HETS proudly joins the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Being HETS the first bilingual consortium dedicated to serving the higher education needs of the Hispanic communities, HETS Executive Director has published a short video about the importance of Hispanics and their contributions to the society to join this important festivity. We are pleased to celebrate the history and culture of the U.S. Latino (or Latinx) and Hispanics communities annually, as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month observed from September 15 to October 15. Is important to commemorate how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large. This month it’s also representative of the anniversaries of several Latin American countries’ independence celebration within the 30-day period. Congratulations to all!

We invite you to see the video that emphasize some of the most important contributions and characteristics of the Latinx /Hispanic community that had made them earn the respect and reputation such as their drive to achieve their goals. HETS is constituted by more than 40 higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, United Sates and Latin America. Now more than ever, we provide essential services focused on institutional and student success, as a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and services ready to be used by our academic communities. HETS commitment will be to continue serving and supporting the capacities of our member institutions to enhance Hispanic/Latino student success and opportunities in Higher Education, and celebrate the results of their accomplishments.

HETS offerings for Fall semester to support its members locally, nationally, and internationally.

This Fall semester, HETS commitment will be to continue providing support and services to its member institutions and academic communities, locally, nationally, and international challenged to offer their courses remotely in this academic scenario. This requires training and skills that allow in these environments to achieve equal results or the same objectives that are achieved in face-to-face courses. As a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and services ready to be used by our academic communities, HETS announces its offering for the Fall semester that includes the following:

  • Free webinars with HETS Student Ambassadors to promote services free of charge at the Student Placita in the HETS Virtual Plaza, and expert resources in topics like leadership, entrepreneurship, job search, among others.
  • Virtual Student Leadership Showcases in Spanish and English for PR, Latin America, and the US, to reinforce student leadership skills and promote HETS services and tools free of charge for them.
  • More than 10 webinars in Spanish and webinars in English regarding Distance Learning and related topics to support faculty and administrators on this new modality.
  • A Fall Issue, Volume XI of the HETS Online Journal to share articles that offer insights and suggestions that are pertinent to our current environment.

Besides these offerings during this semester, HETS services include tutorials in Spanish and English on how to use technology and access to the HETS Student Placita. Also, access to recordings of pasts free virtual events and webinars, in English and Spanish, focusing on distance learning, which is crucial and valuable in our new academic reality. Likewise, access to more than 100 peer-reviewed articles at the HETS Online Journal, sharing best practices regarding the use of technology for teaching and learning.

We invite you to click on the links to benefit from these services and help us promote it among your colleagues, students, and anyone you estimate pertinent. For additional information, email to info@hets.org  or call the Executive Director’s cellular phone (787) 616-3201. Also, follow HETS as hestorg on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for the latest news regarding its events and services.

HETS Executive Officers elected during their first ever virtual Board Meeting on summer 2020.

Dr. Carlos Morales, was elected HETS Chair

HETS Executive officers’ election were held during an historically virtual Board Meeting celebrated through Zoom digital platform, on June 25, 2020. More than 30 Board Members and special guests connected from Puerto Rico, United States and Colombia. As part of the meeting agenda, Dr. Carlos Morales, President, TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College from Texas, was elected as HETS Chair. Collaborating with Dr. Morales will be, Mr. Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, as Vice Chair, Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University as Treasurer; and Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University as Secretary. Elected as Regional Representatives were: Dr. Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino; Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany (SUNY); and Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. All appointments will start term on July 1st, 2020 for two years as stated in HETS Bylaws. We would like to recognize the hard work and commitment of the past officers during their tenure. We truly appreciate that they will be continuing serving as officers in a new role. To learn more about the newly appointed Officers visit: Meet the Executive Committee.

This Board meeting ends academic year 2019-2020, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently new strategies evolved as the response of the new academic reality due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 focused on core areas of accessretention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration was extended for an additional year in order to complete and adapt it to our new reality and provide better support to our member institutions and its communities. 

Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals and added services such as: tailored workshops and webinar offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcase and Online Tours were presented, in which Student Ambassadors program participants shared with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza. Board members also welcomed representative from new member institution: Los Angeles Community College District and concluded the meeting with a virtual session with corporate members such as Blackboard, InQmatic, Inter Staff, and COBIMET.

For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 616-3201.

Se celebra la séptima edición el HETS Student Leadership Showcase con más de 350 participantes

Más de 350 estudiantes se conectaron para participar de la séptima edición del HETS Student Leadership Showcase: Llevando tus metas a otro nivel, el 18 de septiembre de 2020 vía Zoom. Puede ver la grabación del evento en el Student Leadership Showcase bajo el Tab de SLS PR & LA. El propósito principal del evento fue promover la gran variedad de servicios disponibles libre de costo para apoyar las metas académicas de los estudiantes e incrementar las oportunidades de éxito. Como en eventos anteriores, participaron estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, Humacao Community College, Ponce Health Science University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, y la Universidad Interamericana de PR. Además, participaron de otras instituciones invitadas de Puerto Rico y por primera vez participaron estudiantes de nuestras instituciones miembros en México: la Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara y de Colombia: la Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. Acceda aquí la grabación del evento.

El evento comenzó con una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes de parte de la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, quien saludo a los estudiantes conectados y reconoció la presencia de miembros del Comité Asesor e invitó a otros a formar parte. Montalvo explicó que HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes con el fin de ayudar a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo para colaborar en la búsqued de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. También, la Sra. Montalvo presentó los nuevos estudiantes Embajadores de HETS, que comenzaron este año académico y reconoció el apoyo de los estudiantes embajadores del año pasado que siguen sus funciones este año. Para concluir los saludos, la Sra. Montalvo agradeció el apoyo de los auspiciadores: Cape AirOffice Max/Office Depot, Claro de PR, Yosidha Academy, PR Top Level DomainChilis Bar and GrillRomanos Macaroni and GrillP.F. Changs y presentó a la Sra. Mariali Hernández, Gerente del Departamento de Eventos y Auspicios Corporativos del Banco Popular de PR, para dar un saludo como representante del auspiciador principal del evento.

Luego de los saludos, la agenda del evento comenzó con la sección que ha sido constante en los Student Leadership Showcase, la presentación de experiencias de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. En esta ocasión, la estudiante Stephanie Pérez de la Universidad Ana G. Méndez de Gurabo presentó el tema: Importancia de los Internados durante la vida universitaria. Stephanie compartió sus vivencias en internados y su rol como embajadora de HETS y explicó cómo tomar ventaja de estas oportunidades.  Continuando con la agenda del evento, el Dr. Pablo Rodríguez, vicepresidente de PR Top Level Domain compartió un breve mensaje con el tema: Tu identidad en Internet. Al finalizar su parte, hizo varias preguntas a los participantes sobre el tema y regaló cinco (5) premios de acceso a un dominio más servicio de Web Hosting para los ganadores.

La agenda del evento continuó con la presentación del orador principal del evento: el Dr. Joe Díaz con el tema: Ser, hacer y tener; Cómo montar mi proyecto de vida con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. Los participantes mostraron gran interés por el tema y solicitaron que se extendiera el tiempo al Dr. Díaz para abundar más en el tema y continuar   contestando preguntas. El Dr. Díaz es Presidente de Peak Performance, miembro activo del World Future Society, Chairman del Proyecto Market Trends and Social Changes 2020, Investigador líder del proyecto Buying Habits Of The New Generation y es un activo colaborador de HETS.

Concluidas las presentaciones, se realizó el sorteo de regalos cortesía de los auspiciadores del evento. Para iniciar el sorteo, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo presentó al piloto Jean Carlos Corales, Line Captain de Cape Air, uno de los auspiciadores del evento. El Sr. Corales habló del programa para pilotos que existe en Puerto Rico en alianza con la Universidad Interamericana, Recinto de Bayamón y regaló durante el sorteo seis pasajes de Cape Air a varias Islas del Caribe. Otros premios del sorteo fueron: talleres de liderazgo de Yoshida Academy auspiciados por el Banco Popular de PR, un Iphone de Claro de PR, tarjetas de regalo de Office Max/ Office Depot y certificados de regalos de Chilis Bar and Grill, Romanos Macaroni and Grill y P.F. Changs, Para clausurar el evento, la Sra. Montalvo felicitó a los ganadores y los invitó a participar de los próximos eventos para estudiantes, visitando el área de Next Events de la página principal de HETS: www.hets.org o en sus redes sociales como @hetsorg. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a info@hets.org, o llamando al (787) 616-3201.

HETS news about the international student’s government policy

Thousands of international students in the U.S. relief of being deported

The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), committed to expanding educational opportunities and higher education for the Hispanic community, is pleased to learn about the decision that brings relief to thousands of international students who had been at risk of being deported. More than 1,000,000 international students enroll in the U.S. institutions, based on the 2018-19 academic year data from the Institute of International Education. Hispanic students represent almost 7% of this amount precede by Asia with 70%, Europe and, Middle East/North Africa with 8% each.

“As Chairman of an organization focuses on Hispanics that helps with the integration of technology in education; we praise the legal effort of hundreds of universities to defend international students forced to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic” commented by Dr. Carlos Morales, HETS Chair. Under this policy, international students would have been forbidden from taking all their courses online this fall. Besides, new visas would not have been issued to students at schools planning to provide all classes online due to the pandemic. Students already in the US would have faced deportation if they didn’t transfer schools or leave the country voluntarily. “We were proud to stand with our partners in the Hispanic community and sister institutions to challenge ICE’s unconscionable regulations,” said HETS Officer and University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez. “Clearly, our united voice helped to turn the tide on these unjust rules, which would have brought untold harm to our international students.”

It is a fact that all colleges and universities were forced to move all their classes online to ensure the safety and health of their students, faculty, and administrators. This commitment was reflected in this historical moment, where for the first time, so many institutions seek a legal remedy to protect international students. On this line, HETS officer, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President of Southeast Missouri State University comment that: We are thankful to the federal government for having rescinded the initial directive.  This has been a welcome news by both institutions of higher education and international students. Likewise, HETS Regional Representative, Dr. Tomás Morales, President of California State University San Bernardino emphasized that: “This is a reprieve for the over 1 million international students who study in the U.S.  We know that these members of our student body enrich the academic experience and campus life by their presence.”

HETS Leadership Perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ever since its inception in 1993, the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), formerly known as Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System, has been a pioneer in supporting the development of distance learning initiatives across colleges and universities in Puerto Rico, mainland United States, and Latin America. Although HETS support and value has been widely known among it’s members for more than 25 years, the organization’s goal is to increase it’s relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officers of the HETS Board of Directors, constituted by the presidents or designated representatives of each member institution, were interviewed to learn their perspective about the impact of HETS membership on their institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this HETS Leadership Perspectives series, interviews in Spanish and English were held with HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President of Southeast Missouri State University, and Vice Chair Dr. Carlos Morales, President of Tarrant County College Connect Campus. HETS also conducted interviews in Spanish with Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, HETS Treasurer and one of HETS’s first officers, and Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University of Puerto Rico, HETS Secretary. During these interviews, HETS Officers agreed that services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, including tutorials on how to use technology and access online services, peer reviewed articles sharing best practices and free webinars about distance learning, were crucial and valuable in this new academic scenario. As a result of the pandemic, officers visualize HETS present and future most important and essential than ever, as a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and services ready to use.

Interviewed HETS officers also spoke about their relationship with HETS and highlighted multiple services that result in great returning on investment of its membership, like the online student support services available at the Student Placita, the professional development training and events for faculty and administrators, and the networking opportunities with other institutions during the board meetings and events. To conclude, presidents invited other institutions to benefit from HETS, as a unique organization that fosters Hispanic/Latino student success in Higher Education through the strategic integration of technology.

To continue its efforts, on June 26th, presidents from different institutions in Puerto Rico, United States, and Latin America will participate in a HETS virtual panelThey have been invited to share their expertise and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and their thoughts on the future of Higher Education, from the perspective of their academic communities and student populations. The panel will include presidents from a community college (Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College, CUNY), a 4-year public university (Dr. Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino) a private university in US (Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President, Southeast Missouri State University) one in PR (Manuel J. Fernós, Esq. President, Inter American University of PR) and one International institution (Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia). The panel moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, President of Tarrant County College Connect Campus, will guide the discussion and the Q & A session with participants. The event is free of charge. The only requirement is to register online to participate.

For additional information, send an email to info@hets.org  or call to phone (787) 616-3201. For the latest news regarding HETS, visit hets.org or its social media accounts, hetsorg on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram.