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Dean’s Update, December 16, 2011

SCPD Passport to Success off to a Good Start

As the semester winds down, the Student Center for Professional Development is accomplishing good things with its new Passport to Success. The rollout of Passport with its events and workshops has not been without some unexpected hiccups, but all-in-all we are happy with our results. We have learned things that will help us do a better job in the spring semester. Among SCPD successes are the following:

  • Over three hundred students recognized the benefits of our programs and became members of SCPD.
  • Eighty students joined the Corporate Mentoring Program and were paired with mentors; as a result of the Advisory Board’s recruiting efforts, no mentor was required to take on more than one student mentee this year.
  • Fifteen students are participating in our Community Scholars program and are mentoring Jordan High School sophomores; our Community Scholars demonstrate through their actions and experiences why Jordan High students should finish high school and go onto college.
  • Eight professional development workshops were given and were well attended; our intention is to offer 25 more during the spring semester.
  • With the recently-installed CBA Student Success System software, we are better able to manage and monitor our programs and student participation; the software eliminates the need for one GA, saving money that can be better spent on programs.

One huge reason we will be able to offer 25 workshops next semester is that we were able to hire a part-time Program Coordinator, effective December 1. Eve Espindola will be a tremendous addition to the team and will enable us to greatly increase the quality and quantity of the services we offer the students. Native to Brazil, Eve is a graduate of Notre Dame College in Maryland. Eve and her husband live in the Westminster area. Immediately prior to joining us Eve was a flight attendant commuting to Houston to pick up her routes. Please stop by and say hello to this very interesting woman.

We are excited about what we have accomplished this year in the face of severe resource constraints. Passport to Success has been a success, but we recognize some things can be improved. Tweaks will be made to the Passport program to make it even more beneficial to our students in spring semester and the 2012-2013 academic year. Due to the generosity of Target and UPS, each of which made a significant grant to the program, we will acquire the technology we need to reach more CBA students than ever, and improve the quality of our workshops, programs, and events going forward.

Finally, we would like to thank our two SCPD Graduate Assistants, Sanil K. Valappil and Amit Chaudhari. They were instrumental in implementing Passport to Success. Without their dedication and hard work we could not have accomplished all that we did. Sanil and Amit have both attained their Masters degrees in Engineering, and they will be moving on after the first of the year. We will miss them both.