Student Support Services Staff Win National Award

November 12, 2003

Last January, Dan Griffiths and Sharon Carns of Student Support Services received an Academic Staff Professional Development Grant. They also attended the "Instructional Technology Seminar for College TRIO Programs" in New Orleans, where they created an action plan to implement technology training in their program. While there, they were informed that one of the over 70 plans developed would be chosen to be presented at an international conference.

On Oct. 24, they received an award letter saying that their plan won.Now, they will be going to Puerto Rico to present their plan at the CEO Technology Tools Conference in December and help others develop their own action plans.

The goal of the action plan developed by Carns and Griffiths is to provide the UW-P Student Support Services professional staff, tutors, and students training in the use of technological tools. The training is aimed at increasing technological competencies and empowers program participants professionally, academically, and personally for success in the 21st century.

In order to meet this goal, they are in the process of developing a Multimedia Resource Center and a Learning/Lending Library that will give students in the program and their tutor's greater access to technological tools.

"We have received a lot of support from the campus," Griffiths said. "Everyone who has been able to help us has, and that's been a real asset."

The Multimedia Center is already in the process of being updated. They currently have three computers, a printer, TV, DVD player, and an overhead projector. However, they still have a long way to go. Griffiths said that they don't receive money from the campus because they are federally funded, so it's a little more difficult to obtain items for the center quickly.


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