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February 20, 2015

 

Northwest Vista College News


NVC Faculty and Staff Share Best Practices

• Migdalia Garcia, Community Engagement Coordinator, was recently a speaker at a Civic Engagement Conference co-sponsored by NVC:  Service on the Rise: Civic Leadership Conference 2015. The conference provided student leaders from across the San Antonio area the opportunity to learn: 

o Effective practices for students coordinating, promoting and implementing service projects

o Explore past and present social activism and justice movements in the city and at respective higher education institutions

o Gain a better understanding of how individuals can engage in lifelong commitment to community and public service

The keynote speakers were former Mayor of San Antonio, Henry Cisneros and the inaugural Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Carmen Tafolla.  Migdalia Garcia along with Jennifer Bendele, Director of Service-Learning & Volunteerism at OLLU, co-presented a session:  “Reflect on This”.  This session was designed to help student leaders move beyond just the organizational logistics of the volunteer service project. This interactive session presented models and ideas for “preflection” and reflection with volunteers.  The session provided an opportunity for attendees to explore how to help volunteers add meaning to their service projects through the reflection process by looking at the “What? So What? Now What?” 

Other Conference sessions included; Job Search Strategies:  5 Steps to Make Volunteerism Work For You; Organization Service Initiatives; Social Justice in Action; College Activism:  Responding to Social Justice Issues; I have a Degree, Now What?; Making a Difference with Social Media; Service within Private Corporations; and the Active Citizen Continuum.  

This conference was a partnership of the San Antonio Intercollegiate Collaborative--an organization comprised of all the Universities and most of the colleges in San Antonio as well as TLU.  Each College was allowed to send ten students and NVC sent the maximum as did Palo Alto College.  

• Lynne T. Dean, Director of Community Development, represented NVC at the Assistance League of San Antonio Philanthropic Open House held recently at their offices and thrift house. The League provides transfer scholarships to students which are promoted on the NVC website. In addition to scholarships, the organization supports six programs in partnership with community agencies, schools and other groups.  The programs touched the lives of more than 64,000 members of the San Antonio community last year alone. Most of the beneficiaries of the philanthropic work of the League are children.

• Laura Metzger, NVC English faculty member, presented at the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference in Houston on Jan. 24. Laura's presentation was called "Out With the Old and In With the New: Using Social Media and PechaKucha to Develop Critical Thinking." Laura has students create social justice blogs and PechaKucha presentations in her composition and literature courses.  PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.  Dawna Upshaw, SDEV faculty member, attended the conference along with Laura and shared how she has adapted 

 
 
 

Business Council Examines Career Assessment & Workforce Solutions

NVC Business Council members explored career assessments and ideas for getting students ready for college or a career at their February meeting.  Don Pitchford, higher education and ACT consultant, outlined the use and benefits of the National Career Readiness Certificate. The credential is given at various levels ranging from bronze to platinum and can be awarded in addition to degrees and certifications. The credential can be used to pre-qualify applicants for employment as well.  The Certificate demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information, and Reading for Information.  Council members also reported on participation in the new Business Leader Mentorship Program and planned upcoming speaker panel presentations for the NVC Business Student Organization.
 
 
 

 

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