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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date June 4

Brookhaven College served as the site of commencement ceremonies for 20 students graduating June 2 from the Dallas Can! Academy Carrollton/Farmers Branch. Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president for career resources and program development, who oversees the college's Institutional Outreach Office, coordinated the event to take place at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. The mission of the academy is to provide a second chance for at-risk youth and their families to achieve economic independence and hope for a better life through relationship-based education and training. Melissa Groetsch is the principal of the Carrollton/Farmers Branch academy.

In the midst of summer registration, students and community members were drawn to the Brookhaven College Student Services Center on June 3rd by the third annual Hip Hop for HIV campaign to "Know Your Status." The college served again this year as one of 16 area sites for HIV and AIDS testing in the statewide initiative to raise awareness and teach prevention. Those tested received on-site medical counseling and one free ticket to a hip hop concert scheduled for June 20th at the Palladium Ballroom at 1135 South Lamar in Dallas. Including the Dallas County Community College District as a sponsor of the campaign, others are Rickey Smiley, host of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show on KBFB 97.9-FM radio, Dwaine R. Caraway, Dallas mayor pro tem, Radio Station KBFB 97.9 "The Beat," City of Dallas and the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Clinic. The concert will feature major hip-hop artists Omarion, Marques Houston, Roscoe Dash and Dorrough. In addition to Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley and Richland colleges also are testing sites this year.

JE Dunn Construction earned a TEXO 2010 Merit Award for its construction of Brookhaven College's Science and Allied Health Building. The award recognizes merit in commercial/educational construction costing between $30 and $75 million. TEXO is the largest commercial contractors' association in Texas and one of the largest affiliated with the national Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) and The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The award included mention of the building's smart classrooms, science laboratories, offices and common areas as well as state-of the-art training facilities for students taking classes in biology, chemistry, emergency medical services, nursing and radiologic technology. JE Dunn Construction Group is the 10th-largest general building contractor in the United States with offices in 18 locations.



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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

Brookhaven College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate's degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brookhaven College.

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