September 25, 2015
Northwest Vista College News
NVC Students Selected for National STEM Program
Jonathan Mendoza, Jose Vazquez, and J. Ramon Vazquez Campero – all Northwest Vista College Engineering students– have been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in spring 2016. They were three of the 160 community college students selected nationwide to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). NCAS gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career.
The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach. The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.
NVC Holds Student Involvement Fair
Earlier this month the NVC Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development served as host to student clubs, organizations, leadership activities, and sports teams to build student engagement and support increased student persistence. Research shows that student success is directly linked to student involvement. This success comes in the form of higher academic achievement, engagement in the campus community, and pride in the institution.
Each semester the Office hosts an Involvement Fair to showcase how a student might become involved in campus and community activities. This fall, more than 25 organization participated in the fair. The participants included: cultural, recreational, religious, governance, honor, social, political, and service organizations. This is an important promotional tool for each organization to recruit new members. Attendance was strong with students completing feedback surveys about their experiences Ninety-two percent of the students who took the survey signed up for a club, organization, team or other opportunity at the event.
The Student Activities team has identified learning outcomes for the event and student participation in clubs and organizations. These include:
• Developing of leadership skills and abilities
• Creating network with like-minded students, staff, and faculty
• Improving academic, problem-solving, communication and social growth skills
• Enhancing the range of accomplishments for transfer to Universities and job placement.
NVC SACSCOC "World Tour" Educates Campus
On Friday, September 18, NVC employees attended the a campus “World Tour” to learn about NVC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as well as the upcoming SACSCOC Oct. 6-8 visit. President Dr. Ric Baser and QEP Director Denise Tolan provided an overview at a series of presentations discussing what faculty and staff can expect during the visit. Their aim was to InFUSE the campus with QEP details and answer questions on how faculty and staff can implement QEP in the classroom or in their work group.
This is the first 10-year reaffirmation process undertaken by NVC since its founding in 1995. This reaffirmation process includes:
• Submission of compliance documents to SACSCOC, which NVC completed in March and August
• Creation or strengthening a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – NVC is piloting the plan now
• Participation in a visit from the SACSCOC team of peer institution leaders – scheduled for Oct. 6-8, 2015.
Additional faculty and staff training sessions will be held later in September and on Employee Development Day.
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