Release Date June 3
Seniors from R.L. Turner and W.T. White high schools, Mary Grimes Education Center, and TexansCAN! Academy came to Brookhaven College on May 19th to take the “next step” on their transition from high school to college. The outreach and advising offices, working with the counselors at each of the high schools, invited the seniors who had already been accepted to complete their orientation. In addition to the orientation, eight college students talked to the graduating seniors about what they could expect as college students. This was the first time this program was offered to students from so many of the area high schools. Last year the outreach office had invited students from just one school to the trial for this program but Suzette Vaquera-Constantine and Monica Pauken, outreach and recruitment coordinators, decided to expand the program this year to include more schools and students.
The Texas Workforce Commission awarded 72 Institutional Training Agreements to the Brookhaven College workforce and continuing education division on May 9th. The agreements support a variety of courses for 18 employees displaced by a Dallas-based manufacturing company that is relocating its operations abroad. Angel Boyer, program director for continuing education, coordinated English for speakers of other languages courses specifically for these students as the first stage of their retraining. As they progress, they also will be taking GED preparation courses as well as a variety of occupational training programs. The agreements represent more than $130,000 in revenue for the college and training that will take the students to the middle of 2012.
Employees at Brookhaven College had a chance to play, contribute and enjoy a good time on May 5th at a kickball game sponsored by the Serve! Club. Andrew Deibert, service-learning and civic engagement coordinator, arranged the game. Employees who wanted to play donated $10, with the proceeds raised from the game going to the Frisco Boys & Girls Club after-school and summer camp programs. Vanessa Salazar-Sowell, Hurshel Burton, Sam Zaragoza, Jin Kim, Matt Kirk, Oslynn Williams, Nicole Lacey, Deborah Whaley-Stephenson, Danny Moonie and Deibert all played in the game, taking the opportunity to interact with students in a different way; other than just in the classroom or from an office.
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