the courses through either path. Sharon Burton, office technology professor, who also works in New Program Development at the college, coordinated the college's efforts to add this program with input and assistance from Pat Byars, office technology professor, and Susana Ruelas, team leader in continuing education.

The Savannah College of Art and Design recently approved two new articulation agreements with Brookhaven College’s School of the Arts. Both represent Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, one in illustration and the other in sequential art. Rick Maxwell, art professor, led the effort to add these agreements with SCAD. The faculty members at SCAD chose the School of the Arts in large part due to Maxwell’s work.

Julie Hanson, school alliance coordinator, spoke last week to students participating in the Communities in Schools Program at Irving High School. About half of the students are from the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, and all were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The nine students are taking part in the program that pays them a wage and support for transportation while they explore future career options rather than working in fast food restaurants or similar jobs. Hanson talked with the students about going to college, programs and opportunities at Brookhaven College. Communities In Schools, a national nonprofit organization, champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.

A new cultural arts series opened recently in Balch Springs, Texas, named for Dr. Larry “T-Byrd” Gordon, former adjunct professor at Brookhaven College. Dr. Gordon taught fine arts appreciation at the college for 11 years while maintaining an active career as a songwriter and performer. The Dr. Larry “T-Byrd” Gordon Cultural Arts Series is supported by the Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The opening exhibit features depression glass and will be on display at the Balch Springs Library-Learning Center through Aug. 30. The series kicked off with a performance by Tim Mank, native Texas songwriter and recognized in 2000 as the “Outstanding Rock Artist of the Year” at the L.A. Music Awards.





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