College Freshmen Summer Checklist
As I have already stated, I am an Advisor for an Educational Talent Search Program. I love my job. But the path I took to get to this point is very unconventional. When I graduated high school I wanted to be a pharmacist. I enrolled and graduated from Bevill State Community College. I was accepted into pharmacy school and took classes for a year and a half. I realized early on that this was not what God put me on this earth to do, but I kept pushing forward because that is what I thought I needed to do. I did not do well in pharmacy school and quit. I took a few months off from school to try to decide what path to take next. I decided I would be a chemistry teacher. After a few semesters I was misadvised, got frustrated, and dropped out of school.
I worked for the next few years as a child care provider. I then got a job in a mail order pharmacy. I was employed there for over 5 years when our site was closed down. I found myself at 33 years old and unemployed. The Lord blessed me with a job at Bevill State Community College. After working at BSCC for over a year I knew I had to complete my bachelor degree. I enrolled and received my Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies. And now I am currently in school to obtain my Master's Degree in Career and Technical Education.
I use my story to help the students in my ETS program know what not to do. I think the path I chose was different than most, but there is a reason for my path. It helps me give guidance and direction to the students in the program. Many times people don't know the reason for their struggles until much later in life. I am so blessed to know one of the reasons I travelled this road.
Along with helping the students in the ETS program, I share my story with the youth group at my church and with my nephews. If my story helps one person make a better decision, it was all worth it.
Advisory Meeting Report
Bevill State Community College has organizational bylaws for the program advisory committee. This committee holds the advisory meetings. The bylaws state ten purposes and duties of this committee. These ten purposes can be summarized by stating the career and technical education (CTE) advisory committee meetings are for educational programs and people in business and industry to discuss how programs can improve to meet the needs of the industry and how the industry can assist the program in improving.
An advisory committee meeting was held for the air-conditioning & refrigeration technology (ACR) program. From the minutes of this meeting there were three people who attended this meeting: Kenny Phillips the ACR instructor, Gregg Hobbs a representative from Wittichen Supply Company, and Robert Humber the owner of Robert W Humber, Inc. Wittichen Supply Company is a business that sells HVAC and electrical parts and supplies. Robert W. Humber, Inc. is an electrical/HVAC company. Mr. Phillips asked the other men questions about how his program could be revised to produce better employees. He asked questions about technology such as computers and tablets and how to incorporate it into the program. Mr. Phillips also inquired as to what technology would be the greatest help to students entering this field? Both business men stated that basic training in laptop/tablet use would be beneficial and that compressor inverter technology would be the greatest technological help. They suggested classes that focused on the basics in these two areas would help students as employees. He also asked questions specific to the ARC program. The meeting lasted for approximately two hours.
These meetings are very important for CTE programs. When someone who works in the field states what is needed financially it validates an instructors request for funding. This funding can help programs buy new equipment or needed technology. This backing from the industry also helps provide training for the instructors as well.
CTE advisory meetings are necessary for both educational programs and business/industry as well. It is a great way for people to get to know each other and to network with others in their industry. When instructors and people in the field communicate they can each provide information to help each other.
Bevill State Community College. 2013. Organizational bylaws for bevill state community college program advisory committees
Phillips, Kenny. 2016. Bevill state community college: Advisory committee minutes.