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News at Brookhaven College

For Immediate Release

1. Brookhaven College Head Start Center
April, 2006
The National Head Start Association approved the building of a $3 million facility as a model pre-school and the first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation collaboration between a community college, Brookhaven College, and a local organization, HEAD START of Greater Dallas, Inc. The facility was opened April 3, 2006, by Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor, Dallas County Community District; Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, then-president, Brookhaven College; Brett Kirstein, president, Head Start of Greater Dallas Board; and, Wanda J. Smith, chief executive officer, Head Start of Greater Dallas. The center accommodates 152 students and serves as the learning laboratory for the Brookhaven College Child Development Program. Parents with children enrolled in the center receive scholarships and special assistance to attend Brookhaven College while their children remain safely in the pre-school.

2. Service-Learning
Brookhaven College was recognized as a recipient of the 2007 and 2008 President’s Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to “innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs.” The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award, given each year to only a handful of institutions, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The college’s application highlighted many of the college’s community programs, including Democracy in Action, International Conversation Partners, Brookhaven Counts, Brookhaven Reads and Service Matters. The programs involve hundreds of students and employees from the college’s social science, communications, mathematics and world languages departments and special services staff. The honor roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

3. Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute
In 1999, Ellison Miles, wildcatter in the oil and gas business and philanthropist (1918-2004), donated $3.5 million for the funding of an institute at Brookhaven College to promote and provide geoscience and related technical education. The Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute opened in 2001 to provide professional development for users of geotechnology; instruction, materials and resources for teachers and students; interaction with and among the geoscience community; and exposure to career opportunities. Through the EMGI, the college is meeting community and industry needs for the skills of qualified technicians, engaging the iPod generation and infusing the technology in traditional disciplines. Brookhaven College offers an associate in applied science degree in geographic information systems technology and a certificate program for a GIS technician in a state-of-the art facility and works with an advisory council comprised of industry professionals in the geosciences.

In August, 2008, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Associate of Applied Science at Brookhaven College received program recognition from the Texas Skills Standards Board, TSSB. The programs were recognized as being integrated with the industry-defined GIS technician skill standards. Program recognition from the TSSB acknowledges that the program curriculum is integrated with the industry-defined skills necessary for graduates to become GIS technicians. The skills standards enhanced program benefits both employers, who gain a better-qualified workforce, and students, who graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge that employers want. J. Scott Sires, GIS professor, was presented with a framed certificate at the opening session of the Texas Council of College Instructional Leaders conducted Oct. 1, in Austin by Wayne Oswald, TSSB chairman.

4. Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count
As a participating college in the national program called Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count for the sixth consecutive year in 2009-10, Brookhaven College's goal to improve student success rates, especially for low-income students and students of color, has continuously improved. The 2004-2005 baseline cohort of 7,137 students saw an increase of remedial course completion by 5.01 percent with Hispanic students realizing a 5.24 increase and African-American students increasing completions by 1.94 percent. Total course completions also realized slight gains by 3.91 percent of 58,450 courses with Hispanic student completions increasing by 3.82 percent and African-American students increasing by 3.1 percent. In 2007-2008, 55 percent of students taking courses in development studies successfully completed their courses, an improvement of 10 percent over 2005-2006 completions.

5. Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Early College High School at Brookhaven College
The Early College High School at Brookhaven College is a school of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District that is located at the college's main campus. As an educational choice, the ECHS is open to students who reside in the C-FB district and are entering the ninth grade. For the 2006-2007 school year, 90 students were recruited from four middle schools. The ECHS has the capacity to grow a grade each year until it becomes a four-grade school with up to 400 students. The first class will graduate in 2010. The ECHS is a part of the Texas High School Project, a $251 million public-private initiative that is committed to increasing graduation rates and college enrollment rates in Texas communities. THSP partners include the Texas Education Agency, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Wallace Foundation, educators and others. The governor of Texas strongly supports the program. Through the THSP, the ECHS is designed to enable students to achieve two years of college credit at the same time they are earning a high school diploma and within four to five years of entering ninth grade. Additionally, this boosts graduation rates and increases the number of Texas high school students prepared for post secondary success.

6. MetLife Home Health Care Grant
Brookhaven College has been selected to receive a MetLife Home Health Care Grant. The grant totaling $25,000 will create and enhance the Workforce and Continuing Education Division’s health care training program. A team of employees from several departments at the college worked together to develop this grant. The grant will support new courses, beginning winter 2008 or spring 2009, that will train students in home health care and hospice services as part of a certification program. An additional component of the grant program will offer training to care-givers in conjunction with local faith-based organizations.

7. Volleyball Champions
November 17, 2008
The Brookhaven College Lady Bears, under the leadership of Coach Jason Hopkins, became national champions for the third time. The volleyball team defeated the number three-ranked Ridgewater College Warriors in the championship match on November 15th to become the 2008 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Volleyball Champions (NJCAA). Callie Martin, setter; Stephanie Sanderson, opposite; and Katie Schlup, outside, were selected for the All-Tournament Team and Brooke Shelton garnered the tournament’s top honor as Most Valuable Player. Coach Hopkins was named as the 2008 NJCAA Division III Heidi Hutchinson Coach of the Year, as well as the Division III, Region V Coach of the Year. The Lady Bears have been at the national tournament for five consecutive years, winning the championship in 2004 and 2005, taking third place in 2006 and fourth place last year. The 2008 NJCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament was conducted November 14th-15th at the University Center Rochester-Sports Center in Rochester, Minn.

8. Allied Health Programs
The October, 2008, results from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic (NREMT-P) exam indicated outstanding results for Brookhaven College students. The latest group to complete the paramedic courses at Brookhaven College had a perfect pass rate on the NREMT-P exam. Each of the students passed the exam, which meets national requirements for training, on his or her first attempt.

In August, 2007, Brookhaven College and R. L. Turner High School entered into a contract together to have the college's Emergency Medical Technician, Basic Level, Certification Program taught at the high school. Eight students have passed the National Registry Exam and earned certification in basic geriatric emergency services, pediatric education for prehospital professionals, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services as an EMT-B. Eleven students completed the program in 2007, 19 others entered in the fall, 2008, and three have transferred to Brookhaven College for higher-level training in paramedicine.

In February, 2007, Texas Department of State Health Services, an agency of the Texas Health and Human Services System, awarded Brookhaven College four-year approval for its Emergency Medical Services Program. Brookhaven College ’s Health and Human Services Division offers certificates in EMT-Basic, Level 1 and EMT-Paramedic, Level 1, and an Associate in Applied Science in paramedicine.

The November, 2008, report from the Board of Nurse Examiners lauded the excellent training and education from the Brookhaven College Nursing Program. From July 1st to September 30th, all 20 of the college’s nursing students who took the NCLEX-RN exam passed. The program continues to maintain its 100 percent pass rate, since its beginning in 2004.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded Brookhaven College $194,860.47 as part of the state’s Nursing Shortage Reduction Program. The award recognizes the increased number of nursing graduates. The associate degree program had an additional 39 graduates last year, increasing graduates from 29 in 2006-2007 to 68 in 2007-2008 the third largest increase in the state among the 32 community colleges who qualified for an award. Juanita Zapata Flint, Ph.D., executive dean of the health and human services division, received the notification from the state. The program stipulates that the funds can be used only to create additional nursing faculty positions, provide temporary salary supplements for professional nursing faculty and engage qualified preceptors to expand faculty capacity.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) selected Carl Hamm, a Brookhaven College graduate from the Radiologic Science Program, as the first R.T. Hero (Rad Tech). The ASRT asked managers for nominations “of those on their staff who had made a difference to a patient, their place of work or their community.” Hamm, who currently works at Mary Shiels Hospital in Dallas, was nominated by his supervisor because of his positive attitude, work ethic and excellent service to physicians and patients. The magazine will continue to highlight individuals each fall in recognition of national Radiologic Technology Week.

A letter from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) addressed to Juanita Zapata Flint, Ph.D., executive dean for health and human services, announced that the committee has accredited Brookhaven College’s Radiologic Technology Program for three years, the most time allowed for a new program. The JRCERT, based in Chicago, Ill., is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of programs in radiology technology. The Radiologic Technology Program is headed by Professor Christi Carter, MSRS, RT(R), who recently gave a presentation to radio logic technologists in Bryan, Texas, on October 25th. M. Elia “Smily” Flores, program director for the Blinn College Radiologic Technology Program, invited Carter to speak at Blinn’s annual continuing education seminar. Carter’s topic was titled “Child Abuse and Neglect: The Role of Radiology.” Technologists at local hospitals also took part in the event. Carter has spoken on two other occasions at Blinn College for their Radiology Educator’s Seminar.

9. Renovation of the TreeTop Café as a Retention Initiative
Completion in March, 2008, of the renovation of Brookhaven College's cafeteria, known as the TreeTop Café, transformed the 12-year-old food services seating area in the Student Services Center from a dull, common space to a beautiful, functional and aesthetic environment that provides an atmosphere for student interaction, collaborative learning and an Internet cafe. The space has three comfortable seating areas with sofas, upholstered chairs, tables and chairs as well as booth seating, creating an environment that is welcoming, functional and sophisticated. The space features eight monitors with access to the Internet, as well as wireless access and electrical outlets for students to access the Internet using their own laptops. In addition, having SUBWAY Restaurant as the food service contractor provides the campus with healthy food choices on a consistent basis. The renovated space adds value to the campus by creating an area that will ultimately support student retention. The renovation of the cafeteria area was a collaboration with a contracted interior design company, district facilities, and campus personnel. The final design was based on input from the campus community, including students, staff and faculty. The space’s colorful flooring and ceiling clouds, towers, bulkhead seating, window tint and live foliage provides a much needed gathering and meeting space that the campus lacked. The TreeTop Café has become a place of destination for students and staff and holds promise as a contributor to student retention.

10. Brookhaven College School of the Arts
Brookhaven College's School of the Arts (BCSA) provides an educational environment where students, faculty, staff and community members can learn, teach, imagine, create and play at the highest level. Brookhaven College’s School of the Arts combines a comprehensive arts curriculum with extraordinary performing and exhibition opportunities. With a vision of being the “framework of possibility,” BCSA faculty and staff invite you to explore your creativity as a student or a spectator. Areas of opportunity include art, dance, drama, music, humanities and cultural studies. Students of BCSA benefit from a well defined and focused curriculum resulting in associate degrees with majors and minors in art, dance, drama, humanities and a field-of-study degree in music. Lifelong learners taking non-credit courses through the Arts Academy enjoy the same instructional opportunities and quality afforded to credit students. The Arts Academy offers courses for all ages including babies, children, teenagers and adults. School of the Arts serves as the venue for Brookhaven College’s presentations of student performers, nationally and internationally known performers, visual artists and artists-in-residence. The Recital Series and juried art shows also are components of the School of the Arts.



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