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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Feb. 2

The Texas Workforce Commission will present a $218,999 grant to Brookhaven College to provide training for Air System Components, Inc. (ASC), a Richardson-based market-leading supplier of heating, air conditioning and ventilation system components for commercial and residential applications. The grant will enable ASC to upgrade employee computer skills, deliver HVAC industry-specific training, develop current and future managers, and improve job related skills for employees. With this grant, the college will have received 13 Skills Development Fund grants since 1996, and significantly contributed to the economic development of North Texas.

Richard McCrary, executive vice president and chief instructional officer; Rodger Bennett, interim vice president of instruction; Marilyn Lynch, associate vice president of program resources; Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president of workforce and continuing education; Sandy Wyche, executive dean, Business Studies; Monica Taliaferro, director, Marketing and Public Information; Sylvia Wise and Cheryl Parker, coordinators for workforce and continuing education; and Vanessa Tapia, president of Brookhaven College Student Government Association, represented the college at a banquet honoring John Reap, president of Town North Bank. The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce had the banquet on January 30th at the Double Tree Hotel. Town North Bank has been a long-time friend of the college, underwriting the college’s annual student recognition event, offering student scholarships and supporting other college events.

Success Coaching (SC) at Brookhaven College had its spring kick-off event January 30th to invite first-time-in-college students to take part in the program. Dozens of new students attended the lunch and information session which introduced them to the coaches and others already participating in the program. SC partners new students with college employees in small interest groups to support student persistence, engagement and success. Beth Nikopolous, director of tutorial services, coordinated the event. There are five groups meeting currently with interests ranging from sports to art and business. SC is supported by funds from the Achieving the Dream grant.

Brookhaven College came together to celebrate the spring semester with the annual Emerald Awards on January 30th. Employee award winners are recognized at the event along with those who have worked at the college for five, 10, 15, 20 years and more. Stephanie Sarles, manager of public information and technologic communications, was recognized as the Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year and Juantia Beck, advisor, was recognized as Part-time Employee of the Year. John Neal was recognized as Piper Professor and Carmin Scroggins was acknowledged as the Adjunct Instructor of the Year. Rodger Bennett was honored as Innovator of the Year and Carrie Schweitzer was recognized as the Administrator of the Year. The Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award went to Margaret Vitovsky, testing assistant. Hildaci Murray and Carmen Clausse were honored at the Adjunct Award Reception on January 15th.



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