CCV-Winooski wrapped up its first Science Fair this week, highlighted with a visit and science experiment conducted by Miss Vermont 2015.
There have been reports of busy bees here at CCV even during the between-semester break! We’ve got instructors with news, institutional happenings, staff news, and a bevy of other items to brighten up your January! Give ‘em a read, and send us your notables!
Last year CCV launched the Man Up program in Lamoille County to provide college opportunities to young men in that area. Yesterday, in his State of the State address, Governor Shumlin said he’s taking the program statewide and making it more inclusive.
Attending a big school doesn’t mean you give up the benefits of going to a small school, at least not for CCV-Springfield students.
“We put a lot of thinking into creating good community at CCV through activities and ways that students can connect,” said Deb Grant, an academic coordinator at the College’s Springfield academic center. “So we came up with this great idea to gather, campus-wide, and do a story sharing activity.”
A new semester is upon us and with it comes a fresh slate and the opportunity to succeed. Success, although dependent on certain factors that may be out of our hands, is directly related to the choices we make throughout the semester, particularly when it first begins.
As I sit on the steps of the huge “mushroom” (the Metropol Parasol in Seville) and soak up the lovely sun in this 63 degree weather, I can’t help but think about how much I don’t want to leave to go back home tomorrow morning. As much as I don’t want to go back to the winter wonderland of Vermont, I don’t want to leave Spain for so many more reasons than just the weather.
We are now well into the fall semester and registration for spring and summer 2016 is underway. I’m pleased to report that our fall 2015 enrollment headcount remains stable from last fall, and with that in mind I’d like to inform you of a few of the things we’ve been working on at the College that I believe contributes to CCV’s enrollment numbers remaining strong.
If you’ll recall, last year I challenged staff at the college to reach an orientation enrollment goal of 60% college-wide. I’m pleased to announce that as of this fall, we have met and exceeded our orientation enrollment goal with 62% of CCV students having attended a new student orientation session. We will be working to continue this trend given the evidence that equates orientation completion with increased retention rates.
When it comes to business, the general rule is that word of mouth recommendations are the best kind you can get. When these same types of recommendations are made for CCV, they don’t simply benefit the College, they have the potential to enrich lives, reshape futures, and strengthen Vermont. This is why I feel it’s so important for you, our alumni to remember and recommend CCV, because along with our current students, your voices carry the most weight.
Each spring semester at the College we invite school counselors and community partners to a breakfast at one of our academic centers, giving them the opportunity to learn about CCV’s programs and hear from our students about their experiences.
I attended the student panel in Winooski this spring and was struck by the consistency of what the students shared—they had some questions about whether or not CCV was a “real college” before they came, but after attending CCV they were impressed by the rigor of the coursework and faculty, they talk about the critical role of the supportive academic staff, the benefit of the diversity of students in their classes and the affordability of the college, which for many makes attending college possible.
For CCV student and Vermont State Park Ranger Lisa Liotta, her most recent artworks flow directly from her day job. The time she spends observing the flora and fauna at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester provides her with the subject matter and the inspiration for her stunning watercolors.
Often, when good things happen we say that the stars have aligned. That may or may not literally be what’s happening in the sky at that moment, but whenever it does happen, CCV-St. Johnsbury students will get to see it. Literally.