Odessa College Title V Grant
Expanding Educational Access and Improving Quality of Distance Learning for Rural,Time/ Place-Bound Students
Title V, the Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, is a grant program funded by the US Department of Education, which enables Hispanic-Serving Institutions to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.
The proposed goals of the Title V project at Odessa College are to:
- Expand degree programs offered at a distance by creating a hybrid LVN to RN program and a hybrid Emergency Medical Service Professional program
- Develop and equip patient clinical simulation labs in Odessa College outreach instructional sites to reach under served rural populations
- Develop a comprehensive online system of academic support and student services
*The Wrangler Express Center is currently piloting online student services delivery via the use of iPad 2, Blackboard Learn™ and Blackboard Collaborate™. Student Services Staff are engaged in professional development regarding best practices for offering online students optimal, quality services, and establishing a strong online presence.
- Expand the College’s distance learning infrastructure so that it may accommodate an increased volume of online learners
- Equip faculty and staff with the technology resources and knowledge to provide effective instruction and support services at a distance
Year Three Activity
Faculty Development – – As each new online student services system is added and piloted, Nursing faculty and staff will receive training in effective use of the system and the anticipated benefits for students at a distance.
Course Pilot & Evaluation – Converting 5 nursing courses to online/hybrid delivery for piloting and modification in year 4.
Student Services – Piloting Odessa College’s Call Center for career advising, financial advising, and convenience for students as a one-stop information routing center.