Just like the musical act Peter, Paul and Mary, the quartet of concurrent enrollment professionals, Peter Hilts, Paul Finch, Mary Perez, and Dr. Louis Fletcher from Colorado Springs’ District 49, are a true harmony. Peter is the CEO; Paul is the Coordinator of concurrent enrollment, Mary is the Director of concurrent enrollment and Louis is the Director of culture and services for District 49.
The group started volunteering with NACEP two and a half years ago, volunteering for the National Conference in Denver. “Peter and I enjoyed the overwhelming environment of acceptance that our presentation; ‘Beyond Black and White...’ received at the NACEP national conference in Denver in 2015. It demonstrated that NACEP members are interested in examining the hard issues related to inclusive concurrent enrollment,” said Louis.
In addition to presenting at the NACEP National Conference, Paul wrote a blog entry, presented for a NACEP webinar and spoke at the Western Regional Conference in Montana. Mary helped run the state breakfast discussions, presented at the National Conference and helped work the registration desk. She is a member of the communications committee, helping with marketing the organization to its various constituents.
Mary advises people thinking of volunteering for NACEP, “Start small. Volunteer to assist at the registration tables. Sit with people you do not know during lunch sessions and dinner. Ask a lot of questions.”
She adds, “Volunteering has helped me understand the need for quality CE processes, leading to postsecondary rigor, accountability, instructor mentoring, and student success in the college setting. Another great benefit is networking with other professionals with great ideas, which may save time and effort without recreating the wheel. I have also made some pretty terrific friends.”
“Follow your passion and become a proponent for adding your voice to the conversation,” said Peter.
Paul said, “Every time I come into contact with NACEP representatives and others brought together by the organization, I learn a little more. I have been involved for almost two years, and I am a very different CE stakeholder from day one to the present due to my connection with NACEP.”
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