Member Spotlight – Brookhaven College

“Employee Success is one of the four Brookhaven College and DCCCD strategic priorities. NISOD programming perfectly complements our internal professional development and employee engagement initiatives, which helps ensure that we effectively and confidently work towards our purpose––transforming lives and communities across North Texas through higher education.” – Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D., President, Brookhaven College

Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D., President

Name of College: Brookhaven College
City and State: Farmers Branch, Texas
Year Established: 1978
NISOD Liaison: Tiffanie Douglas

Tiffanie Douglas, Director, Professional Development, NISOD Liaison

Member Spotlight Question and Answer 

When did Brookhaven College become a NISOD Member?
Brookhaven College became a NISOD Member in 1996.

Why is Brookhaven College a NISOD Member?
NISOD membership allows Brookhaven employees to access professional development resources exclusively tailored to the needs of higher education professionals. Brookhaven’s institutional NISOD membership is essential to our professional development plan to provide access to learning experience that orient, train, and develop employees.

Which NISOD benefits does Brookhaven College use the most and how?
On-demand access to the webinar series is a convenient way for our faculty to discover best practices, new teaching strategies, innovations, and trends, and is a benefit that Brookhaven College utilizes often.

Interesting News Happening at Brookhaven College 

Title V Grant Supports New Engagement Center
Brookhaven College has a long tradition of opening doors for anyone who wants to improve his or her life through education and training. Our Title V grant has given us an opportunity to re-imagine how we provide support to our Hispanic and low-income students. This fall the college will open the doors of a newly constructed center that will provide intrusive, centralized academic services coupled with career counseling and personal support through community referrals. Integrating these services will let the college assist the whole student through collaboration between instruction and student services with a goal of increasing student retention and completion rates.

Brookhaven College Welcomes P-Tech Partnership
As one of the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District, Brookhaven College has played a key role in the developing partnership between DCCCD and the Dallas Independent School District to create Pathways to Technology Early College High Schools, P-TECHs. Dr. Thom D. Chesney, president of Brookhaven College, has been one of the DCCCD initiative leaders since 2016 when the districts began by opening eight collegiate academies within DISD high schools. The partnership added ten more early college high schools in 2017 to bring the total to 18, three of which are partnered with Brookhaven College. The P-TECH model expands on the traditional early college high school by focusing on applied science programs for career preparation, bringing in industry partnerships to support future job placement. Thanks to this partnership 30 students at the Thomas Jefferson Collegiate Academy earned their first credential in the Business Administration pathway with a Business Trainee I Skills Achievement Award from Brookhaven College.

Every month, NISOD turns the spotlight on the effective ways member colleges use NISOD benefits. These member colleges exemplify NISOD’s mission of improving teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.