Career Center now reporting to RISE Learning Institute

RISE logo resizeInstruction is pleased to welcome the Center for Career Connections (CCC), which is now reporting to Gita Bangera, Dean of the Research, Innovation, Service, and Experiential Learning Institute (RISE) .  Gita and CCC’s director, Cheryl Vermilyea, are dedicated to the center’s effectiveness, focusing on engaging industry and securing funding to support innovative collaborations.  Gita reports that “this focus is critical as employers seek new skills to meet the demands of the 21st-century workplace and funders make experiential learning experiences, high job placement outcomes, and industry collaboration a requirement for successful awards and continuing support.”

The CCC team continues to participate in area economic development visioning conferences, industry-focused partnership planning enclaves, and trend analysis conferences to increase knowledge of the economic landscape and promote awareness of industry needs to guide the program’s strategic planning.

The Core Mission of CCC

  • Help make Bellevue College a destination college of choice by providing students extensive experiential learning opportunities, motivating their persistence in college, informing their career choices, and giving them a competitive edge in achieving their career goals.
  • Meet the needs of faculty for industry support for new baccalaureate programs, collaborative projects, grant-funded proposals, curricular initiatives, and exceptional professional development opportunities.
  • Benefit the entire college community by developing collaborative industry initiatives in STEM and emerging fields.
  • Enhance the efforts of the college foundation through strong company relationships and alliances.

Career advancement programs managed by the Center for Career Connections include:

  • Career Connections Initiatives such as group work, individualized consultations, online tools, networking events, and focused industry events aimed at connecting students and participating community members with industry members, internships, and jobs.
  • Experiential Learning Academic Program, which offers credit classes that support experiential learning goals and incorporate industry connections as a key component.
  • Veterans Project Succeed; Career Connections for Veterans and Spouses, which focuses on the needs of veterans for internships, experience in the civilian workplace, and industry connections.
  • Women’s Career Connections Program, which helps women make industry connections and gain workplace experience.
  • STEM to Stern Cohort Program, which connects STEM students with industry professionals and experiential learning opportunities. Since inception, cohort student persistence in STEM averages 92%, well above the national rate of about 40%.
  • S-STEM Scholars Network, which provides low-income students in the STEM to Stern Program with scholarship funds.
  • Work-Study Career Development Program, which provides front-end support to students gaining valuable workplace skills and experience within the college or with community organizations.
  • Student and Employer Survey Evaluation of Prof/Tech Programs. This detailed annual survey of professional-technical graduates and their employers is used by programs to evaluate their ongoing effectiveness and for major program review.

Strategic Plan alignment:.

  • SP 1.4. Encourage and share best practices in research-based learning design and implementation (Teaching and Learning Excellence).
  • SP 4.1. Forge strong relationships with community partners—employers, pre-K-12, higher education institutions, community organizations, service groups, businesses, neighbors—to build and sustain relevant programs (Community Engagement and Enrichment).
  • SP 5.5. Explore funding alternatives, being deliberate about what funding we pursue (College Life and Culture).
  • SP 6.6 Maintain an environment that supports innovation and risk taking (College Life and Culture).
  • AMP 3.2 Establish an environment that enables the teaching and learning of success skills:  Create an educational design lab for team-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that utilizes real world challenges primary research opportunities, and project-based learning.





Applied Baccalaureate Development

Female Grads resizeIn alignment with Strategic Goal 1.2 , “Forge leadership and participation in new initiatives, certificates, and degrees that meet the needs of the region such as expanded baccalaureate programs,”  the Office of Instruction is pleased to announce that Bellevue College won approval for two new applied bachelor degrees in December 2015: Health Promotion Management (HPM) and
Healthcare Management and Leadership (HCML). 

The HPM BAS degree will prepare graduates to undertake a wide array of positions in health and wellness, including health educators, health promotion work-life specialists, health and wellness coaches and wellness consultants.  The HCML BAS degree will prepare graduates for supervisory roles in healthcare systems and facilities.

The HPM and the HCML degrees differ in whom they serve. The former degree trains graduates for positions in preventive care – working with people to prevent illness. The latter trains graduates to manage healthcare facilities – treating people who are ill.  Both the HPM and the HCML degree programs reside within the Health Sciences, Education and Wellness Institute (HSEWI).

To win approval, both degrees completed rigorous 18 month evaluation processes, submitting and presenting Statement of Needs, Program Proposals and Prospectuses before the BC Curriculum Advisory Committee, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and the Northwest Commission for Colleges and Universities.

These two new degrees raise the total number of bachelor degrees offered by BC to 10. They join: Data Analytics, Applied Accounting, Healthcare Technology and Management, Information Systems & Technology, Interior Design, Nursing, Radiation & Imaging Sciences and Molecular Biosciences.  Both Programs will begin enrolling students in fall 2016.

Read more in an article featured in the Bellevue Reporter.




Gen Ed Task Force Makes Recommendations

general-education-coursesBy Rebecca Cory

Assessment activities can feel engaging and exciting if there is a clear usefulness to the data that is being generated. Useful data that could be extrapolated to the program level or even college wide would help us find that the assessment was more meaningful and help faculty become more engaged in the assessment process. To that end, a General Education Task Force was created to make recommendations on how the faculty revamp the assessment process. Taking into consideration the need for the data to meet accreditation requirements as well as faculty bandwidth for new projects and best practices in student assessment, the Task Force came up with a set of recommendations. Those have been approved by Vice President of Instruction, Tom Nielsen and he has charged the Faculty Assessment Coordinating Team (FACT) with the implementation.

The Task Force was made of mostly faculty, with the following members: Virginia Bridwell, Rebecca Cory, Art Goss, Jorja Gunderson (left the college summer of 2015), Carol Leffall, Jennie Mayer (left the task force while on sabbatical fall of 2015) Laura Nudelman, and Caleb Teel.

The idea behind the recommendations is to create an assessment that is applicable cross discipline so that we can compare the ways that students meet the general education requirements across campus. In general, faculty in general education courses will be asked to map the general education outcome to a specific assessment in their class. Then, when the students complete that assessment, the faculty will rate them on a 1-4 scale using a common rubric. That number will be reported to a centralized data base. Over time we should be able to see how various groups stack up on their learning and as a whole if our students are learning what we claim they are. The data will be generally available campus wide, so faculty can see how students in their discipline are doing as well.

For details on the Gen Ed Task Force recommendations, see their report, located on SharePoint HERE.



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This year we have worked to align our goals and objectives with institutional strategic plans and core themes; create innovative, informative and challenging courses; and improve and enhance the overall quality of all methods of curriculum delivery. We have also focused efforts to improve our services, streamline our processes, and create a supportive and inclusive environment for our diverse student population with the goal of providing them the greatest opportunity for educational and personal success.

One of our primary objectives this year has been to build a culture of effective, balanced, and professional communication.  This blog serves to contribute to that effort by offering important updates and messaging from instructional leadership.

Along with regular messages from the Vice President, we look forward to directing your attention to important dates and events, sharing what we learn from workshops and conferences, posting notes from institutional cabinets and councils, linking to interesting articles and activities, and celebrating accomplishments of faculty and staff as relates to Instruction at Bellevue College.



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