Thursday, July 30, 2009

CCV Welcomes United Way Resource Coordinator Lisa Jensen

Beginning this month, Lisa Jensen from the United Way of Chittenden County will be working part-time at CCV’s Burlington and Montpelier locations as a On-Site Resource Coordinator. Her role is to work with students who need help finding community resources to support their ability to stay in school, maintain jobs, etc. Sometimes, life outside of the classroom can make it very difficult to stay focused on your studies… and Lisa is here to help! This might include getting help finding childcare, transportation, fuel assistance, locating counseling services, and much much more!

Lisa will be available via phone or web conference. She will also be working from CCV Montpelier on Mondays from 10 AM to 2 PM and CCV Burlington on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 PM. (Schedule may change for the fall semester.) To contact Lisa or to schedule an appointment with her, you can call her at 802-922-6297 (mobile) and 802-828-4063 (CCV office) or email her at lisa.jensen@ccv.edu.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) Open House

Gabrielle Dietzel from the Vermont State Colleges' Office of External Programs will be visiting CCV Burlington on Monday, July 27, from 5 – 6 pm to hold a drop-in open house about Assessment of Prior Learning (APL). If you interested in earning credit for your life and work experiences, you should consider attending! The event will be held at CCV Burlington's 110 Cherry St. building in room 301.


Want to know when CCV is offering the APL course this fall? If so, click here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pantry Party Update

Three CCV students from Burlington’s spring ‘09 Social Problems (SOC-1030) class are organizing the upcoming “Pantry Party” that we told you about in last week's blog entry. This fundraiser is for a food pantry n the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The students helped rebuild the pantry in May as a part of the class’s service learning trip to Louisiana. All proceeds from the event will go toward bringing the food pantry up to code so the residents of this community can get the help they need. Here are some updated details regarding this great event:

Date: Saturday, July 25
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Designhaus (22 Church St., Burlington, 2nd Floor)

7 musical acts including:
Bob Wagner Band
Toothache
June Debris
Parmaga
Lady Lioness
Fever Breakers
Thanks Dude!

Tons of raffle prizes including:
Breakfast for two from Penny Cluse
10 free yoga class pass from Evolution Yoga
A bag of over $200 worth of products from The Clothing Line
$20 gift certificate from Kiss the Cook
$25 gift certificate from the Bern Gallery
5 pendants from Tradewinds
2 Saturday day passes to the Liberate Festival
1 Tick Tick t-shirt

Suggested entrance donation is $6. We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Ginevra Shay, CCV class of 2009, at ginevrashay@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

CCV Students Organize Fundraiser for 9th Ward Food Pantry

Three CCV students from Burlington’s spring ‘09 Social Problems (SOC-1030) class are organizing the upcoming “Pantry Party” fundraiser for a food pantry n the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The students helped rebuild the pantry in May as a part of the class’s service learning trip to Louisiana. All proceeds from the event will go toward bringing the food pantry up to code so the residents of this community can get the help they need.

The event is taking place on Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 PM at Designhaus (22 Church St., Burlington, 2nd Floor). It will feature seven musical acts including the Bob Wagner Band, Toothache, June Debris, Parmaga, Lady Lioness, Fever Breakers and Thanks Dude! There will also be raffles of local goods and services such as yoga classes, a meal at Penny Cluse and art!

Suggested entrance donation is $6. We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Ginevra Shay, CCV class of 2009, at ginevrashay@gmail.com.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

QUOTES MISLEADING

Karen Geiger, a CCV alumna and staff member, recently had a letter to the editor regarding CCV published in Seven Days. Below, is her letter which can also be found by clicking here (scroll to the bottom). Thanks for speaking up Karen!




Let me first say thank you for your recent comments in the “Facing Facts” section of Seven Days. It’s nice to see the Community College of Vermont receive some much-deserved kudos for the role they play throughout the state. That being said, I must ask why you felt it necessary to use the quotation marks around the word college in your statement? CCV is an accredited institution with over 7500 graduated alums. Next year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary as a college, and we have 17 different associate-degree programs available to students. We have transfer agreements with 16 colleges and universities, including St. Michael’s College, the University of Vermont, and several out-of-state colleges. We are a leader in online learning. Our students go on to attend not only the usual in-state colleges, but Tufts University and Smith. This year alone, several of them graduated from Smith’s Ada Comstock Scholars program — no small feat, I can assure you.

We have wonderful, healthy partnerships with other area agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The Boys and Girls Club and area high schools strongly benefit from these commitments. The class Introduction to College Studies allows students to enroll at CCV while attending their junior and senior years of high school. During this class they learn skills they will need to help them succeed in future college courses, and when they pass the course are given a voucher for a free, college-level class.

In tandem with the Vermont Department of Labor we now offer a Career Readiness Certificate. This course is designed specifically for people not currently attending college classes. By the end of the semester, men and women have developed higher skills in résumé writing, interview techniques and other professional abilities to help them succeed in today’s difficult job market.

So, please, sing our praises! But don’t think for a minute we aren’t a real “college.” We work hard to give students the tools they need to compete in our ever-changing world. And I don’t just work for the college; I’m also a proud alumna, class of 2000.

Karen Geiger
BURLINGTON
Geiger is an administrative assistant at CCV.