Member Spotlight – Mountain View College

Mountain View College Spotlight

“Mountain View College is a place where we give people hope, but it’s our extraordinary students who truly give us all hope. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to go to college, and we provide our students with choices that lead to jobs, a living wage, and transfer opportunities to four-year universities.” – Dr. Robert Garza, President, Mountain View College

Dr. Robert Garza, President

Name of College: Mountain View College
City and State: Dallas, Texas
Year Established: 1970
NISOD Liaison: Rebecca McDowell

                                                                        Rebecca McDowell, Organizational Program Development, NISOD Liaison

Member Spotlight Question and Answer 

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

Why is Mountain View College a NISOD Member?
NISOD provides excellent resources that help MVC administrators, faculty, and staff remain current in research, obtain necessary professional development, and stay abreast of the ever-changing world of leadership, teaching, and learning. MVC’s NISOD membership also provides our faculty and staff with opportunities to attend and facilitate workshops designed to develop their teaching, learning, and leadership skills.

Which NISOD benefits does Mountain View College use the most and how?
Mountain View College employees frequently use the NISOD monthly webinars. These webinars focus on best practices, new teaching strategies, innovations, and trends in education. Also, every year Mountain View College submits the names of outstanding faculty and staff to be recognized as NISOD Excellence Award recipients and to attend NISOD’s annual conference.

Interesting News Happening at Mountain View College 

Mountain View College’s Dreaming for Success Center
Mountain View College’s Dreaming for Success Center was established in the spring of 2018 to provide resources and support to students at MVC. This innovative center helps support student success by serving as a resource for international students and for students identified as Dreamers—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The center enhances the college experience and promotes civic and community engagement. The Dreaming for Success Center also acts as a hub for multicultural and international programs and the Mariachi program.

Increased Enrollments at MVC
During the fall 2017 semester, Mountain View College’s enrollment broke the 10,000-student mark for the first time. Historically, enrollment tends to drop during the spring semester at most colleges, but Mountain View College actually saw enrollment increase for the spring 2018 semester. In fact, MVC had more students enrolled in the spring semester than it had in the fall semester. The enrollment increases demonstrate that Mountain View College is bringing to life its mission of empowering people and transforming communities.

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.