Release Date Sept. 14
Staff members of the newly re-named Student Life Office hosted the college’s “Welcome Back” party on September 10th. This year, the party kept the Commons Courtyard full of music, food and fun with a Caribbean percussion band and dancers. Students were able to learn more about college activities at various tables featuring clubs and organizations. For fun, participants also could sit for a caricature drawing, an airbrush tattoo or a photograph. The event was coordinated by Joy Arndt and Yasaman Contractor.
Brookhaven College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program at Brookhaven and Mountain View colleges will benefit from an award of $100,000 from the Texas legislature through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The money is part of the Professional Nursing Shortage Reduction Program (PNSRP). Signed on August 26, 2009, House Bill 4471 improves the PNSRP, which was established in 2001, to help stem the shortage of nurses in Texas by rewarding high-performing nursing programs with up-front money to hire additional faculty. The bill also holds nursing programs accountable by creating a new incentive for schools to admit and graduate more nurses. The amount of money given to each school was based on the number of additional students it would take to reach the legislature’s goal of a 12 percent enrollment increase in first-year registered nurse programs. The state money is earmarked for hiring additional faculty and clinical lab staff to teach the increased student load, for retention staff to help keep nursing students in school, and for certain types of supplementary teaching and lab equipment. Despite gains, Texas nursing schools will not produce a sufficient number of nurses to meet the health care needs of Texans through 2020, according to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies.
Brookhaven College welcomed more than 35 companies offering opportunities for students and community members to speak directly with employers who are looking for employees. This year’s fall career fair, coordinated by Angela Shoultz and Robin Washington-White, on September 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., was conducted in the student services center. Employers included banks, hotels and resorts, financial services, retail, insurance, and government and technical companies. With the large number of employers in attendance, potential job openings were available at national and local businesses, large and small. In addition to two semi-annual career fairs, the college’s Career Development Center offers individual counseling, mock interviews, career testing, and job-search assistance.
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