December 18, 2015
Northwest Vista College News
NVC Celebrates Scholarships and Career Coaches
Members of the NVC Business Council celebrated the first awarding of the new Business Council Scholarship to NVC student Francisco Olea and the completion of the second round of the Business Leader Career Coaching Program during their December breakfast meeting. Francisco is a Business Administration major and veteran of the U.S. Army. He plans on attending a university in Houston after he completes his studies at NVC. Frost Bank generously sponsored this breakfast for the Council.
As part of the Business Leader Career Coaching Program, eight business leaders were matched with eight NVC Student Development instructors. These business leaders served as career coaches to students in the SDEV classes this fall. Sessions and activities presented by the business leaders focused on goal setting, interpersonal communication, career development and financial literacy. Students in these classes welcomed the opportunity to engage with area business leaders. Plans are underway for implementation of the spring program cohort.
Membership dues of the Council are used to support the Business Council Scholarship and other NVC scholarships. The Council has 17 paid members.
Students Receive Volunteer Awards
Dozens of NVC students participate in volunteer activities across the campus and the San Antonio community. Many of these students are required to provide service hours as part of a leadership organization such as Phi Theta Kappa or the National Society of Leadership and Success. This year, NVC had two students provide exemplary service and receive the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). The PVSA is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.
To qualify for this award through NVC, a current student or employee must have completed 100 or more hours of service to the community within a calendar year. NVC has two students who have earned this national award in 2015:
· Ryan Todd earned the Silver Award with 183.5 hours of service
· Cristian Nuno earned the Gold Award with 253.3 hours of service
Almost 3,400 hours of community service has been logged to date by the NVC community in 2015.
NVC Students Graduate from TRACK Program
On December 11th, President Baser and Dr. Lina Silva attended the San Antonio TRACK Graduation at which 11 NVC students completed the year-long program. TRACK, a program of the Wounded Warrior Project, is the first education center in the nation designed specifically for wounded veterans. The program has facilities in San Antonio Texas and Jacksonville FL. In San Antonio, students attend Northwest Vista College as part of the program.
TRACK is designed to give warriors a jump start on meeting their educational goals, while also supporting personal health and wellness, mental health, and career development. Students enter the program as a cohort and work together to leave the program with skills and the support needed to continue their education and/or enter the civilian workforce. Program elements include: collegiate-level coursework; health and wellness training; performance training to meet goals, new self-awareness and confidence; personal finance workshops and career development opportunities.
Eleven NVC students graduated as Cohort IX from the program this fall. Each graduate will continue their educational goals this coming year, some at colleges near their homes, and others will continue at NVC to work towards their degrees.
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