Release Date Aug. 3
Brookhaven College student Brandy Walthall has won third place in the poetry competition for the League for Innovation in the Community College National Student Literary Competition. Her poem, “Black Skin,” won first place at the college and district levels. The national competition included 56 literary works from students at League board member colleges. The pieces were judged by a group of published writers, and the winners received cash prizes.
Students and parents came together with employees from Brookhaven College to celebrate the successful completion of the college’s third year of TexPREP (Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program). This mathematics-based academic program is designed for middle and high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. This year, four classes totaling 64 students participated in the program. Families were able to watch a video that highlighted several activities which were part of the students’ work during the rigorous experience. Each participant received a certificate in recognition of his/her completion of the program. Students with passing grades who showed mastery of the objectives will receive one high school elective credit. Brookhaven College’s Marilyn Lynch, associate vice president of Career and Program Resources, offered opening remarks and Adriana Gomez, TexPREP director, welcomed parents and highlighted several of the students’ projects.
Last week, a first-of-its-kind open house event at Brookhaven College attracted dozens of students and their families who wanted to take advantage of the opportunity for individualized help as they prepare to start college in the fall. The Outreach Office created the event as a small pilot to gauge the services that would be needed and the questions students and their families would have as they began the admissions process, and how to meet those needs in the future while maintaining a small, personalized atmosphere. The Outreach staff helped 35 students in two separate sessions complete the online application, find answers to or contacts for their individual questions, and discover next steps. Team members Daffne Bennett, Monica Pauken, Greg Rife, Suzette Vaquera-Constantine, Jean Kaplan and student Christopher Cervantes have added a second event, which is scheduled for August 14th.
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