Beacon College assistant professor of art Dustin Boise is a hard-charging soul in his desire to elevate students’ understanding and in his pursuits as a studio artist. Therefore, the one word you’d never associate with him is … “capitulation.” Yet, that word titled his solo exhibition that enjoyed an 11-week summer run at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Florida.
When it comes to getting around, there’s riding … and then there’s riding in style. Heather Wohlfeil figured the Beacon community would prefer the latter. Enter the “Beacon Bike.” The funkiest set of wheels this side of the Partridge Family’s magic mushroom school bus is a “functional art bike” that Wohlfeil, a learning specialist at the Leesburg, Fla. college, donated to the athletic department on behalf of her late aunt, Carol “AC” Holcombe.
College graduation is at once an exciting time of accomplishment and a nervy realization that it’s time to navigate the world independently as an adult. Not that everyone is ready to launch. Some 20 percent of college graduates with learning differences and attention issues stumble immediately after graduation in making successful transitions to full independence and to rewarding careers. This reality undergirds Beacon College’s pioneering pilot program, the First Career Community.
Ten Beacon College students grabbed copies of their resumes and attended the 10th annual Florida Blue, Florida Classic Career Expo & Diversity Job Fair earlier this month. The trek was part of the college’s continuing efforts to bolster job opportunities for graduates with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences.
The Beacon College community Saturday saluted a pair of benefactors and celebrated their generous legacy — one that each year writes new chapters of success — during the dedication of the Robert & Jane Weiner Writing Center. Staged during the college’s annual Parent’s Weekend, Beacon staffers, students, and members of the Weiner family joined together to reflect on the generosity of the couple whom family members described as “warm, caring, loving and generous” and the tangible results of their gift.
Realizing Central Florida needs all hands on deck to deal with its growling hunger problem, a crew of Beacon College students who are members of the Behavioral Science Organization last week volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando. Second Harvest, a private, nonprofit outfit, collects, stores and distributes donated food to […]
Sheryl Nichols recently was appointed the new director of the Center for Student Success at Beacon College. Nichols, who for the past three years served as an admissions counselor with the enrollment management team, succeeds Dr. Andrea Brode, who retired from the role. The promotion, she said, will allow her to “continue empowering, encouraging, and supporting students and families on their journey towards abundant living.”
Matt Berger knows the value of a good suit. “One thing that I’ve learned over the years that you dress for success,” he says. “If you were a good suit, they notice.” Dressed in his two-button gray business suit, Berger hoped the companies and organizations on hand Wednesday for Beacon College’s annual job fair would take notice of his sartorial flair and his gussied up resume.
There’s one cardinal rule for magicians: never reveal your secrets. Yet, Beacon College rated the number one school for students with disabilities by BestValueSchools.com last did just that. Beacon faculty, staff, and students revealed the magic behind the liberal arts school’s peerless 70 percent four-year graduate rate for students with learning differences during a workshop for college disability educators.
Representatives from the Orlando Utilities Commission electrified future jobseekers with a recent on-campus visit to Beacon College. OUC has announced plans to offer internships to Beacon College students this semester. The OUC team, led by diversity specialist recruiter Emily Leon, conducted a 90-minute presentation on February 7. The program introduced about 20 students to OUC, the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the nation.