Students have varying experiences at college. We all know this. But instructors attending CCV’s annual faculty retreat last week were given a much clearer picture of how social class affects student engagement and in turn, student achievement.
Stay focused and never give up. Almost 600 CCV students were given that advice on Saturday when the College conferred associate degrees on members of the Class of 2015.
“Life, like so many valuable lessons, will not come easily or without its own set of challenges,” said student speaker Ashlee Brady-Kelly. “There may be times where it would be easier to succumb, than to thrive; to conquer. However I encourage you, no I beg you, please do not give up on yourself and never, never give up on your goals. It is in the most trying times that knowledge is gained and strength earned.”
Check out photos from CCV’s 48th Commencement Ceremony held on June 6, 2015 at Norwich University. Nearly 600 students representing all 14 Vermont counties, 13 states and 10 countries were represented.
College will change your life. There’s a hackneyed phrase if ever there was one, but for CCV grads this year, there’s real truth behind that thought.
“The people at CCV gave me my life back, they gave me my identity back and there are no words of gratitude or actions that can be taken to make up for that,” said Ashlee Brady-Kelly. “I definitely plan to come back and visit and to help in any way I can.”
Summer is about to kick off and with it comes a whole host of sweet courses at CCV!
While summer usually denotes lazing around, frequenting local swimming holes or kicking back with friends, summer is also the perfect opportunity to earn college credits and get a jump start before the fall semester.
Not sure if taking summer classes is worth it at all? Think again.
One of the challenges CCV faces as a result of our statewide presence is that our faculty is spread out across Vermont, in other states, and even in other countries. As a result, we have found that we must take a more active role in developing opportunities through which faculty can interact with and learn from each other, regardless of physical location.
One way that we build community among faculty is through our faculty retreat, which is held annually at Lake Morey Resort. The two-day retreat allows faculty to work with each other in hands-on seminars and workshops targeted specifically at strengthening pedagogical techniques and developing goals and priorities for the classroom. This year’s retreat has been scheduled for June 18 and 19 and will feature presentations by April Yee and Naomi Davidson.
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.
Walk through the halls of CCV Montpelier and you’ll notice words such as Maybe! and IF staring you in the face. The words, along with a number of additional pieces, are part of the center’s latest art show, which features the work of Montpelier-based artist Sayward Schoonmaker.
In a world in which many of us navigate via Google Maps, CCV-Springfield instructor Brad Houk has taken a different route, and his students are more than happy follow him.
“I like to create maps that make a difference concerning social issues,” Houk says.