Campus Updates - Monday, September 26, 2011
Engaging Minds at Estrella Mountain
The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is a national student survey that focuses on teaching, learning and retention. It provides a much-needed tool for assessing the extent to which students are engaged in good educational practices at community colleges. Estrella Mountain has participated in the survey four times, most recently during the spring 2011 semester.
To learn how well Estrella Mountain is doing at engaging our students, view the results from the Spring 2011 CCSSE survey: http://www.estrellamountain.edu/opie/ccsse
Assessment Awareness Week is Here!
Assessment plays a crucial role in our journey to become a Learning College. We hope you can participate in one or more of the following events this week.
Monday, September 26:
Student Life Assessment Forum
Fall 2011 Assessment Newsletter
Tuesday, September 27:
Thursday, September 29:
Friday, September 30:
EMCC United Way Campaign Kick-Off
With so many families in our community struggling to make ends meet in an uncertain economy, this year the EMCC United Way committee has decided to partner with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.
As part of the campus United Way campaign, EMCC has set the lofty goal of collecting over 10,000 lbs. of food for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Starting Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 28, boxes will be placed in all college buildings so participate by bringing in some non-parishable items.
To celebrate the start of the Estrella Mountain United Way Campaign, that same week the United Way committee will also host a Create for a Cause event.
Create for a Cause
At the Create for a Cause event, everyone is encouraged to attend and find their inner artist by decorating a spooky or fun mask for this year’s Main Event – Halloween! Entry fee is $5 for each piece created. Attendees are encouraged to donate their one of a kind creations to be auctioned off at the United Way Main Event on October 28. You’ll have a blast and help those in need! Those who bring a nonperishable food donation to the event will also receive a special ice cream treat! (Pet food donations are also encouraged for the kick-off event and will be donated to the local West Valley no-kill Sun Valley Animal Shelter.)
This year, the 2011 EMCC United Way Campaign is being co-chaired by Dr. Bryan Tippett, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Mr. Michael Bartley, Coordinator, Marketing.
SWSC Practical Nurse Program Receives High Marks from AZBON
The Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBON) recently completed their regularly scheduled five-year evaluation of the Practical Nurse (PN) program at the Southwest Skill Center (SWSC) and gave an initial determination that the program should be recommended for continued approval by the AZBON.
Student outcomes for the SWSC PN program indicate impressive results with a 90 percent first-time pass rate on the exam leading to LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) designation. For students continuing into the EMCC Registered Nurse transfer program, there is an 84 percent pass rate for the exam leading to their RN license.
Congratulations to all the faculty and staff that helped prepare for the successful visit. The report will be forwarded to the AZBON Education Committee in October and then to the full board in November for official state approval.
SWSC Takes its Programs to the Community
Short-term job training programs such as the Dialysis Technician and Emergency Medical Technology, will soon be offered at the Estrella Mountain Community College Buckeye Educational Center. Estrella Mountain is proud of continuing a lifelong partnership with the Town of Buckeye and students will continue to benefit as the SWSC expands program offerings. For more information, visit www.estrellamountain.edu/buckeye.
The SWSC Spanish Medical Interpreter program has established a strong partnership with Scottsdale Health Care in the east valley. The program helps to bridge partnerships by providing a unique program directly to the employees of Scottsdale Healthcare. The SWSC is proud to work side-by-side with business and industry to fortify the workforce, provide re-careering opportunities and training to those just beginning their careers.
Future Teachers Club
The Estrella Mountain Future Teachers Club is having their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 28, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in OCT 110. All students and community members interested in teaching as a career are invited to attend. Get the latest information on teacher certification, network with practitioners in the field, participate in educational activities, and explore opportunities for a teaching career.
Teacher Education 101
This event is for anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher. Main topics will include degree pathways for teacher education professions, as well as information on financial aid. Teacher Education 101 is an excellent opportunity to learn more about educational options and determine which school and program best meet your needs!
Thursday, October 13
Participating institutions include:
Did you know that Estrella Mountain has over 300 students that have expressed an interest in finding an internship and that the College is currently working with 55 businesses that are actively pursuing interns.
The WIRCCS Scholarship (due November 18th), which awards a stipend to students working in unpaid West Valley Internships, presented its first two scholarships this summer to Dominic Carlos and Jonathan Reyes.
There are a lot of exciting internship opportunities including the award winning Business Retention Internship Program. If there is an opportunity to talk to your class for 5 minutes on the importance of the internship experience please contact Landis Elliott.
- Leadership Council Meeting
Wednesday, September 28
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
North Community Room
- HLC Visit Preparation: All-Employee Meeting
Thursday, October 13
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- MCCCD Governing Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 18
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.