A look at campus life at various community colleges
Calhoun Community College (Ala.) recently celebrated the official kick-off of its 2016-17 academic year with the college’s annual employee inservice program. As an Achieving the Dream member institution, the college demonstrated its support of the ATD initiative by having each employee wear matching t-shirts showcasing Calhoun’s local ATD logo along with words and phrases college faculty and staff feel epitomize what “achieving the dream” means to them. Over 300 full and part-time employees participated in the day-long event.
Delgado Carpentry students and faculty pictured outside a flooded home in Baton Rouge, from left: Jalil Pounds, Kenneth Williams (Jefferson Site carpentry instructor), Alex Johnson, Timotheus Davis (Sidney Collier Site carpentry instructor), Tyler Stokes, Brent Givens, Ronnie Brokel, Kenzie Cook, Joseph Barrosse and Bryan Mahon.
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority will soon begin bus service to Tarrant County College’s (Texas) Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Logistics and Transportation at Alliance Airport — creating new opportunities for residents across the area to access high-demand career training programs. Stops at the Hadley Center of Excellence will allow riders to attend class in TCC’s aviation, logistics and transportation programs as well as access other area businesses. TCC began working with FWTA to establish the route when the college acquired the Alliance facility in 2012. Students, faculty and staff provided feedback on transit needs during the development of FWTA’s Transit Master Plan, which will guide service in the coming years. The Hadley Center of Excellence trains students for careers as pilots, aircraft maintenance specialists, dispatchers, distribute on managers and more. Significant employment growth in these careers is projected for Tarrant County and beyond. The worldwide aviation industry, for example, is expected to need nearly 1.3 million new commercial pilots and maintenance technicians in the next two decades, according to Boeing’s 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast. At 163,500 square-foot center is the largest aviation education facility in Texas.
Instructors from the Delgado Community College (La.) Technical Division’s Carpentry program took their students on a field trip to Baton Rouge, to assist homeowners with post-flood demolition and debris removal. Flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area destroyed or damaged at least 40,000 homes and affected more than 100,000 people. Timotheus Davis, carpentry instructor at the Delgado Sidney Collier Site, said: “I wanted the students to experience the effects that a disaster like the flood has on the homes they’re learning to build. Also, I wanted them to see the value of the skill they’re learning. We get into it for the money, but it’s truly rewarding when it’s not about the money at all and you can use that skill to help someone. That’s what I wanted them to experience.” The instructors and students spent the day ripping out drywall, hauling furniture and removing flooring, baseboards and other debris. In the Carpentry Program, students are trained in both residential construction and residential demolition. “Not only was it important for our students to apply the carpentry and teamwork skills they’re learning in the program, but it was also important for them to experience helping others in need,” said Kenneth Williams, Delgado Jefferson Site Carpentry instructor. “As we know from our own experiences in Hurricane Katrina, many families rely on the generosity of volunteers,” Williams said.