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NYCLSA Promising Student Award Winner Announced!
NYCLSA is pleased to announce that the recipients of our 2015 Promising Student Award of $250 are Jaime Alvarez of Corning Community College and Braxton Stinson of Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. Thanks to a generous donation from Townsend Press, we were able to give two awards this year.
Jaime Alvarez, a freshman, is the first in his family to attend college. His parents, who emigrated from Guatemala, struggle to pay his college expenses. Jaime earned a 3.27 GPA in his first semester and gained a great deal from Corning’s five-credit integrated reading-writing course. Jaime demonstrates a strong work ethic, a drive to succeed, and a willingness to help other students.
Braxton Stinson, a junior, is also first-generation college student from a disadvantaged background. When he started at Daemen College, he recognized his weaknesses in writing and reading so he took full advantage of developmental courses and writing coaching. He became an HEOP Peer Counselor, serving as a role model for other disadvantaged students. Braxton has studied diligently to maintain a 2.71 GPA.
The first Symposium on Remedial/Developmental Education was held in New York in 1978. In 1979, twenty-five educators in college academic support services joined together to form the New York College Learning Skills Association. The NYCLSA constitution was ratified in April 1980 with these stated objectives:
- To advance standards for Learning Skills professionals through education, research and public service.
- To develop principles and standards for the establishment of learning assistance centers.
- To assist in the professional development of learning skills professions.
- To provide educational information and analysis to college educators and school systems, about learning skills research, systems, techniques and available support
To provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods and expertise to improve the learner's relationship with his/her institution and educational environment.