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Campus Updates - Monday, September 26, 2011

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:
Assessment Awareness Quiz
So you think you know assessment?  Watch for the quiz in your inbox. Individuals with the top scores will be entered into a drawing for EMCC goodies.

Student Life Assessment Forum
12:00 -1:00 p.m., Student Life Lounge
Students will learn the role that assessment plays in improving the quality of their education and ensuring that their credits are transferable and degrees meaningful. Discussion items will include if the EMCC’s seven general education abilities align with what the students expect to learn in college.

Fall 2011 Assessment Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on the latest in EMCC assessment news and learn important information that could help you on the quiz!

Tuesday, September 27:
Course Level Assessment Luncheon
12:30-1:30 p.m., Center for Teaching and Learning  (South CTL)
Enjoy a discussion with your colleagues on how you assess your courses, including what challenges and discoveries have you run into? Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to secure your spot

Thursday, September 29:
Communication/Information Literacy Luncheon
1:00-2:00 p.m., Center for Teaching and Learning  (South CTL)
How well do students communicate? How well do they find and cite reputable sources in research projects? Learn what the latest assessment information tells us about EMCC students’ communication and information literacy abilities. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss ways to help students improve upon these important abilities. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to secure your spot.

 Friday, September 30:
Assessment Awareness Quiz Winners Announced!

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
Thursday, October 6, 2011
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location (TBA)

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
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Meet faculty and staff from EMCC and university partners
  • Learn about the different Associate Degree pathways
  • Learn about the variety of university transfer options and Bachelors Degree pathways
  • Learn how to pay for your education
  • Receive the support you need to graduate

Participating institutions include:

  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Arizona State University West
  • Arizona State University iTeachAZ
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Ottawa University
  • University of Phoenix
Internships Available

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.
    Community Room

  • MCCCD Governing Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 18
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Community Room