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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