April 8, 2014
St. Philip's College News
College Hosts Women in Non-traditional Occupations Conference
On March 27 at Southwest Campus, 350 local female college and high school students attended the 2014 SPC Women in Nontraditional Occupations Conference to explore advantageous careers where women are a minority. The keynote speaker was Danielle Dimovski (Diva Q), barbecue pitmaster and host of Travel Channel’s “BBQ Crawl." Diva Q shared her journey to success and empowerment in a nontraditional occupation. Guests also met Dr. Marie-Michelle Kelley, interim chair of the SPC applied electrical and mechanical technology department; Edith Orozco, director of SPC information technology program; and 2012 SPC aviation technology alumnae Ashley Narvaez, former president of the SPC Women in Nontraditional Occupations student organization Narvaez is an aircraft engine technician at the Kelly Aviation Center.
The event was funded by the Carl D. Perkins’ Basic grant, in efforts to strengthen and enhance the interdependencies among SPC, the Alamo Colleges, local and regional communities and industries, and local and regional governments to improve recruitment of students into nontraditional occupations. A post-conference session entitled, “A Push in the Right Direction” and hosted by Susie Wheeler, Project Director of the Texas Carl D. Perkins Leadership Grant was available for SPC faculty and staff.
On March 28, Susan Wheeler provided an additional session, “Try One More Thing” for faculty and staff at SPC. Wheeler provided information and strategies on how to improve and accomplish goals for Perkins performance indicators that are tied to nontraditional gender in career and technical education. These goals are important for institutional funding of equipment and supplies, but also because SPC wants students to find successful futures in great occupations.
SPC Hosts Health Insurance Event
On March 22, SPC clinical group Level 1-2 nursing degree candidates hosted the first SPC Health Insurance Marketplace Information Session and Enrollment Event. Visitors created an insurance account, applied, picked a plan and enrolled in the final days of the six-month-long Affordable Care Act open enrollment sign-up season of 2014. SPC degree candidates provided consumers with health screenings to include blood pressure measurements, as Bexar Health Marketplace Affordable Care Act experts enrolled those consumers in advance of the March 31 deadline.
Japanese Video Crew Visits Campus
On March 26 at the SPC Southwest Campus, SPC hosted an NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation video crew taping of an AC DC circuits class to support the network’s story regarding the Alamo Colleges Workforce Education programs, work in Mexico, and outreach to individuals of Mexican descent who live in San Antonio.
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