Take Charge of Your Career

Mountain View College empowers employees by providing them with opportunities for personal growth and professional development. In fact, it’s part of our mission.

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The Opportunity Fund

The Opportunity Funds exists to support the personal growth and professional development of all employees. What about your career are you most passionate about and how can we support your growth at MVC? The Teaching & Learning Committee is proud to support all employees through the Opportunity Fund, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All requests are reviewed according to simple criteria and funding is reimbursed upon reconciliation of travel.

“Every single college employee should take advantage of funds dedicated for growth and development.” Rebecca McDowell, Senior Manager – Organizational Program Development

Opportunity for Every Employee

Opportunity Funds are available to help offset the cost of job-related activities such as conferences, certification, seminars or retreats that directly support the professional growth of individual employees at MVC. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be used for individual travel, hotel, registration, and certification fees, but not for tuition or other costs directly associated with obtaining a degree. All requests are evaluated by the Teaching & Learning Committee.

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Attend, Present, or Get Certified

  • Attend: Attendees receive up to $500 to participate in a seminar, conference, or retreat.
  • Present: Presenters receive up to $1500 to share their knowledge and expertise, while representing MVC at a conference.
  • Get Certified: Those seeking certification in a job-related skill receive up to $1000 in support of their personal growth and development.

Eligibility and Criteria

For complete details, including eligibility requirements, funding criteria, and application process, please review the Opportunity Fund handout (PDF), by visiting:

www.mountainviewcollege.edu/pd

Questions?

For any questions regarding the Opportunity Fund, please contact Rebecca McDowell, Senior Manager – Organizational Program Development.

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October 2018 Workshop Schedule

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Click below to download the current schedule as a PDF.

The Office of Professional Development has helped coordinate and promote various workshops throughout the month. Below, you can view, download, and print the entire schedule of upcoming workshops.

Lynda.com Training Courses

  1. Log into myPortal
  2. Click on Lynda Training (right hand side of screen)
  3. Select course of interest and begin viewing tutorial videos
  4. Upon completion, print out certificate of completion to keep in your records

eConnect Registration Information

  1. Log on to eConnect as an employee and choose “Register for Staff Enrichment” from Employee menu.
  2. Select the current term, choose Mountain View College as the location, and click Submit (or choose another location to see all available training across the district and online).
  3. Select course(s) by checking the selection box(es) to the left and click “Submit.”
  4. Questions? Call the Software Training Support Hotline at 972‐669‐6452 (between the hours of 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday).

Hosting Your Own Workshop?

Interested in hosting your own workshop to share your knowledge, expertise, or passion for teaching and learning? Simply contact the Office of Professional Development (email mvcprofdev@dcccd.edu) and we’ll help coordinate logistics and raise awareness for your event. Our goal is to connect faculty, staff, and administrators across the institution in discipline specific, teaching pedagogy, and leadership opportunities. As a reminder, all requests must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to the workshop scheduled.

Heart of the Headwrap

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What does personal growth and professional development mean to you? Personal growth may be about discovering yourself, exploring identity, embracing new ideas, or expanding your outlook on life. Professional development pertains to acquiring new skills, expanding knowledge, and developing new abilities in support of a successful and fulfilling career. The key is to willingly embrace new opportunities that support personal growth and development.

Most recently, the Heart of the Headwrap session was held in the Cliff Gallery at Mountain View College. Facilitated by Chesley Williams, a visual artist and educator, the session explored the deep history of headwraps, as well as the varied cultural significance.

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The workshop detailed the U.S. history behind headwraps as it related to the 1786 Tignon Law of the Louisiana. The law forced all women of African descent to wear a headscarf in order to oppress beauty and maintain class distinctions. What was meant to suppress women of color however turned into a fashion statement. We discovered multiple styling techniques which embody characteristics of beauty, intelligence, and adaptability through headwraps.

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The experience didn’t stop there! Attendees then applied the concepts covered throughout the presentation and were able to create our own unique headwraps. This portion of the session provided the perfect opportunity to engage with colleagues on a journey of exploration. A winning wrap was also chosen from attendees and awarded the book Headwraps by Georgia Scott.

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To learn more about the Heart of the Headwrap session led by Chesley Williams, please visit www.cantoinettestudios.com or reach out to Chesley directly at CantoinetteStudios@gmail.com or (512) 944-3998.

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September 2018 Workshop Schedule

The Office of Professional Development has helped coordinate and promote various workshops throughout the month. Below, you can view, download, and print the entire schedule of upcoming workshops.

Lynda.com Training Courses

  1. Log into myPortal
  2. Click on Lynda Training (right hand side of screen)
  3. Select course of interest and begin viewing tutorial videos
  4. Upon completion, print out certificate of completion to keep in your records

eConnect Registration Information

  1. Log on to eConnect as an employee and choose “Register for Staff Enrichment” from Employee menu.
  2. Select the current term, choose Mountain View College as the location, and click Submit (or choose another location to see all available training across the district and online).
  3. Select course(s) by checking the selection box(es) to the left and click “Submit.”
  4. Questions? Call the Software Training Support Hotline at 972‐669‐6452 (between the hours of 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday).

Hosting Your Own Workshop?

Interested in hosting your own workshop to share your knowledge, expertise, or passion for teaching and learning? Simply contact the Office of Professional Development (email mvcprofdev@dcccd.edu) and we’ll help coordinate logistics and raise awareness for your event. Our goal is to connect faculty, staff, and administrators across the institution in discipline specific, teaching pedagogy, and leadership opportunities. As a reminder, all requests must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to the workshop scheduled.

Innovations 2018

Wow! What an honor it was to attend Innovations 2018 with my colleagues (aka partners in crime) Steve Sosa and Jennifer McGuire and represent Mountain View College in the process. It was an amazing experience and one we were able to share with a few MVC faculty members as well.

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This Innovations conference is designed to foster innovation in teaching and learning and enhance the higher education experience for students, faculty, and staff. This international event provided a forum for collaboration amongst academic experts and thought leaders in sessions dedicated to teaching and learning, leadership and organization, workforce preparation and development, student success, basic skills, and developmental education. There was truly something for everyone.

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The session we presented focused on professional development and employee engagement. Officially, “Professional Development for the Selfie Generation (and Everyone Else Too)” provided insight into the efforts taken during the past 1.5 years at Mountain View College to increase awareness, engagement, and participation in all-employee events.

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During the session, participants learned the state of professional development as a whole, the challenge of providing a variety of workshops, scheduling all-day events, employee engagement strategies, and ways in which MVC has set out to do things differently. We showcased how professional development could provide a fun and engaging experience at any college (full presentation below).

Attendees walked away with knowledge of social media engagement strategies they could utilize in their own institutions. To say our session was well received was an understatement. Days after our session was presented we still had attendees coming up to us sharing how much they loved our key message and that it was the best session they attended.

It’s a beautiful thing to see others so impressed by what we are doing at MVC and a great assurance that we’re doing some things right. 

For more information on the League of Innovations please visit www.league.org. The next conference is scheduled for February 24-27, 2019 in New York City!

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DCCCD Mentor Network

Dallas County Community College District is launching a new Mentor Network Program for full-time Professional Support Staff and Administrators. Are you interested in becoming a mentor or would you like to be mentored?

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As a mentor, you will enhance your coaching and listening skills while supporting the development of others.

As a mentee, you will build professional networks, gain exposure throughout the Network and hopefully achieve some of your professional and personal goals.

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Additional Information:

  • The overarching goal of employee mentoring within the DCCCD is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-functional learning-centered partnership where mentors and mentees are paired for a mutual discovery process with the intent to achieve specific goals.
  • A DCCCD mentor serves as a guide or learning facilitator in a mentee-driven relationship.  The mentor shares accountability and responsibility for achieving the mentee’s learning goals to foster growth and development.
  • A DCCCD mentee plays the role of an active learner to develop skills, abilities, knowledge, or thinking; and shares the responsibility and accountability for the achievement of goals.
  • A mentor facilitator act as a support during all phases of a mentor and mentee relationship.  Facilitators are trained in strategies and tools mentors and mentees will need to be successful in the critical first 90 days of the relationship throughout closure.  We currently have 18 trained mentor facilitators representing each campus/location throughout the DCCCD.

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Space is limited. Join the DCCCD Mentor Network today! Applications are available online at the Talent Development myPortal site or can be found below:

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Application Period Closes September 8, 2017

Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact Dominic Green at greendl@dcccd.edu or Rebecca McDowell at remcdowell@dcccd.edu.

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Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Program

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Wow, what an honor it was to participate in the Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Program January 30-February 3, led by coaches Scott Miller and Paul Walters. The Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Program was a five-day training program designed to help understand talents and utilize them to reach goals, overcome obstacles, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities, educate others about how to use their strengths, and teach teams to discover, develop, and utilize unique talents for greater team engagement and productivity.

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My Top Five Strengths

  1. Responsibility
  2. Strategic
  3. Woo (Winning Others Over)
  4. Communication
  5. Self-Assurance

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All participants learned how to lead strengths based sessions, methods to develop creative icebreakers, team-building activities, and practices to enrich strengths based coaching. By the fourth day the entire cohort had developed a strong trust amongst each other as well as build new relationships. We even started a group Facebook page to stay connected and share success stories.

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The entire strengths based coaching program ended with reading a winner’s card to the person we coached all week along with their program certification. This is just the first step to becoming a certified coach. I will be taking my certification exam soon as well as coaching 6 individuals before I can fully complete the program. In the coming months you will hear about this unique program and ways in which MVC will integrate this on our very own campus. Stay tuned!

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Additional Resources

To learn more about StrengthsQuest and Gallup Education please visit the following links:

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