PRESENT AT NATIONAL
our North Florida College professors – pictured
above left to right, Dr. David Palomino, Michelle
Ginn, Marie Guest and Sharon Brave Heart
– shared best practices with college and university
educators and administrators from across the nation in
June at The Teaching Professors Annual Conference in
New Orleans. Presenters are selected through a rigorous
review process. NFC was invited to lead three separate
20-minute mentor sessions during the conference.
“The honor of being chosen is a culmination of our in-
depth research in preparation of offering our Associate in
Science Degrees in Accounting Technology and Business
Administration completely online,” said Brave Heart.
Business professors Sharon Brave Heart and
Marie Guest led two presentations in the Super Track:
Teaching and Learning with Technology. Social science
professor Michelle Ginn and psychology professor Dr.
David Palomino presented in the Student Engagement
topic area. The fast and focused mentor sessions were
designed to tackle a specific classroom challenge or
issue, and provide conference goers with a wealth of
practical, ready-to-implement solutions. The overall goal
was to give participants actionable ideas and insights
that they can start implementing right away that help
advance teaching and learning.
A conference attendee shared praise from the Super
Track: “This talk was so full of ideas! I have three pages
of notes of things I need to try in my online classes!
Thanks for the great presentation!”
NFC Ranks in Top
15% of Colleges
he Aspen Institute College Excellence Program
on Nov. 5 named North Florida College as one
of 150 community colleges eligible to compete
for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College
Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high
achievement and performance among America’s
community colleges. NFC is among 15 percent of
community colleges nationwide have been invited to
apply for the Aspen Prize.
“Each day I witness the exemplary measures and
dedication that NFC employees across the campus put
into action to ensure our students reach their education
and life goals,” said NFC President John Grosskopf.
“These outstanding efforts have placed NFC among
the nation’s top 150 colleges competing for the 2021
Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. We
are honored to be recognized and proudly share this
recognition of high achievement with our students,
employees, alumni and community. NFC’s consistent
ranking among the nation’s most outstanding colleges
is definitely due to our campus and community’s
overwhelming commitment to student success.”
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