2013-2014 Participants

Lynne Nadeau, Director of Tutoring Services, Tutoring Center

Tutoring Center Feasibility Study: Developmental Math Embedded-Tutors Program

Research topic: Determine the feasibility of incorporating other programs into NECC’s Tutoring Center, using the developmental Math embedded-tutors program as a case study

At NECC, it is fairly common for departments or individuals to hire students or professionals to provide student-support services to specified cohorts. Examples include tutors working at the Technology Center to support Computer Science students during open lab hours, tutors hired by the Music Department to work with students outside of class on challenging course work, and classroom assistants supporting instructors during class time. This last example describes the embedded-tutor program developed by Linda Murphy for modular developmental Math classes.

The purpose of this research project is to determine whether these types of services should be managed by NECC’s Tutoring Center and, if so, what resources would make this possible.

The project presentation will consist of:

  • Statement of the project’s purpose
  • Definition of a Tutoring Center tutor: Who is this? What population does he/she serve?
  • Results of interviews
  • Current coordinator, administrative assistant, and assistant dean for embedded-tutor program
  • Supplemental Instruction coordinator and administrative assistant for Tutoring Center
  • Current and proposed revenue streams to support embedded-tutor program in future
  • Resources and personnel required annually
  • Conclusion: analysis of feasibility of embedded-tutors program in the Tutoring Center

Abby Thomas, ESL Coordinator, Dept. of Academic Preparation

New Curriculum Training for ESL

The ESL faculty has changed the ESL curriculum, integrating grammar study into the writing classes. The new curriculum will better help our students to use English in college classes, but it will require different methodology. Many of our adjuncts have been teaching the current curriculum for more than 10 years, and they will need to adapt to be able to teach the new courses. We rely heavily on these adjuncts, and we want to retain them, so I need to create a series of workshops to facilitate this transition.

Lori Smerdon, Staff Associate

Staff Engagement in our College Community

My project will be based on doing a staff survey with other colleges that have a well planned and executed employee campaign/involvement. Next, I am working on creating a survey to my college community asking for input with regard to their commitment to the college whether it be attending fundraising events, making an annual donation or other forms of giving. Then I would like to work on an outline which will inform and engage our employees by creating more of an interactive faculty/staff giving page; visitations; marketing strategies; emphasize the personal connection; make it convenient to give; and then finally making sure there is proper stewardship. Other thoughts with the campaign/project include asking for 100% participation (it’s not about the dollar amount they give); a t-shirt campaign; a logo for the campaign and other personalization to get to the heart of giving with regard to our employees.

Donna Felisberto, Coordinator, Academic Placement & Testing Center

FlexReg & Academic Placement & Testing Services – a web-based online payment system

My Leadership Academy project was to create an online payment option for services in the Academic Placement & Testing Center. This project involved faculty, staff & administrators from key areas.
Payments by money order were the only option for students to pay fees associated with Academic Placement & Testing Services. This project was used to obtain a vehicle and a convenient option for students to pay online for fees; including CLEP/DSST Registrations, Accuplacer Fax/Email requests, Credit for Life Learning Evaluations, Proctored Testing Services and GED Transcript requests.
I worked with key areas to create this project; including the Center for Corporate and Community Education (N0n-Credit Courses), Accounting & Finance, Bursar’s Office, Registrar’s Office, FlexReg Implementation Team, Banner (MIS) and Marketing & Communications.

Brandi Thomforde Enrollment and Planning

Beth Donovan, Strategic Initiatives

NECC High School Partnership Programs

One of the key outcomes of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Vision Project is to increase college participation, specifically focused on increasing the percentage of high school graduates who are going to college – and the readiness of these students for college-level work. Through the Vision Project, public institutions in Massachusetts are partnering with PK12 colleagues to support this effort. For our project we created a way for both internal and external audiences to access information on NECC’s PK12 initiatives. The newly designed NECC web pages showcase the PK12 partnership programs, project descriptions and contact information.

Maria Gonzalez, Academic Counselor-CPAC
Community Building- Faculty/Staff Collaborations

Community Building (developing faculty and staff collaborations)

Vision/Project-To increase faculty and staff collaborations
Description-This is a Community Building project for the betterment of the entire NECC Community.
This project is intended to develop and implement four Friday morning staff/faculty socials where staff and faculty can get to know one another, share important information about their department, and socialize in an informal setting. After the four socials, I will seek feedback from all attendees to see how they see Friday morning socials continuing in the future. The hope will be to continue the collaborations with faculty and staff for years to come.
Outcomes-By doing so, we hope to build community. Benefits will not necessarily be measured quantitatively but I believe the benefits will spread across the college community.

  1. Personal Gains—People need personal connections. We are happier when we have personal connections. These collaborations will give faculty and staff a chance to socialize in an informal setting.
  2. Student Gains-Students will benefit when there is more of a collaborative approach to student support. With staff and faculty having closer relationships, it will allow us to provide more of a “wrap around service” and/or “helping the whole student” model.
  3. College Gains-While these are informal collaborations, I believe the college will see gains with this “Community Building” project. For example, a faculty/ staff collaboration may result in a discussion about the need for a new committee, or a suggestion that was share and brought back to ones existing committee. This area needs to be further defined…

Draft of Details:

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  • 9:00 to 9:15 am., introductions
  • 9:15 to 9:30 am., sharing new/exciting information, student stories, personal stories, department related or committee related news
  • 9:30 to 9:45 am., managers will share any important, relevant information about their respective departments
  • 9:45 to 10:00 am., the group will be encouraged to talk with someone they don’t know- ice breaker questions will be proposed to group.

**And maybe offer “Interest Groups” ie, Thursday night Salsa lessons at the senior center, president’s running club, book club, etc.

Marguerite White-Jeanneau, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Lab Science Program

Using Appreciative Inquiry to Enhance Promotional Strategies for the Lab Science Program

The Lab Science program has gotten a lot of positive feedback from graduates, student externship hosts, and advisory board members. We’d love to be able to use this feedback to better promote the Lab Science Program to potential new students. We do already pursue a lot of different promotional strategies: outreach with high schools, having a lab science faculty spend time helping with advising at the student success center over the summer, talks to ESL classes and social club, working with adult education at the college to develop a STEM academy to help prepare and direct people into the lab science program, giving talks to ESL classes and social club. We also have some great promotional materials the PR department has helped us develop: a brochure, posters, and profiles of several of our graduates. I’d like to explore how we can enhance these strategies using appreciative inquiry strategies to work with our stakeholders (current students, graduates, advisory board members, externship hosts, faculty, etc.) to develop new material for promoting our program.

Joshua Abreu, Retention Specialist – Student Success Center

Bread Loaf – NECC Project

Our goal is to expand opportunities for ALL students, faculty and staff with respect to diversity and inclusion. In this effort, we have developed culturally-centered seminars and writing workshops with BREAD LOAF, a long-standing educational program in Lawrence. Robert Frost (a Lawrence High School graduate), in partnership with Middlebury College, was closely involved with the development of Bread Loaf, a think tank for scholars involved with literacy and effective learning practices.
Introduce NECC Faculty and Staff to the possibilities of creating a dynamic dialog in their own classrooms/professional areas and in all strata at NECC that is taken from the reality of the community. (2) Coach NECC Faculty and Staff on developing a philosophical basis for building community in a NECC classroom/with specific services and throughout the College.
This is an 8-hour Professional Development Program that consists of Culturally-centered Seminars and Writing Workshops. Final Project is a product that integrates 2 to 3 culturally relevant sources into lesson plans/services. Share these sources with the NECC Culture & Equity Libguide and other NECC pertinent venues.

Ricardo Rivera, EDP Systems Analyst in IT NOC
Lenin Tejeda, IT Client Services

Student Orientation Application

We are working to develop a mobile app that will encourage students to visit different locations of the college so they can learn about all the different services the college offers to students (i.e. Student Services, Book Store, Tutoring Services). We plan on encouraging the students to do this by rewarding points for every place they visit and in turn they could trade in the points for certain rewards; some rewards being worth more points and therefore requiring them to visit more places on campus.

Dalisa Diaz, Administrative Assistant

Sustaining Leadership at all Levels Through SSDI

I will be introducing VIA Character strengths in conjunction with the Gallup StrengthsQuest tool to strengthen the participants’ self-awareness so they can become their authentic self in the workplace, leading to the development of their own leadership at NECC. SSDI was instituted to meet NECC’s goal of “leadership at all levels” and it allows for support staff to explore their own leadership as well as investigate the roles of leaders around them in the workplace while learning more about various leadership styles.  Being a graduate and shadowing this year’s SSDI program, while a participant in the NECC Leadership Academy, has given me the ability to envision the further development of the SSDI program. My experience with the first group of SSDI was a very rewarding one and I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue this work and how support staff members can learn about their own character strengths as well as how we see one another as a whole.