Release Date April 21, 2008
Julie Hanson, school alliances coordinator, arranged an engaging program about college for forty (40) Cary Middle School AVID students who visited Brookhaven College on April 11th. AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and is an in-school academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success. Three current Brookhaven College students, Cynthia Cortez, Samantha Nichols, Pamela Law, and Melanie Gamble, college staff member, shared their inspiring life stories and reasons for going to college with the middle school students. Suzette Constantine and Monica Pauken, took the students on a tour, and Beth Nikopoulos, director for Center for Independent Study, facilitated a team-building exercise. Angela Shoultz, career planning and placement specialist, and Jay Fraser, senior placement specialist, presented a career exercise for the students.
The Texas Workforce Commission, through its Skills Development Fund program, awarded Brookhaven College a grant to train current employees and new hires at Authentix, Inc., a Town of Addison-based company. The company uses nanotechnology, a field of applied science whose unifying theme is the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale, to conduct product-tracking, counterfeit detection and brand security. Authentix works with several governments in producing methods to detect counterfeit currency and track products through the production line. The grant is for $80,389 and will provide specialized training to 48 trainees at Authentix. The training will be conducted at the plant site in Addison over the next 12 months.
Rodger Bennett, executive dean of the School of the Arts, Physical Education, Athletics and Nutrition, presented at the 2008 Chair Academy Conference in Denver, April 1-4. The focus of Rodger’s presentation, Creating an Exceptional Teaching and Learning Environment, was on how to create inclusive, measurable and sustainable continuous improvement initiatives in the teaching and learning environment. There were 50 people who attended the session. He also will make this presentation at the NISOD conference in May.
From building fences to digging ditches, college employees and students worked this past weekend to help a few Carrollton and Farmers Branch senior citizens to have safer, cleaner yards. On April 12th, six teams traveled to different homes in the college’s service-area to complete a variety of work at private homes, some of which have been cited by the city for clean up. Members of the Hispanic Heritage Club and Society of Advancement of Management each took on a project and the four other teams were made up of employees and students from the Brookhaven College Early College High School. The All-College Community Service committee’s project was part of the Group Home Repair Program in partnership with Senior Adult Services, which is a MetroCrest Social Services agency. Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, president, worked on the team headed by Dr. Nita Drescher, professor of developmental writing. Dr. Aaron Ostrom served as the primary coordinator of this community service day.
More than one-third, 27 of the 72 Brookhaven College Early College High School rising juniors, have registered for music and art appreciation courses for summer terms one and two. Prior to this summer, students successfully completed dual credit courses enrolled in “ECHS only” sections. These summer experiences will be their first opportunity to be integrated into courses within the general summer schedule in pursuit of their “core completion” goals with students who are not in high school.
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