July 1, 2015
St. Philip's College News
Veterans Center Presents Job Hunting Series
On May 26 in the SPC Watson Fine Arts Center, SPC Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center staff co-presented the second in a three-part 10 Steps to Getting Hired Now! series. The program was attended by 23 armed forces active duty, retired, veteran and family members. Center partners in the program included Confidential Government Solutions and Grand Canyon University. Attendees learned how to use social media to land a civilian job, secrets to finding hidden and unadvertised jobs, how to effectively communicate without uniforms in the workplace and how to get a face-to-face interview via the online application process. The date for the final workshop in the series is June 24.
Phoenix Program Students Graduate
On May 27 at the SPC Southwest Campus, the SPC-San Antonio Independent School District Spring 2015 Graduation by Exhibition ceremony celebrated student success for the SPC Middle College Programs-Phoenix Program. Student projects were judged by volunteers from industry and SPC employees. Prospective students and faculty were invited to the event in which Phoenix students conducted lab tours of the SPC Southwest Campus.
Second CIMA Project Cohort Launched
Four SPC students and three SPC 2013-2014 alumni attended the orientation of the second CIMA Project Undergraduate Research Program cohort. CIMA is a national effort to increase the completion rates of minority STEM majors by pairing promising community college students with college faculty mentors and their projects at respective four-year, graduate and post-graduate school campuses. Original participants in the local effort are the National Science Foundation, Alamo Colleges and University of Texas at San Antonio. New for 2015, the CIMA program has been expanded to include research opportunities at Texas A & M University San Antonio, and Joshua J. Darden becomes the college’s first student to study at TAMUSA under this program that also includes four additional Alamo Colleges students.
Also new for 2015, CIMA program alumni and other outstanding SPC STEM students are giving back by helping the new researchers. In his capacity as a lead supplemental instructor, SPC student Mohamed Basiouny leads review sessions that allow students to compare notes, discuss readings and develop organizational tools. While Basiouny will also help the new researchers to prepare for tests by learning how to integrate course content and study skills, all while building valuable peer relationships, Drake Giddings helps the new researchers in his capacity as a tutor. Of note, the CIMA program in San Antonio was first of only two externally funded projects nationwide, through the foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to the Baccalaureate Alliances program.
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