Skill Training

Enhance Your Skills – Broward College Offers Free Workforce Courses During COVID-19

A new reality has emerged due to the current COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has changed the world as we know it – from safety precautions that will become our new normal to a new dynamic in the workforce, evolution is inevitable. The economic impact of COVID-19 is still being assessed, but as of April, the United States’ unemployment rate increased to 14.7 percent from the 3.5 percent it previously recorded in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. 

Although there is a high level of uncertainty regarding the jobs that will still exist post-pandemic or new ones that will emerge, industry leaders strongly suggest that people take this time to learn or enhance their skill set. Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, explains to The Chicago Tribune that people should focus on gaining the skills that will be valuable when the economy starts rolling again. That is going to differ depending on the field you’re in, but online learning is probably going to be the way to go, whether you are looking to gain skills that will be needed in your industry or if you are looking to transition into another field.”  

Skill TrainingTo assist those affected by job loss, or people looking to upskill, Broward College launched a series of free Workforce Education Non-Credit courses for residents looking to expand their qualifications and skills. The courses vary from self-development to specialized training, which is free of cost and self-paced to allow participants to complete in a little as a month. Participants will have up to three months to complete the course load and final exam, after which they will receive a certificate of skill or industry certification. The courses are open to everyone, although there are some specific to Broward UP. Broward UP, the UP, meaning “unlimited potential,” continues efforts to improve the lives of residents in Broward County zip codes with disproportionately high unemployment rates, low education attainment, and low household income. Broward UP focuses on communities in these zip codes: 33069, 33319, 33309, 33313, 33311 and 33023. 

The price for the Open Access and Retail course certificates is usually $199, while the average cost of Broward UP courses is $499. 

What’s available? 

Open Access Courses – these courses help strengthen necessary business skills that align with your profession or can be used for personal development. 

  • Creating Webpages 
  • Creating WordPress Websites 
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management  
  • Successful Job Search  
  • Keys to Effective Communication  
  • Managing Customer Service 
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet 
  • Personal Finance 
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring 

Additional Training and Certification 

Specialized training in Integrating Technology in the Classroom is available to teachers who live and work in one of the BROWARD UP zip codes. They can access this by reaching out to ce@broward.edu. 

A Retail Industry Specialist course is also available to students who meet the established industry standard and allows them to further their education in the field. 

Broward UP Courses 

To find out more about the online courses offered through Broward UP, contact gklonari@broward.edu. 

Get the edge you need to achieve your goals. Detailed course descriptions and registration is available here or email ce@broward.edu. 


The Future Frontline Workers - Nursing Graduates Participate in Drive Through Ceremony

In an emotional parade, led by an ambulance and firetruck, sirens blaring, scores of vehicles streamed onto the Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. It was not a sad occasion, but rather tears of joy, excitement, and a grand finale to celebrate the 116 nursing graduates, who had pushed through the challenges of the current pandemic to complete their program.

The 90-minute Drive Through Pinning and Carnation ceremony on Friday, May 8, part of Nurses Week,  replaced the traditional candlelight ceremony to recognize the braveness and achievement of nursing graduates.

Keeping the Tradition Alive in Uncertain Times

It’s a tradition for many nursing schools, including Broward College, to celebrate their graduating class with a pinning and candlelight ceremony during which students take the Nightingale Pledge, named after the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. At Broward College, each campus also holds a carnation parade on the first day that students wear their traditional white nursing uniforms and caps.

With the need to adhere to social distancing, these traditions have evolved for everyone’s safety. Letting the accomplishment of the class of 2020 go without acknowledgment was not on table for faculty and staff of the College’s nursing department. Sara Turpel, the dean, along with faculty and members of her administrative team, put together this alternative celebration.

The Parade

Some graduates drove together with peers, others brought their families with them, and many decorated their vehicles. Some wore their nursing student uniforms, while others wore white nursing graduation uniforms and caps.  Graduates followed a processional line, where Dean Turpel and her team presented them with a candle, a copy of the Nightingale Pledge, their Broward College nursing pin and a flower. As a token, Dean Turpel also provided students with a personal note.

Graduates, like Sophia Vazquez, considered among the next set of frontline heroes in the fight against COVID-19, were grateful for the celebration.

“As I return home from the parade and all the emotions are settling in, I can’t help but express my gratitude to you and all of the BC nursing staff,” wrote Sophia in a thank you note.  “Thank you so much for planning the parade and finding a way to celebrate our accomplishment! It was the closure that I needed, and I am truly touched by the experience. It was so heartwarming to see all of your faces and to see some of the professors who poured so much time and energy into our education.”

Broward College Nursing Graduates Among the Best

Many Broward College nursing graduates are currently serving on the frontline during COVID-19, and these graduates will join them. The College’s Nursing graduates have a stellar record of success in the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In  2019, more than 96 percent of graduates of the College’s Nursing program passed the exam, and the most recent Florida placement data has shown that over 98 percent are currently in the workforce across the state.

Despite the challenges many college students are facing while they pursue their academic goals, Broward College nursing graduates proved their resilience as they continue to prepare for their certification exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. The significance of their most recent achievement is weightier these days as they step into a global pandemic front line.

Congratulations to our exceptional graduates!

You can help others through a career in Nursing. You can begin your academic journey at Broward College. Learn more about Nursing and other professions in the Health Sciences here.


Renee Barrera

Reaching the Goal – A Personal Reflection from a Nursing Graduate During COVID-19

May 6 to 12 is Nurses Week under the theme, Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.’  

As we celebrate the work of these frontline caregivers, we also pause to recognize the 116 Broward College nursing graduates who completed their training this term. They were required to make a hard transition week away from the finish line, and they did.  Unable to gather for their usual candlelight ceremony, the graduates will be recognized at a drive-through pinning commemoration at the A. Hugh Central Campus in Davie tomorrow.  

Among them is Renee BarreraIn this moving reflection, she shares with us her journey to this accomplishment. As she looks back at her challenging but rewarding journey, Renee also offers her thoughts on the near future as she joins the frontlines of a global pandemic. Read her story below. 

Renee Barrera
Renee Barrera

I have been thinking about writing this paper since the day it was mentioned on the first campus lab day. Ive sat down alone with my thoughts with intentions to start this paper many times since then. But each time I did so, I became very overwhelmed with emotions, and I put it away to start another day. Even now, as I am writing this, I feel very emotional. 

My journey to get to where I am today - hours away from being officially recognized as a graduate nurse has been a very long and tedious one. I distinctly remember the day I first spoke into existence, my dream of becoming a nurse. I was sitting in front of a prospective employer, and during the interview process, he asked me what I saw myself doing in five years. I answered, “Five years from now, I hope to have my nursing degree and be working in an Operation Room as an OR nurse.” That was in 2009.  

I didn’t begin my college journey until 2012. I was upset with that same employer and thinking about quitting. On a whim, I applied to Palm Beach State College to begin my nursing prerequisites. I was accepted immediately. He fully encouraged that decision. And there I was -  a newly divorced single mother with four children and a college studentIt was a difficult road. Between working full time, taking care of my children, and being a part-time night student, it took me five years to finish my prerequisites. It was a long period filled with ups and downs, quitting and restarting, doubting myself and my choices, and I was even jealous of the younger, kid-free students in my classes. The one thing that kept me going was the way my children looked up to me. The way they spoke of me, with such pride in their voices when people would ask them what their mommy did for work. I couldn’t quit, because, in their little eyes, I was achieving greatness despite my personal feelings of failing them for being gone so much.  

I spent most of 2017 applying to the nursing program at PBSC. I placed on the waitlist for both the spring and the fall semesters. I was upset and discouraged. Frustrated, I applied to the Broward College Nursing program, even though it was an hour away from my home. I submitted the application four days before the deadline for summer and received my acceptance within a week of applying. I was beyond relieved and excited, and so were my children. By then, six years had gone by, and my children weren’t babies anymore. They were middle school and high school-aged. They fully understood the magnitude of what I was about to do. I went to the orientation, feeling like I had finally made itThen, just three days into the program, I experienced my very first nursing school-related sacrifice: I missed my daughter’s high school graduation. It was the same day as my second mandatory campus lab day. I was devastated to miss such an important milestone in her life. 

Throughout the last two years, I have made many more sacrifices to complete the Nursing program. I remember my nursing coworkers telling me stories of how hard nursing school was for them. I also remember thinking to myself, “it can’t be that bad, or no one would ever do it.” I laugh at myself now for feeling that way. It is absolutely as hard as they all said it would be, and then some!  

When I was in Process II (a Clinical lab), I used to daydream of what it would be like to be at the end of this program, about to graduate. The thoughts of wearing white, wearing the nursing pin, lighting, and holding the candle, reciting the oath with some of the closest friends who have endured this journey with me by my side. It was supposed to be an amazing end to a very long and trying journey. I never imagined it would end without any of that. If I had known March 13 would be the last day in the classroom with my classmates and friends, I would have made sure to make it special. None of us knew that we would most likely not see each other again, let alone not have a fitting end to our journey 

I always knew that graduating and beginning a new job as a nurse would be nerve-wracking and scary, but exciting too. It is something I have looked forward to, but now, now it’s just scary. The excitement is gone. However, this is what I have aspired to do for the last eight years of my life, and I will do it because it’s my calling. Despite the fear and uncertainty, I will be the best nurse I can be for my patients. It is not happening at all the way I imagined it would, but at least I made it here! 

So, to answer the original question of “what were your experiences and thoughts as you transition into the graduate nurse role” in short, I’m scared. But eager to get out there and help any way I can because caring for the ones who can’t care for themselves is what makes me feel like a good person and brings me happiness.   

Tomorrow, Renee will have a personal cheerleading team as she is accompanied in her car by her four children, aged 20, 16, 15 and 14 years old, to receive her pin and carnation from the nursing faculty. Nurses make many sacrifices, to be A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.’ We salute Renee and all our Nursing graduates – congratulations and thank you! 

Do you feel called to pursue a career in nursing? Find out more about that career and other Health Sciences programs offered at Broward College here 


Broward College Recognizes the 2019-2020 Professors of the Year

For our faculty, providing students with the best education possible is an essential part of their job. Still, many take that responsibility seriously and go beyond the call of duty to ensure student success. Every year, Broward College takes pride in honoring some of our outstanding faculty members for their work inside and outside the classroom. 

This year, even as we face the challenge of a pandemic that changed the traditional classroom experience for many students and faculty, it is just as important to recognize the commitment, dedication, and creativity faculty display in serving students.  The 2019-20 Professor of the Year Awards celebrates nine outstanding full-time and part-time professors on each of the College’s main campuses, including online. The professors, some of whom are Broward College alumni, were nominated by their peers and students. A committee reviewed the nominations on each campus. 

The awardees are:  

A.Hugh Adams Central Campus

Laura Raymond
Laura Raymond

Professor Laura Raymond is a proud Broward College alumna and the first in her family to attend college. She graduated with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies. Professor Raymond went on to earn Bachelor of Arts in Communicationsand a master’s in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida. She joined Broward College in 2014 and currently teaches Introduction to Speech Communication and Public Speaking. Professor Raymond also serves as the Chair for the Gay-Straight Alliance and NextGen clubs at the College. 

Dr. Noelle Crooks
Dr. Noelle Crooks

Dr. Noelle Crooks has been an assistant professor of Psychology at Broward College since 2014. She is the co-advisor of the Broward College chapter of the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology and the Central Campus Psychology Club and was also a recipient of an Aspen Faculty Innovation Grant for her work on the #firstgenproud campaign which focused on first-generation college students at Broward College. Dr. Crooks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Wesley B. Wright
Wesley B. Wright

Professor Wesley B. Wright is another Broward College graduate. He holds degrees in Print Media, Creative Writing, and a specialty in Forensic Linguistics. He teaches in the English department. Before joining Broward College as a professor, he was awarded multiple gold and platinum albums as a successful musician and songwriter. Professor Wright believes that the key to being a successful professor is having an interactive relationship with every student in the classroom. 

 

Michael O Neill
Michael O Neill

Professor Michael O’Neill joined Broward College in 2011 and has taught National Government, Introduction to International Relations, State and Local Government courses, as well as Strategies for Success. Professor O’Neill earned a master’s in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. He has also worked with the Broward College Academy at Central and North Campuses since 2014. 

 

North Campus 

Valorie Elbert
Valorie Elbert

Professor Valorie Elbert joined Broward College in 2001, first as an adjunct professor, then and transitioned to full-time in 2017. She is an assistant professor of English on North Campus and the North Campus Honors Coordinator. Professor Ebert is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the many intersections of science fiction and fantasy literature. She is also the first vice president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and serves as the chair of the Honors Committee. 

Judson A. Samuels South Campus 

Rhonda Bob
Rhonda Bob

Professor Rhonda Bob  has served at Broward College for more than 20 years. She is an assistant professor of English for Academic Purposes on South Campus, where she teaches Grammar and Composition, Phonetics and Communication, and Reading. Professor Bob is a 2020-2022 faculty senator and has been accepted into the 2020 Cohort of the President’s Leadership Academy. She was also the 2014-15, 2015-16 Broward College South Campus Adjunct Professor of the Year. 

Dr. Brandi Coverson-Ridore
Dr. Brandi Coverson-Ridore

Dr. Brandi Coverson-Ridore  joined Broward College in 2011, teaching Introduction to Public Speaking and Introduction to Communication courses. Professor Coverson-Ridore holds a Bachelor of Science in media and Communications, a Master of Arts in Media and Communication, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education. With more than ten years’ experience teaching at various institutions, she loves motivating students inside and outside of the classroom. 

Online 

Jillian Wojcik
Jillian Wojcik

Professor Jillian Wojcik is a professor of Psychology who has taught at the College for more than seven years. In addition to teaching, Professor Wojcik designed the four fully online Psychology courses offered by Broward College Online. She completed the year-long course in Effective Teaching Practices through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) while also serving as a member of the General Education Task Force. Professor Wojcik is also a Quality Matters Certified Master Reviewer, serving on national peer review teams to improve online course quality. 

Jason Aiken
Jason Aiken

Professor Jason Aiken joined Broward College in the fall of 2015. He teaches Economics. He began his career as a professor in 2005, serving in the Broward County Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Professor Aiken serves on the Broward UP Retention Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Math-Economics and Physics from Ithaca College in New York and has made academic contributions to the Florida Council on Economic Education.  

Congratulations to our 2019-20 Professors of the Year!  

You can explore Broward College’s main campuses and partnership centers and what they have to offer here. 

Learn more about Broward College and its exceptional faculty by visiting www.broward.edu. 


Philip Velez

#BCPROUD on the Frontlines – Philip Velez’ Role in Supply Chain During COVID-19

Whether it is a knock on the door, a ringing phone, an e-mail, handling invoices, checking stocks, or delivering supplies, for Philip Velez, a day at the office does not slow down. And that’s a regular day. With the COVID-19 outbreak, being the Director of Inventory and Supply for the Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) has become even more demanding. 

In December 2019, Philip culminated his studies at Broward College and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management. At that point, he already held the title of Director at MHS. Still, even as he celebrated his academic achievement, Philip never imagined what awaited him just a few months down the road and the critical role he would play in the fight against a pandemic. 

A Day in the Life... 

Philip’s job requires him to oversee the inventory of medical supplies from band-aids and syringes to personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and gowns. 

Philip Velez
Philip Velez

“It is my responsibility to make sure the hospital has enough supplies every day, from the personal protective equipment used by doctors and nurses to the equipment used on patients,” explains Philip. “With COVID-19, it’s become even more crucial that my team and I are on top of the demand for these supplies. We have teams of doctors dedicated solely to the virus, but we also have all our regular patients, so there has been a surge in demand for a lot of the medical supplies we deal with,” he says. 

As if that were not grueling enough, Philip doesn’t stay behind the desk. Still, he is up and running as he takes it upon himself to personally asses the stock of supplies on the upper floors and makes the deliveries necessary to support his team. 

Supply Chain During COVID-19 

While he currently holds a job in the healthcare industry, which is experiencing the most significant and most critical shortages of equipment, Philip has kept a close eye to the Supply Chain industry overall. “It’s scary and worrisome to see the global impact that this virus is having on the industry of supply chain which touches everything that we do, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. I’ve been on top of the developments outside healthcare as well, and this crisis is impacting everyone,” he says. 

A Challenge to Overcome 

Philip never imagined he would one day be on the frontline of a crisis like this. It has a personal and professional impact on him and his colleagues. "Personally, it takes a toll on all of us that have to be in the frontlines. We are sacrificing time with our families because we can't risk putting them in danger. I haven't been able to see my son and hug him in weeks because I know that with my exposure, it's very likely I could be infected," he says. "Professionally, I've never seen such a huge amount of supplies that have come in since all of this began, and we still have seen shortages in certain items. It's also been astounding the number of hours, everyone, around here, from my team and I to all the medical personnel, are putting in to help and somehow control the situation." 

Broward College Strengthens His Expertise 

When Philip decided to pursue a degree in Supply Chain Management, he already had almost ten years of experience in the field. In fact, he had applied for the Director's job before applying to Broward College. "My supervisors approached me once they saw I had applied for the position and asked if I was willing to further my education, which I was, but I just was unsure of exactly what degree to pursue," he explains. After some research, Philip found the Supply Chain Management program at Broward College and knew immediately that his search was over. 

"Even with my previous experience in the industry, what I learned at Broward College was of tremendous help at work. I already had the Director job, and sometimes I would come into work and realize that something I had learned in class the previous day would help out tremendously, and that's how it was," he says. "And during this pandemic, I'm applying the knowledge from the College, and it's been of so much help." 

You can join Philip and many other Supply Chainprofessionals with a degree from Broward College. Learn more about this field and other career opportunities within Industry, Manufacturing, Construction, and Transportation at Broward College. 


Rachel Guran

#BCPROUD on the Frontline – Healthcare Worker Rachel Guran Experiences COVID-19 Firsthand

On a typical day, it's a 24/7 work shift as the Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention for Rachel Guran. Her journey to this position at Memorial Healthcare System took her along the path of several degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology, a master's degree in Public Health, and the latest one, completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing at Broward College. 

"I was recommended to attend nursing school because I wanted to do epidemiology in a hospital setting, so having the hands-on experience as a nurse would give me an advantage when dealing with patients," Rachel explains. "Broward College was highly recommended to me by my supervisors because of its outstanding nursing program, and as I went through it, I couldn't have been happier with my choice." 

During this current COVID-19 pandemic, the responsibility and demands of her job are at an all-time high. To Rachel, however, who sees her position as a 'dream job,' it's just another day at the office. 

"Even with my experience in the field of infection and disease control, this is an unprecedented situation, but it is so with every new virus or bacteria that we come across," she explains. 

A Day in the Life... 

Rachel Guran
Rachel Guran

As Director of Epidemiology and infection Prevention, Rachel is always on call. Her team of Infection Preventionists walk the corridors of the hospital daily to ensure the implementation of safety and prevention protocols. Rachel also assists and educates hospital staff, patients, and the general public on measures to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. 

“My everyday job is to keep everyone at the hospital and the community as safe as possible and prevent the spread of any infection or disease that may originate from our hospital,” says Rachel. 

In order to educate others, Rachel must remain on top of the latest data and information available. During the current pandemic, she is continually referring to the information released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health. She then holds informational sessions and “Just in Time” training for hospital staff in accordance with these updates. 

“In times like this, it’s when we must heighten how important epidemiology is,” adds Rachel. “Thanks to epidemiologists, we can understand risk factors and, as a result, establish the effective prevention methods we see now, such as social distancing. We are turning to them to learn how we can prevent COVID-19 and other viruses like it in the future.” 

Healthcare During COVID-19 

“Currently, we see everything in our job as it relates to the pandemic,” Rachel explains. “We are heightening our regular precautions and measures to prevent or at least minimize the spread of the virus in our community.” 

For healthcare workers like Rachel, protocols like regularly washing hands or carefully removing of their work clothes before entering their house was the norm even before this crisis. However, many of these measures are now a part of the general public’s routine, as well. For example, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is now part of the CDC guidelines, as well as part of Rachel’s everyday job.  

"One of the topics we are focused on -- because it's crucial that the general public knows and understands it -- is the appropriate use of PPE. It's not just about wearing a mask and gloves; it's about the proper use and disposal of such equipment to avoid cross-contamination." 

A Career in Healthcare 

The health industry's career possibilities are endless, whether as a frontline employee such as a nurse or doctor or an administrative role. There is no rulebook on the best academic path to follow in pursuit of a profession in the industry. In Rachel's case, she has a hands-on background with degrees in Psychology, Epidemiology, and Nursing, but whatever path you choose depends purely on your passion. 

"To do the type of job I do, you must love to learn. This job requires you to be constantly on the lookout for new information and data, and to be a great communicator to pass that knowledge on," she said. 

As parting advice, Rachel is determined to highlight the importance of the oldest trick in the book to remain healthy. 

"There's no such thing as washing your hands too much," she revealed. 

If you wish to follow Rachel’s footsteps in the healthcare industry, you can begin your journey pursuing a degree in Nursing at Broward College. 


Frontline Workers - BC Students

Graduates That Care and Serve - A Pathway to Working on the Frontlines During COVID-19

In Hollywood, Florida, Rachel Guran is up on her feet visiting the team of nurses and doctors in the hospitals of the Memorial Healthcare System. As the Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Rachel is a front-line employee every day, but even

Rachel Guran, Broward College alumnae
Rachel Guran, Broward College alumnae

more so now as hospitals are overwhelmingly tending to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As she walks the hallways along with her team, their task is to educate patients, staff, and the general public in the most effective ways to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. 

A few floors down, in the warehouse of the hospital, Philip Velez is on the phone in a constant effort to assess the material needed by the doctors, nurses, and all other hospital personnel manning the upper floors. After all, as the Director of Inventory and Supply, Philip is tasked with guaranteeing the hospital has enough medical supplies from syringes and band-aids to personal protective equipment. 

Rachel and Philip have a few things in common, besides working in the same hospital, they are both front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and, they are proud Broward College grads. Graduates across all pathways are currently serving on the front-lines. From nurses to police officers to supply chain workers, our grads are putting their skills to the test during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meeting Workforce Demands with Exceptional Graduates 

For 60 years, Broward College provided programs designed to meet the workforce demands of our community. Among the most popular programs the College offers are Nursing, Supervision and Management, and the Police Academy. These programs are not only the most sought-after, but they have been recognized for their exceptional curriculum.  

Nursing Graduates
Nursing Graduates

For instance, in 2019, more than 96 percent of Broward College Nursing students passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), and the most recent Florida placement data has shown that over 98 percent of Nursing graduates are currently in the workforce across the state. When it comes to the College’s Police Academy, passing rates are quite similar. In 2019, 96 percent of the officers that completed the basic training passed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification program in their first attempt, which places the College first in the state when it comes to success rate from their graduates.  

Crucial Careers 

Within the health sciences, careers such as medical assisting, radiography and

EMS Students
EMS Students

respiratory care, among others, are equally as important. In public safety, firefighters and paramedics are also key. In addition to healthcare and public safety personnel, graduates in careers like supply chain management, business administration, or supervision and management are essential to support the general public and frontline employees.  

From the store manager at your local Publix to the warehouse employee doing inventory for personal protective equipment, graduates from these programs are answering the call to serve their communities 

Over the next few days, we will explore the stories and choices that took Rachel, Philip, and other BC grads to becoming frontline workers during this pandemic.  

Interested in a career in Health SciencesPublic Safety or Supply Chain Management? Broward College offers high-quality education for an affordable price. Visit broward.edu. 

 


Broward College Classroom

Dreams Within Reach - Broward College Ranked as Most Affordable College in Florida

Access to post-secondary education is often out of reach for many people, who think taking college courses could leave them saddled in debt. Broward College has, for the past 60 years, worked hard to ensure its programs connect to the needs of the community it serves, offering high-quality degrees and certificated but importantly ensuring its programs are accessible and affordable to everyone. Three studies have most recently recognized the College’s efforts.

Broward College recently made the top of the list for the Most Affordable College in Florida in a study conducted by University HQ published in February 2020. The study evaluated more than 3,500 higher education institutions across the nation who offered several four-year degree options.

Broward College ClassroomThe study by University HQ falls in line with a recent report released by U.S. News Short Lists, which identified Broward College students as having the third-lowest amount of debt upon graduation. The U.S. News Short Lists surveyed 1,031 colleges and found that the College’s graduating class of 2018 had an average debt load of $3,617 while the colleges where students borrowed the most averaged a total of 51,507.

Also, a 2020 independent study from Florida TaxWatch, found that with estimated annual tuition and fees of $2,830 for in-state students (2018-19), Broward College had the second-lowest fees in the state.

Low Student Debt

“These findings affirm that we are meeting our goal to ensure a postsecondary education is accessible and affordable to everyone,” says Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, J.D. “Financial status or life circumstances should not be barriers to education. We continue to identify partnerships that will help us provide affordable, high-quality education and allow students to focus on obtaining their degree rather than the cost of tuition.” Broward College offers several options regarding financial aid, scholarships, and other initiatives to alleviate the financial burden for students to complete their post-secondary education and minimize and sometimes prevent student loan debt.

Take advantage of a high-quality, affordable program at Broward College this summer. Registration is now open! For more information on how to become a student at Broward College, visit broward.edu.


Cast Your Vote – Student Government Associations Holds Elections for 2020-21 Academic Year

It’s business as usual for Student Life as the department will hold elections for new SGA members for the 2020-21 academic year. Despite transitioning to remote operations in March, the department has continued offering usual programming, including leadership workshops, skills training, and recreational sessions.  

The SGA elections take place every year in late April, are continuing as scheduled, although the deadline to submit applications was extended for a week as students adapted to their remote learning environment. Despite all candidates running unopposed this year, the Student Government Constitution states that elections must still be held. Students can apply for the following positions within the SGA: President, Vice President, and Chief of Staff. Students must meet the following requirements to apply: 

  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per term, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to run for office and a 2.0 previous semester degree GPA. College policy 6Hx2-5.13 dictates that a 2.0 GPA must be maintained in order to remain in office. 
  • Must have at least six (6) but no more than fifty (50) credits excluding preparatory classes if working on first A.A./A.S. degree and no more than 110 credits if working towards second A.A./A.S or B.A./B.S. to run for and hold office. 
  • Credit requirements shall be waived for members in their last semester of classes. It I not a requirement to take summer classes in order to hold position, however, all officers must be available for training as scheduled during the summer season. 

The positions that are not filled through an election will remain open and the Student Life directors will convene with the SGA members to select Student Life staff to fill those positions.   

Students can cast their votes online on Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23. Before you vote, take a look at the candidates for each campus. 

A.Hugh Adams Central Campus

Girls run the world, at least that’s the case for the SGA on Central CampusFor the upcoming academic year, a team of all-female students is running for positions 

Erika Noel is running for re-election in her current position as SGA president for the campus. Noel, who before becoming president, also served as a senator during the 2018-19 year. She is currently pursuing studies in the  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathway and plans on a career in biomedical engineering.  

Michelle Brennes is running for vice president after serving as a Board of Trustees senator in the past year. She is also majoring in the STEM pathway and wishes to become a diagnostic medical sonographer.  

Christina Brown is an international student from Jamaica, currently majoring in Health Sciences in the hopes of becoming a nurse. She is running for chief of staff after serving as senator of Clubs in 2019-2020, focused on helping student clubs with recruitment and programming initiatives. 

You can watch the platform speech for each candidate here. 

Judson A. Samuels South Campus and Partnership Centers 

Anahi Bardales wants to take on the role of president after serving as chief of staff in the last academic year. A Honduras native, Anahi is pursuing a degree in Exceptional Student  Education (ESE). 

Genica Rosa, an international student from Brazil, majoring in Business, is running for vice president after serving as programming senator 

Luis Becquer is new to the SGA world and is running for senator of Clubs. He is a member of the Women in STEM club and works as a tutor for his peers in the areas of math and science. Luis is originally from Cuba and is pursuing a career in chemical engineering. 

You can watch the platform speech for each candidate here. 

North Campus 

Tyshawn Stubbs hopes to continue serving the student body at North campus, as he seeks re-election as president. He is pursuing studies in communication and wants to transfer to the University of South Florida (USF) to earn a degree in Mass Communication. 

Keren Jean Baptiste wants to join Stubbs and serve as vice president for the students of North Campus. She is focused ohelping students in personal safety and student life programming initiatives. She is currently a student of the Health Sciences pathway and hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy.  

You can watch the platform speech for each candidate here. 

Each Student Life department will share the link to their respective voting poll online through their social media handles (@northbc, @bccentralsl, @bcsouthsl, @bcpartnershipsl). Results will be made public through their social media on Friday, April 24.  


Broward College Central Campus

Saluting our Broward College Front Line Employees

In the last five weeks, most of us at Broward College has transitioned to remote work or remote learning. But, to ensure the continuity of our services, more than 300 employees college-wide have remained on the front line. Departments, including Campus Safety, Information Technology, and Facilities, are currently operating at minimum capacity, but their staff remains as committed as ever to guarantee the College’s smooth operations. On-site support for some time also included Student Services staff and a few faculty members. Today, we pause to salute them and say, – thank you. Here’s an idea of what some of our team members are doing. 

Safety First 

Regardless of the number of people on campus, Campus Safety remains active. “Even during a crisis like this one, it’s important that the campus continues to be monitored regardless of the number of people being on campus or not,” says Ashley Harris, campus safety officer at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. “As of now, we still have employees working on-site, so we are here to assist them if they need and keep them safe.” 

While officers like Harris continue to do their job, the College follows the CDC guidelines for safety measures, which includes providing masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers to employees on campus.  In addition to implementing social distancing, it requires employees to remain at least six feet apart and allow the department to rotate personnel during the week to keep the number of employees on campus at a minimum each day. 

Keeping the Campus Going 

Chris Tavares
Chris Tavares

Just like Campus Safety, the Facilities team remains on campus to assistFleet Manager Chris Tavares, who is in charge of maintaining and managing the fuel for campus operations, along with his team. “My team is in charge of refueling the tanks for the golf carts used by all the departments on campus such as the officers from campus safety or the ground team,” explains Tavares“We also provide assistance in the repair of equipment for the electrical, material, and EMS departments.” The Facilities team was also instrumental in helping the College with Personal Protective Equipment Support (PPE) support to local hospitals. 

Running Smoothly 

The largest department to remain on-site is the Information Technology team, which continues to operate from all campuses. Their job is critical in ensuring the smooth transition for students, faculty, and staff to remote learning and work. Over the past month, they had to collect and reimage over 900 laptops to support staff and the College’s technology loan program t students. “With very short notice, we had to make sure that the equipment they were taking home was in great condition for offsite usage,” explains Lorne Cleaver, campus technology officer. “In total, we successfully prepped and loaned 625 laptops to students and 263 to staff.” 

Lorne Cleaver

To guarantee student success and allow the College to remain functioning while operating remotely. The department continues to offer support remotely for technical issues and concerns.  

Despite the challenges that come with being at work in the current crisis, each team we spoke with emphasized how much they love their jobs, their colleagues and the students. Given the choice, to keep the College going, being on the front line is a risk they are willing to take.  

“It’s important we continue to be hopeful and even for those of us who continue to work through this lockdown, we are grateful we are able to provide for our families and that the College is taking all the possible measures to ensure we are safe while we do our job,” says Harris.  

Broward College recognizes the efforts and resilience of our front line employees who continue to serve students staff and faculty during this crisis. Please join us in thanking them by using #SeahawksPersist. Interested in working or studying at Broward College? Visit www.broward.edu.