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  1. Hi,
    I read with interest your article entitled “A 25th Anniversary Salute to Community College Alums” (December 10, 2012), and noticed the conspicuous absence of a great community college alumnus: James Sinegal, CEO of Costco, and proud graduate of San Diego City College. While I realize that you limited your list to 25 individuals, I was disappointed that Jim was excluded. He continues to be a great supporter of San Diego City College, and annually he’s the single largest contributor to our textbook fund for needy students.

    Terrence J. Burgess, Ph.D.
    San Diego City College
    1313 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92101-4787

  2. David Lascu says:

    On March 1, 2012, the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA) announced the Bridge to Success (B2S) Project (B2S partners include Anne Arundel Community College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Open University, and the University of Maryland University College) as the Distance Learning Program of the year. The MDLA is an association of learning professionals who advocate and promote the coordination and use of distance education in Maryland and throughout the region.

    In attempt to improve students’ college readiness and to help them achieve their academic goals the Bridge to Success (B2S) project provides two open educational online learning resources: Learning to Learn (L2L) and Succeed with Math (SWiM). These two open educational resources provide core academic and life skills that promote personal, professional, and academic success.

    Succeed with Math is designed to provide free and accessible online content to help users close gaps in their math ability, build confidence in math abilities, reduce math anxiety, and provide a solid foundation for the pursuit of higher levels of math. The course provides the user an opportunity to move from math in the abstract to an emphasis on practical math with real-world applications. Users are introduced to a range of key ideas and numerous practical examples that help them tackle everyday math problems at home, at work, or in their future studies.

    Learning to Learn is designed to build academic confidence and to provide the tools and skills necessary to be successful in an academic setting and in the workplace. The course encourages a consideration of possible choices and the value of making plans for the future. In addition, it will increase awareness of an individual’s current qualities, knowledge and skills. The course activities will help an individual develop the essential college and life skills of communication, problem solving and self-management.

    At a time when the economy is struggling, individuals are seeking many avenues to enhance their career, vocational and educational opportunities. The impact of the Internet and online access has changed the way we interact and gain information, including the way learners choose to learn. With a large segment of the population seeking Adult Basic Education courses, GED certifications, vocational and career training, and many individuals seeking new educational opportunities through community colleges, the challenge is to provide educational tools in a cost effective and accessible way that can help a student succeed. Succeed with Math and Learning to Learn meet this challenge.

    Approximately 60 percent of first-year college students are required to take at least one developmental course (mathematics, reading and writing), yet less than 25 percent of community college students who are enrolled in these developmental courses earn a certificate or degree within eight years of enrollment. SWiM and L2L are presented in an online modular format, with pre-assessment diagnostic activities, formative and post assessments, multi-media presentations, interactive activities, real-world application activities, and pencast lectures to engage adult learners.

    Anyone who has access to an Internet connection can go to the B2S website (http://b2s.aacc.edu) and link to the free and open course material and register with an email address. B2S content is currently being introduced in pilot programs throughout the United States. The course content can be utilized in a formal educational setting or be accessed on an individual basis. The pilot experiences allow the B2S project to evaluate and assess the impact of Succeed with Math and Learning to Learn, evaluate their design and the student and/or facilitator (instructor) experience, and measure participants’ outcomes.

    L2L and SWiM provides an opportunity for any educational provider or any individual to operate in the blended world of the open learner. Pilot opportunities are open to any institution, organization, or agency that wants to add value to the educational programs they offer. The content is free and open and is available to be used by any individual, organization, school, or agency.

    Institutional Partners and Grant Acknowledgement

    Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Open University (OU) of Milton Keynes, England, and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), developed the B2S project to improve college readiness and completion.

    Online Learning: Bridge to Success is funded by a $750,000 Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) grant. NGLC is led by EDUCAUSE, in partnership with the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association of K–12 Online Learning, and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped design the Next Generation Learning Challenges and fund the initiative.

    For further information contact:
    David Lascu
    Anne Arundel Community College

  3. Re: Paul, “Reaching Out” (Nov. 14 issue) – Valencia College in Orlando is home to the second largest enrollment of veterans among Florida’s 28 state colleges (1,100 last spring). Unlike Anne Arundel Community College, we do offer a veterans-only class–in public speaking. The instructor, John Creighton, noticed that when veterans stood up to speak about their experiences, the poignant or difficult experiences that they described often went right over the heads of most of their classmates, motivating him to start a vets-only class. The new class has been a hit – and the students often come to the classroom beforehand to hang out and have worked on projects together. To see the class in action, click here: http://youtu.be/23ksxfZU9iM.

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