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Category: January 2020 Newsletter

Spring Plenary – Thursday, January 23, 2020

“Explore the Possibilities” at this year’s Spring Plenary and register by January 17th!  Visit the following link for workshop and registration details: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/pd/plenary/. You will not want to miss the keynote speaker, Eugene Whitlock, J.D.  His unique blend of humor, neuroscience and data-driven analysis to help primarily administrators, faculty, staff and students at all levels of education in both the private and public sectors to create and sustain inclusive workplaces and classrooms.

Active Learning Leaders Conference – Saturday January 25th, 8:30am-3:30pm!

The 7th Annual Active Learning Leaders (ALL) Teaching Conference is scheduled for Saturday January 25th, 2020, at Palomar College’s new Rancho Bernardo Campus, specially equipped with active learning furniture in all of its classrooms.

This conference is hosted by the Active Learning Leaders (ALL), which is a group of faculty dedicated to increasing student engagement and success through the use of active learning strategies in their classrooms.  Follow the link for registration and program details at https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/activelearning/.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Dr. Mark Hudelson, Associate Professor, Art, submitted this comment on a recent Program Review and Planning report which supports Guided Pathways: “One of the questions we have is related to students' desired outcomes. We serve a wide variety of students in the Art Department: some are taking classes to transfer, some for our programs' degrees, some for workplace knowledge, and some for personal enrichment. Thus, why students are in our programs is an important variable. That students learn the material presented in our classes is known, since success rates are high. However, how we fine-tune our programs may shift as there are corresponding shifts in our students' needs and THEIR desired outcomes. Being able to gauge students' needs, as related to their educational goals, is an important metric. More than some other departments, we are able to engage with our students, especially in our studio classes where instructor/student ratios are lower and interaction is common. Through these engagements, we're able to learn a lot about our students' needs in ways that standardized assessments don't capture.”

Palomar Pathway “Wins” – January 2020

New Grant –  Strong Workforce Program (SWP) – Student Retention Faculty Institute

Exciting news from Career, Technical & Extended Education Division which received approval of a new grant that will help fund the SWP Student Retention Faculty Institute. The Institute supports the examination of student retention, persistence and completion in the region’s community colleges. The funding covers a two-year period, in which faculty will participate in two in-person learning events, a faculty project, and a research investment to support the work at each college. One such learning event will be sponsored by the San Diego-Imperial Regional Consortium – Rethinking the Student Experience for Retention and Success. The purpose of this event will be to inspire faculty to 1) think critically about their courses in terms of retention, persistence and success outcomes; 2) examine course data with researchers to better understand current outcomes; and 3) use that information to develop promising solutions in the classroom that improves outcomes. The kick off will be on February 28, 2020.

New Self-placement Process in ESL

This academic year 2019-2020, the ESL Department designed and began administering a new self-placement process.  As of Spring 2020 registration, ESL students are able to move through a guided self-placement process that helps them select the ESL course that will be best for their success.  Additionally, this Fall, the highest ESL levels, ESL 103 and 106, were approved for IGETC Humanities units, so students taking those courses now receive GE credit. The new placement process and the GE credit change in ESL shortens and clarifies the pathways for ESL students through ESL and into their career and academic pathways. Thank you Tracy Fung and Nimoli Madan for sharing!

Design and Manufacturing Technologies – developing a new partnership!

The hiring management team for the CAD Product Definition departments at Sandia National Laboratories California campus in the  San Francisco Bay Area visited Palomar College’s Drafting Technology Department in December. The 3D modeling and electrical CAD products at Sandia Labs support the US Nuclear Stockpile Modernization programs and Nuclear Deterrence Mission Space. The purpose for their visit was to investigate and negotiate potential internships and employment opportunities for students in the Electrical CAD (E-CAD) and Mechanical CAD (M-CAD) programs at Sandia Labs. The team  met with only three community colleges in California based on course and AS degree availability in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Layout and Creo software. They were very impressed with the proposed Fall 2020 rollout of new drafting courses, certificates, and AS degrees at Palomar College. Sandia Labs intends to participate in the Spring 2020 Career Fair at Palomar College to introduce themselves to students and share information about Sandia Labs with potential hires.

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