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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 5

Partners from Brookhaven College, the City of Farmers Branch, and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce traveled to Austin this week to attend the Skills Development Fund and Capacity Building Conference on September 28th. Sheila Brock, grants manager in workforce and continuing education, and Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources, were joined by John Land, economic development director for Farmers Branch, and Greg Vaughn, Metrocrest Chamber president. The conference, sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission, included presentations on the state of the economy and what it means for workforce development, as well as sessions focusing on partnerships for regional capacity building and enhancements to skills development fund program processes. In addition, there were workshops that offered regionally-focused, round table discussions to identify potential business training needs for skills development projects.

The latest edition of Scrubs Magazine features comments from Juanita Flint, executive dean of the health and human services division at Brookhaven College. “The Future of Nursing: NPs,” focuses on the role that nurse practitioners can play in health care. As a certified family nurse practitioner, Flint sees the role of nursing expanding in the future, as more and more states recognize the valuable role a nurse practitioner can play in providing health care for underserved areas. To read the full article, visit the magazine’s website at http://scrubsmag.com/2009/09/29/the-future-of-nursing-nps.

Brookhaven College has been selected as one of only eight institutions to receive a prestigious grant that will promote service learning and community engagement at the college. The grant is part of a $1.1 million initiative, “Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning,” sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges with funding from the Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The funds, $14,000 each year over the three year grant period, will support the development and enhancement of curriculum based service-learning initiatives. The college’s project will focus on the childhood obesity and nutrition issues exemplified in the “No Child Left Inside” national initiative. The Head Start Center at the college will be just one of the partner sites. Oscar Lopez, vice president for student services and enrollment management, will be the project director and Keshia Bruno-Garza, student services specialist, will serve as the project associate.

New supervisors at Brookhaven College started their year-long program in DCCCD 2010 Basic Leadership on September 24th and 25th. Yasaman Contractor, assistant director of student life; Meridith Danforth, assistant director of marketing and public information; and Scarlett Hill, English professor and lead faculty for Developmental Writing, were nominated to take part in the program, which accepts an administrator, faculty member and support staff member each year from each of the colleges. Throughout the year, the leadership class will complete individual and team projects to develop leadership skills as well as participate in a variety of programs focusing on the growth of current employees into future college leaders.

Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources and Early College High School (ECHS) at Brookhaven College liaison, was one of 10 individuals throughout the state invited to participate in a lessons learned focus group regarding early college on October 1st at the Communities Foundation of Texas. The goal of the session, sponsored by the Texas High School Project (THSP), is to collect, process, analyze and share the information gathered as part of the continuous improvement process for better planning of future initiatives, and to improve implementation of new initiatives included in THSP strategic directions.

Heriberto Godinez, a senior at the Brookhaven Early College High School (ECHS) was recently elected Historian of the Brookhaven College Student Government Association. Heriberto was assisted and supported by his ECHS classmates as he campaigned for this position, and members of the first-ever ECHS senior class learned much about participation in college student organizations in the process.




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