Brooklyn Center Campus Enters Third Year as an AVID for Higher Education College

Posted by on July 25, 2014

Representatives from Minnesota School of Business attended the AVID Summer Institute in Dallas for the third year in a row. From left to right: Michelle Rivard (AVID liaison), Diana Igo (campus director), Jonathan Grant Brown (AVID program manager), Bill Hire (former dean of education), and Dr. Betty Krohn (AVID for higher education manager)

The Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus (MSB-BC) is proud and excited to enter its third year as an AVID for Higher Education campus!

Representatives from MSB-Brooklyn Center flew to Dallas, Texas in June to attend the annual AVID Summer Institute conference for the third year in a row. Diana Igo (campus director), Michelle Rivard (AVID liaison), and Bill Hire (former dean of education) joined 5,000 elementary, high school and college educators in sunny Dallas, Texas for three intense days of training, networking, sharing of best practices, and campus planning. The MSB-BC team collaborated with 180 participants from 22 colleges in Dallas; AVID also held a Summer Institute in San Diego with 130 participants from 17 colleges.

The MSB-BC team members spent their mornings attending different conference strands including a campus leadership strand, a CTE (Career & Technical Education) strand, and an AVID liaison strand. The team then spent their afternoons focused on the upcoming year’s plan for AVID, while collaborating with college educators from around the country.

AVID manager Dr. Betty Krohn and program manager Jonathan Grant Brown (after whom the BC campus is dedicated—read the story here) guided the discussions and planning sessions and provided invaluable advice.

Diana Igo, campus director at the Brooklyn Center campus remarked, “AVID Summer Institute was an outstanding conference. It was so helpful to collaborate with other professionals and learn of their successes and struggles within higher education. We left the conference with a solid plan for our Year 3 AVID implementation at the Brooklyn Center campus. As always, we will focus on student success by incorporating WICOR (Writing-Inquiry-Collaboration-Organization-Reading) strategies within the classroom, providing AVID student tutors, and launching a new student mentorship program. We are so excited to be a part of AVID for Higher Education.”

A highlight of the conference was hearing three student speakers share their stories of how AVID has changed their lives. Their poignant stories can be watched on YouTube.

AVID liaison Michelle Rivard summarized the trip by saying, “It was wonderful to spend time with our AVID friends and our colleagues from around the country. We learn so much from them all. The conference reinforced that our first two years of AVID implementation have exceeded our expectations. Students continue to benefit greatly from hands-on AVID strategies used in their classes. AVID has become an integral part of our campus culture, and we could not be prouder.”

Thank you to Michelle Rivard for writing this story!

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