Release Date Sept. 29
Brookhaven College welcomed more than 50 companies offering opportunities for students and community members to speak directly with employers who are looking for workers. This year’s fall career fair, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., was conducted in the Student Services Center. Employers included banks, hotels and resorts, financial services, retail, insurance, government and technical companies. With the large number of employers who attended, potential job openings were available at national and local businesses, large and small. Attendees included businesses such as Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, Dallas Plumbers and Pipefitters, MBNA America, FedEx Express, The Container Store and Parkland Hospital , Dallas Police Department and military recruiters. In addition to two semi-annual career fairs, Brookhaven College’s Career Development Center offers individual counseling, mock interviews, career testing and job-search assistance.
Ten Brookhaven College athletes participated in the kickoff of the Marathon Kids Program on September 20th at Loos Field from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Marathon Kids® is a free, 12-year-old, trademarked, incremental, school- and community-based fitness program designed to promote fitness and wellness in elementary age children. More than 1,000 elementary age children were there to run the first 0.2 miles of the 26.2-mile marathon that the children will complete this school year. Several Brookhaven College Bears, including soccer players Kayla Koenig, Melissa Markham and Susan Baldwin, and along with Bears’ basketball players Brandon O’Bryant, Joe Wilson, Lance Johnson, Nosa Amadasun, Craigory Christopher, Julian Criss and Brad Fields to sign autographs and encourage the children. The event was a great place for Brookhaven College students to interact with members of the community while providing good role models for young children.
Carla Peacock, assistant director of human resources, earned recognition for her hard work for the fiscal 2007-2008 school year. She is the only human resources employee in the district whose insurance work was 100 percent accurate with state records. With her perfect record, Carla’s work resulted in zero dollars in administrative adjustments for the college.
Sandy Wyche, executive dean of Business Studies, was invited to speak to E. D. Walker Middle School students for their career day on September 25th. He talked to almost 100 eighth grade students about his work in the educational sector, the importance of education and good work habits in building a career, and the opportunities available to students at community colleges. Mr. Wyche shared his personal experience of growing up on a farm and how staying focused on his education helped him to pursue careers with Southwestern Bell and AT&T, before becoming a mathematics teacher.
High school teachers and college professors from the Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College and Brookhaven College facilitated breakout sessions September 20th at the ECHS Partners Conference sponsored by the North Texas Early College High School Initiative. The conference, titled “Failure Is Not An Option©,” featured keynote speaker Dr. Ernest Morell of the HOPE Foundation. Dr. Morrell is an associate professor in the Urban Schooling Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. The keynote speech was followed by breakout sessions focusing on subject matter areas. Teams of facilitators included Jeanine Powell, ECHS teacher, and Nimmy Nair, professor of English, for the English Language Arts breakout session; Debbie Hanus, professor of mathematics, for the Mathematics, Business and Computer Science breakout session; and Marilyn Lynch, associate vice president, career and program resources, for counselors and dual credit coordinators. Participants in the conference also included Patti Burks, professor of computer information technology, Sandy Wyche, executive dean, Business Studies Division, and ECHS teachers Louis Harvill, Joseph Kruk, Wendy Minjares, Lottie Peppers, Gary Ruther, Cecilia Serrano, counselor Pam Geisinger-Sandy, and Principal Adriana Gomez.
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