A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation
Gillian Silver recently developed and launched the College of Southern Nevada’s Inaugural Mentoring Symposium. The half-day event drew 67 participants who gained insight into the benefits of structured mentoring and coaching partnerships, received an update on an original qualitative study, and heard highlights of a peerreviewed journal article published by the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute. The program also featured remarks by Hyla Winters and Joan McGee, institute administrators with deep experience in cultivating talent within the post-secondary environment. A panel discussion on experiences and the obstacles encountered, rounded out the content. Silver, a CSN Professor, explains, “The literature demonstrates a clear gap. Women and minorities often do not receive the opportunity to be coached to success. Sometimes this is because the assumption is made that talented people don't require guidance. More often, however, it is because the pathway to advancement is sometimes not clear, and mentorship is often seen as an informal activity not as an objectives-driven partnership. Another factor is that remarkable individuals may believe their extraordinary contributions will be naturally acknowledged and rewarded, and fail to position themselves as legitimate candidates for promotion into administration or special campus initiatives. With the anticipation of dramatic shifts in the age of the nation and higher levels of college retirements, more strategic effort must be placed on succession planning, says Silver. Creating legitimate, structured, and purposeful mentoring and coaching programs is vital to retention of the knowledge base within the college. It also helps to ensure that there is an inclusive and diversified process for progression, she underscores.
In keeping with its longstanding commitment to equip workers to fill jobs in high demand careers, Tarrant County College (Texas) has partnered with The North Texas Specialty Physicians Holding Company, LLC., to provide job training funded by a $248,757 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will develop and enhance new and existing skills with a health care focus in customer service, data administration, sales and leadership for NTSP employees. Provided solely by TCC, training will benefit 215 participants, including 62 new hires. TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez will present a check to TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, and North Texas Specialty Physicians representatives during a ceremony in Fort Worth.
North Park Continuation High School Principal H. Vincent Pratt has been honored as a January Educator of the Month by the Los Angeles Lakers for his dedication to his students. Pratt, who has been with Baldwin Park Unified for eight years, is a 20- year educator who focuses on building relationships with students and collaborations with the community to help students achieve their potential. Urista praised Pratt’s ability to connect with students, noting how the principal greets every student with a handshake each morning and never ceases his efforts to create a fun, inspiring environment for learning. Pratt was honored by the Lakers at the team’s Jan. 17 home game. Lakers staff gave Pratt and his family a tour during the second quarter — and Pratt got a chance to take a photo of Laker great Magic Johnson. The team then honored Pratt, two other Los Angeles area educators and three students during halftime.