Mt. SAC prepared for the new school year with Flex Day, which launched with Fall Convocation’s general sessions. The day included 17 employee breakout sessions covering topics ranging from stress management to IT security to psychotherapeutic teaching.
In two separate faculty and classified opening sessions, President Bill Scroggins focused on the uptick in the economy and state funding, including an additional 11 percent in growth funding for community colleges this year.
“Mt. SAC has been fortunate to be able to grow, and that’s an important point because those funds become part of the budget,” Scroggins said.
Overall, the community college system saw about 2.75% growth, Scroggins said. But not all community colleges grew.
“Now we are in a position to take advantage of the growth funding and better serve students,” he said.
In addition to the improving economy, President Scroggins also commented on improvements on campus, which included the grading in preparation for an Athletics complex, a new food court and a future parking structure.
Breakout sessions such as “The Tao of Professorship: Psychotherapeutic Teaching,” “Fight It, Flee It, or Fake It? Managing Personal and Professional Conflicts,” and “Rich Media–Teaching with the Hidden Treasures” were provided during Flex Day.
Other offerings covered discrimination awareness, DVD captioning, transfer pathways, helping non-native speakers succeed, curriculum, collaborative teaching, copyright and fair use, stress management, IT security, Disabled Student Programs and Services, the Writing Center, reading across the disciplines, and the using Planetarium for student learning.
A question and answer session was offered at both opening meetings as well as a presentation on accreditation by Accreditation Liaison Officer Irene Malmgren and Faculty Accreditation Coordinator Kristina Allende. Other presentations were also made by Faculty Association, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, CSEA chapters, and the VOICES committee.