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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Nov. 5

Current and former athletes from Brookhaven College participated in the kick-off of the “Marathon Kids” program on October 30th. More than 1,000 elementary age children ran the first .2 miles of a full 26.2-mile marathon they will complete throughout the year. After the runners completed their lap and a half, the college Bears’ basketball players Chris Johnson, Tommy Lloyd, Alec Heffler, Rickey Pegues, Jermias Sawyer and Raimon Gates, along with former players Demonea Young and Jon Smith, signed autographs for the children. The kick-off at Loos Field this year is just the beginning for this program designed to promote fitness and wellness in elementary age children. “The event was a great way to show the college actively participating in the community as well as providing role models for younger children,” said Kevin Hurst, basketball coach. He encouraged his fellow employees to thank these students for representing both the school and themselves exceptionally well.

Brookhaven College in partnership with Essilor of America, Inc. was awarded $280,161 by the Texas Workforce Commission on November 4th. Andres Alcantar, commissioner representing the public, presented the Skills Development Fund (SDF) Grant check to the college. Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president, welcomed the commissioner, and both he and Vernon Hawkins, associate vice president for workforce training and continuing education, shared details of the grant and the college’s history of earning these SDF grants. This grant will provide almost 30,000 hours of skills training for 1,265 existing employees and 100 projected new employees in positions including accountants, business analysts, sales representatives, and engineers and managers in the ophthalmic industry. Essilor is the leading manufacturer and wholesale distributor of optical lenses in the United States. This grant will allow its employees to increase their training and earn professional certifications to increase their potential for promotions and other career growth.

Members of the outreach office spent two hours in interviews with representatives from the National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR) at Brookhaven College on November 3rd. They met to discuss what the college is doing in high school partnerships. The NCPR is gathering information as part of a research grant that focuses on the effectiveness of programs designed to help students make the transition to college and master the basic skills needed to advance to a degree. Jean Kaplan, Monica Pauken, Greg Rife, Daffne Bennett, and Suzette Vaquera-Constantine of the outreach office, along with Marilyn Kolesar-Lynch, associate vice president for career and program resources, shared information about the college’s partnerships with local nonprofit agencies and area schools at all levels. The college works with elementary schools to bring fifth grade students to tour the campus, with middle schools to arrange talks with parent groups and at career/college days, and with high schools offering services, such as Accuplacer testing and financial aid consulting at their schools. Partnering with local nonprofits, the college also coordinates programs that involve parents and provides information about the college admissions process.

Thousands are camping on the campus at Brookhaven College for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure, November 5-7. Last year, more than 3,300 walkers, crewmembers and volunteers called the campus home for the duration of the walk; they ate, slept, bathed, stretched and celebrated on the college grounds. Again this year, students and employee volunteers are helping to set up tents, carry luggage and clear tables. In addition, several students are assisting with stretching exercises and both employee and student groups are providing entertainment. Both Friday and Saturday, the college will be cheering on the walkers at the edge of the campus grounds as they finish their daily walk.

The senior class of the Early College High School at Brookhaven College had a garage sale on October 23rd. With donations from students, family and other supporters, the seniors spent five hours one Saturday morning selling to raise money for their senior prom this spring. Through their efforts, the seniors raised more than $800. Aimee Rosier, senior sponsor and speech teacher, helped the students bring in donations.



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