July 29, 2014
Going Near and Far for Student Success
Whether it’s as close as our own classrooms, as far away as Paris, France, or anywhere in between, students, faculty, staff and administrators are always looking for ways to enhance student learning.
Last week, 16 students returned from a month-long Study Abroad program in Paris. For the three weeks leading up to the trip and for the four weeks in France, the students studied French three hours per day, four days a week. They were able to fully immerse themselves in the culture by living with French families and touring the museums and sites with adjunct French Professor Uriel Ornelas. You can see some of the sites through the eyes of student Andrew Perez on the International Program’s Facebook page. If you think you’d like to study abroad, check out the Center for International Studies/Study Abroad webpage. Next year’s Study Abroad program includes trips to Panama and Florence, Italy.
Photo: Student Andrew Perez
Photo: Study Abroad students in Paris, France
Summer Readiness Program a Success
With a home base at Southwestern, students enrolled in EOPS’ Summer Readiness Program brushed up on study skills and became our newest learning community. EOPS Counselor Samone Sayasenh taught a daily personal development class and each Friday, students participated in educational field trips to such places as the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and UC Irvine. By the end of the five-week program students who once hailed from Hilltop High, Montgomery High and Sweetwater High now consider themselves full-fledged Jaguars.
At their closing ceremony Thursday, each of the 30 students received certificates for completing the program.
Thank you to the entire EOPS staff for bringing back this program and helping our students begin the new year on solid ground.
Photo: EOPS Staff: Front Row: Anna Balcazar, Samone Sayasenh. Back Row, L-R: Nora Rodriguez, Dolores Dueñas, Omar Orihuela, Lynda Ware, Leticia Diaz and Veronica Cadena
Photo: EOPS Summer Readiness Program Students
Welcoming the Promise Neighborhood Graduates
Southwestern College has the good fortune of strong partnerships with businesses and community-based organizations. One such partnership is with South Bay Community Services and their Promise Neighborhood grant. The federal funding has allowed South Bay Community Services to train student and parent advocates to help more students attend and succeed in college. Beginning in pre-school and all the way through college, the grant pays for resources, such as tutoring, after-school programs and college tours to help students understand the path to higher education.
Earlier this month, we hosted the first graduates of the Promise Neighborhood program at a student/parent orientation. With hearty welcomes from Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Angelica Suarez, Dean Bea Zamora-Aguilar and myself, we expressed our pride in the students’ accomplishments and encouraged the parents in attendance to think about returning to college as well. With a step-by-step orientation led by Counselor Adriana Garibay, the students and parents received a comprehensive overview of how to complete their orientation, prepare for assessments and create an education plan.