MHCC Opens AVID Center on Gresham Campus
Posted: October 19, 2012
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will celebrate the completion of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Center with an open house Thursday, Oct. 25, 2 - 4 p.m. Several local high schools currently use the AVID method; MHCC is one of just two colleges in the Pacific Northwest to adopt the program.
“AVID is a learning system that prepares students for learning,” explains Lauren Smith, MHCC’s AVID program coordinator. “Using research-based methods of instruction, students take classes with the same group of students, who all work with their instructors to refine and build the skills essential to getting an education, from goal-setting and time management to ways to balance work and family with school.”
One unique option at MHCC this fall term allows AVID students to focus on one of three areas (money, food or music) as they attend classes in reading, writing and grammar. For example, students in the music focus will write a paper on the ethics and outcomes of file sharing.
The open house is a great opportunity to see AVID in action. Visitors will be able to experience the program through a variety of sample lessons, demonstrations and conversations with MHCC faculty and administrators. Refreshments will be served. A raffle will award three winners with AVID and MHCC gear.
The open house will benefit local high school administrators, teachers, counselors and college instructors, as well as students and members of the general public who are interested in this unique way of teaching and learning.
AVID is now serving more than 450,000 students, from fourth grade through college, in 4,800 schools across America and 16 countries.
The AVID Center is located in room AC3315 on the mezzanine level of the Gresham Campus library, 26000 SE Stark Street. Parking on all MHCC campuses is free, all days, all hours.