This month NACEP highlights a team of volunteers who helped to organize the first Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference earlier this year. This dynamic and energetic team includes Dr. David E. Thomas, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Dean for the Division of Access and Community Engagement at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP); Dr. Michelle T. Williams, Manager of K-16 Partnerships, CCP; Brandee Allen, Coordinator of Administrative Support at CCP; DeAndre Jones, Assistant Dean of the Division of Access and Community Engagement at the CCP; and Timeka Ford-Smith, Director, Gateway to College at CCP.
“One should consider volunteering with NACEP to be an active and positive contributor in the critical work of expanding opportunities for young people in early and middle college and dual enrollment programming across the Nation. The work of NACEP helps to secure bright and better futures for the youth of our country. What a worthwhile cause!” remarked David.
Michelle Williams said, “As I walked into the Great Hall on the morning of the opening session of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, I saw many people, from various states, engaged in discussions about dual and concurrent enrollment at their colleges and universities, some two-year, while others were four-year. In that moment the realization that NACEP was the convener of such an event that united innovators, while encouraging them to continue to think outside of the box to fulfill the mission of dual/concurrent enrollment was very enlightening and inspiring!” She also commented, “Volunteering for NACEP is an exciting and rewarding opportunity, as it allows you to not only give of your time, energy, and expertise to assist an organization that is pro-active about providing students with creative educational opportunities, but also in the process you will meet interesting people, and be introduced to new and innovative ideas.”
When asked what advice she would give first time NACEP volunteers, Brandee Allen said, “I would suggest they learn as much about the organization as possible and bring their enthusiasm. They should remind themselves of the benefits and opportunities provided by NACEP to ensure high school student success when transitioning to college.”
DeAndre Jones said he learned that “Each participating college has their own model and structure to their programming. But the goal of student success is the primary theme among all programs.” He said this was his first experience volunteering for NACEP.
Timeka Ford-Smith said she would continue to volunteer with NACEP. “This was my first experience volunteering with NACEP. If given the opportunity, I would volunteer again. As a career educator I think it is crucial for us to continue to work together to ensure that students who participate in dual enrollment programs are exposed to rigorous standards and are enrolled in programs of high quality.”
And when asked Banana pudding or something else? The response was:
David: Linda's Double Fudge Chocolate Chip Quadruple Layer Cake from The Cheesecake Factory, a box of glazed donuts from Denise's Bakery in North Philly or for that matter, any donut from Federal Donuts in South Philly!
Michelle: No bananas and no pudding for me! LOL! Butter pecan ice cream makes my taste buds happy and satisfies my sweet tooth!
Timeka: Nothing else
Brandee: Something else
DeAndre: Banana pudding all day!