MVC Employee Fast Track Supervisor Certificate

This series is part of an effort to showcase the many great employees who contribute to teaching and learning efforts at MVC.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Alex Diaz, Ed.D.

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Can you tell us a little bit about what is happening in your area?

The Fast Track Supervision Certificate is a new program that utilizes a Competency Based Education approach.  Because the entire program can be delivered online, employers may be more motivated to support their employee’s development (as it will not cause the employee to miss work).

How did Mountain View College (MVC) get involved?

The DCCCD District Office initiated the effort to develop CBE courses. Gemmy Allen (NLC) and Dr. Diane Minger (CVC) volunteered to lead the development of CBE courses with assistance from the LeCroy Center for the Business/Management Discipline.  The Fast Track Supervisor Certificate is the product that was the result from these efforts.  As the completion of the development of the product, Mountain View College adopted the program.

How does this positively impact our students, employees, or community?

By providing this program to our community, students, and employees, MVC is expanding opportunities for our community to earn a recognized award that can help promote the career of a budding leader.

What  should we expect and what timeline exists regarding this effort?

MVC is offering the courses in the program in 8-week sessions. If the student completes two (2) courses per 8-week session, then the student is scheduled to complete the program over three 8-week sessions.

What does finishing this project mean to the MVC?

The effort is really never finished. MVC Faculty will continue to support the development of new programs and educational modalities to deliver programs that serve our community.

What departments or individuals on campus helped bring this initiative to life?

The Careers and Technology Education Division has supported Dr. Alex Diaz effort to adopt CBE courses at MVC.

If interested, where would you point folks to learn more?

Contact Dr. Alex Diaz at MVC to get more information.

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Five-Year Strategic Plan

This series is part of an effort to showcase teaching and learning efforts at MVC.

Posted on behalf of Iva Bergeron, Dean of PRIE and SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison.

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Can you tell us about what is happening in your area?

The Office of Planning Research Institutional Effectiveness is very busy!  Initiatives we are currently working on include:  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Fifth Year Report; Substantive Change Documentation for ISD schools in which we offer dual credit classes; Assisting with the QEP Impact Report; College Dashboard; Implementation of IMPROVE, our software for housing our assessment plans; Program Review; Annual Assessments; Ongoing Data Requests; and Implementation of the MVC 2017-2023 Strategic Plan: Shaping Our Future. Whew!  There’s more, but I’ll stop there.

How did Mountain View College (MVC) get involved in the strategic plan?

All organizations need a compass that directs their future steps.  MVC is no different.  The college has designed a five-year strategic plan that will be used to help guide our efforts as we serve both our current and future students.  Our strategic plan is intentional and flexible, allowing us to develop objectives and goals that meet our specific needs and align with the goals and objectives of our Board of Trustees.

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How does this positively impact our students, employees, or community?

The positive impact on the students, employees and community are varied.  The MVC strategic plan stems from our mission and vision statements.  The MVC mission statement tagline is ‘Mountain View College empowers people and transforms communities’.  The strategic plan serves as a guide to ensure that we do this in an organized manner that can be documented, measured, and improved upon.  The students, employees and community can expect that MVC will utilize the strategic plan to create new programs, expand existing programs, analyze data, engage the community, develop employees, and improve our processes.  All of this will be done in an effort to educate, improve, and advance the communities we serve.

What should we expect and what timeline exists regarding this effort?

Because our efforts are both agile and numerous, a formal timeline has not been developed.  However, the Planning Budget and Assessment Committee will continue to fine-tune current processes, institutionalize assessments, and insure that planning and assessment inform our budget.  The plan is a five-year plan.  At the end of the five years, it is my hope that assessments, program review, process improvement, and making data informed decisions is second nature to MVC.  At the end of the plan, the students, employees and community will see improved services, enhanced quality, increased opportunity, and progressive student success.

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What departments or individuals on campus helped bring this initiative to life?

The current strategic plan, is a product of employees and students.  The college hired a consultant to come and work with us as we looked at designing a plan that could guide our efforts for the next five years.  The process kicked off in the summer of 2016.  We then had planning meetings during Return Week of 2016, with employees and students.  Additional meetings were held with the executive team, instructional departments, and students as we started to work on finalizing our plan and verifying congruence with our Facilities Master Plan.  The Planning Budget and Assessment Committee worked with the consultant to survey employees, gather feedback and finalize the expected outcomes.  It has been a comprehensive process, in which faculty, staff, and students have all played a role.

If interested, where would you point folks towards to learn more?

Individuals that wish to learn more about the plan can visit with anyone in the Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness Office or contact a member of the PBA Committee.  Also, the Marketing Department will be marketing the plan throughout the college in the near future, as well as placing information on MyPortal.

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Outdoor Nation, Campfire Cookout 2017

This series is part of an effort to showcase the many great employees who contribute to teaching and learning efforts at MVC.

Posted on behalf of Lori De La Cruz.

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What teaching and learning opportunity recently occurred at Mountain View College (MVC)?

For the second year, MVC is participating in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, where the goal is to get people doing outdoor activities in a four-week competition. Participants in last year’s competition were asking about it as soon as the fall semester started. After just two weeks, we have more people participating that last year’s total, so it’s catching on!

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What about this topic are you most excited about?

I’m enjoying seeing photos of MVC folks enjoying time outdoors! There are so many photos of families and groups of friends hiking, biking, enjoying the State Fair – the Campus Challenge is not only getting people outside, it’s bringing them together!

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Why is this topic so important to everyone at MVC?

I believe that the more time we spend outdoors, the more appreciation we have for our environment. If you abstain from putting in your earbuds, you’ll hear nature all around you – birds singing, the wind rustling leaves, small animals scurrying for cover when you’re hiking by. Now you’re more apt to notice and care about the litter that is everywhere; plastic bottles, fast food wrappers, snack bags, plastic shopping bags are abundant on our roadways, fields and stream. Hopefully this will affect your behavior in the future and motivate you to organize or participate in a litter cleanup!

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What did participants learn or take away from this experience?

Hopefully, participants will enjoy their time outdoors and will continue to explore and enjoy each other’s company throughout the year.

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What is some of the feedback you received regarding this event?

Most of the comments at the Campus Cookout event were amazed at how the solar ovens and solar grill worked. Cooking solar cake and grilling mini pigs-in-a-blanket were great tools to illustrate the benefits of being outdoors.

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If people would like to learn more about this topic, where would you point them towards?

The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is officially over (for this year), but there are still plenty of reasons to continue enjoying the great outdoors. Winners are being announced now and full details are available at www.OnCampusChallenge.org.

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Participatory Budget

This series is part of an effort to showcase the many great employees who contribute to teaching and learning efforts at MVC.

Posted on behalf of Marsha Peters.

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Can you tell us a little bit about what is happening in your area?

We are preparing for our annual Participatory Budgeting Funding process. Participatory Budgeting is a different way to manage our funding.  It is a democratic process in which our MVC Community can directly decide how to spend part of our budget – it puts our community in the financial driver’s seat. We fund totally based on the decision of the voting body.

What can Mountain View College (MVC) expect regarding this project?

The Participatory Budget allows departments or divisions the opportunity to explore innovative ideas that aligns with DCCCD and MVC strategic goals and directions. This is an excellent opportunity to submit a proposal and receive additional funding to showcase these ideas to our students. This is one important way to increase student retention.

What is the planned timeline for this project?

Information Session September 2017
Proposal Submission October 2017
Participatory Budgeting Project Fair November 2017
Voting November 2017
Winners Announced January 2018 (Convocation)
Project Completion January – August 2018

What is a secret tip to keeping calm during such a process?

Take nothing personal, maintain a sense of humor, and stay focused on the student.

What does finishing this project mean to the MVC?

It means the divisions have met their goals to service the students and their needs. The project aligns with DCCCD’s Strategic Priorities and/or MVC’s Strategic Directions.

What departments or individuals on campus helped bring this initiative to life?

This initiative is a MVC family affair. Every department plays a huge part in the success of this project!

MVC Initiative: Writing Festival

Can you tell us a little bit about what is happening in your area?

We just hosted MVC’s Fifth Annual Culture of Writing Festival, which is an expression of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and its commitment to celebrating cultural voices in our community. The event was a great success, with hundreds of people joining in the festivities.

What can Mountain View College (MVC) expect regarding this project?

The MVC community was able to attend and participate in a variety of workshops, shared-presentations, and performances, which celebrated writing and addressed the academic concept of “Writing across the Curriculum.”

What is the planned timeline for this project?

The Culture of Writing Festival was hosted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in MVC’s Treetop Lounge. Various writing workshops were offered between 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., with a lunch ceremony at 12:30 p.m. and a closing ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

What is a secret tip to keeping calm during such a process?

I believe that the best TWO TIPS for keeping calm are 1) planning ahead and 2) working together as a team. Planning the event as far in advance as possible allows for time to make sure that all necessary resources are secured, all parties involved are informed of important information, all potential attendees can make arrangements to be there, and all extant and potential problems are addressed. Furthermore, it is very important to identify a team of people who are committed to the project and allocate tasks amongst the group accordingly. When there is a network of individuals sharing the workload and responsibilities, it is easier to make sure that everything is taken care of and that no one is overloaded.

What does finishing this project mean to the MVC?

Finishing this year’s Culture of Writing Festival is a great success for MVC in multiple ways. Not only does the COWF support the goals of the QEP (particularly Goal 3: to foster a culture of writing at the college), but it also provides an opportunity for the MVC community to have fun, celebrate writing, and learn/develop important writing skills.

What departments or individuals on campus helped bring this initiative to life?

MVC’s Culture of Writing Festival depends heavily on college-wide cooperation and collaboration. Departments, groups, and individuals who played an instrumental role in this year’s event include (but are not limited to) Prof. Darius Frasure, MVC’s QEP Committee, Jean Baker, the Kevin Williams Writing Lounge (student writing club), the Academic Center for Writing, the Office of Student Life, Herbert McCullough, Daniel Birckbichler, Jennifer McGuire, Prof. Cristina Medina, Prof. Scott Powers, Prof. Luke Story, Stereophonic Fuzz (student musical duo), MVC Media, and Rebecca McDowell.