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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.

HETS Virtual Events

As a result of the crisis caused by Covid-19, HETS as part of its focus and mission, has been providing special support to member institutions in PR, USA and Latin America. To this end, webinars and virtual events have been coordinated, free of charge, through Blackboard Collaborate or other online platforms such as: Zoom, on topics related to the integration of technology in education .

 

Virtual Event- President’s Panel: Institutional Experiences and Protocols during the covid-19 pandemic and the future of Higher Education (watch here the recording)

 

Panelists:

Brief description: 

This virtual event held on June 26, 2020, was a panel of Presidents from different member institutions in Puerto Rico, United States of America, and Latin America, moderated by President Carlos Morales. These Presidents shared their expertise and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think will be the future of Higher Education. The panel included representation of presidents from a community college, a 4-year college public and private and one International institution of learning about their vision based on their academic community and student population. The moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, guided the discussion and the Q & A session with participants.


To obtain a certificate of participation:
 it must be requested by email to info@hets.org within seven days after the event. Please include on your petition email your full name, the date, and the title of the webinar. Certificates will only be sent to those who meet these requirements

Dr. Antonio Pérez: A Recognition to a One of a Kind Board Member.

President Perez expressing his appreciation to HETS organization and fellow Board Members. Here with HETS Executive Committee and Executive Director.

HETS celebrated it’s summer Board of Directors meeting closing academic year 2017-18, and starting the celebration of its 25th anniversary on July 12 and 13, 2018 in Bronx, NY. This was an excellent opportunity to surprise Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, on his last participation on this meeting as one of our Board Members since 1999. He also was invited to give the main speech during the first event of the HETS anniversary celebration.

Perez watching his path through HETS since 1999 on a photo compilation.

Receiving tokens of appreciation, from colleagues and friends.

President Antonio Pérez announced earlier this year, that will step down after having served with 23 years of leadership at the college, and almost 20 as an active Board Member of the Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS) Consortium. President Perez has always vividly supported our mission to promote, support and enhance Hispanic/ Latino student access, retention, and success in Higher Education through the strategic integration of technology. This has been proven during his tenure as Board Member in our Consortia, in which he has actively served as Board Officer in the Executive Committee (for several terms) as: Treasurer, Vice Chair, and the last two years as HETS Regional Representative for the East Coast. As part of the meeting agenda; HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas; HETS Treasurer Manuel Fernos, Esq.; and HETS Executive Director, Yubelkys Montalvo, along with the rest of the Board present, thanked President Pérez for his commitment to the organization, supporting our initiatives, and expanding HETS membership. Board members presented very special gifts to him as their token of appreciation while he watched a compilation of photos of his path through HETS (click here to watch the photos).

President Pérez will be leaving his leadership at BMCC to pursue other opportunities in New York City higher education, and express that will still collaborate with HETS. Following the farewell ceremony, a motion was presented during the meeting by HETS Secretary, Eng. Gladys Nieves, to nominate Dr. Pérez as part of the recently constituted Advisory Board of the HETS Board of Directors. After being approved without hesitation by the Board, Dr. Pérez accepted the invitation to be part of this exclusive group constituted of nominated ex Board Members.

The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) was established in 1993. HETS is the first bilingual consortium constituted by more than 40 higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, United Sates and Latin America. The organization’s mission is to expand the educational opportunities and the access to post-secondary education to the Hispanic community to support the capacities of its member institutions. To learn more about HETS and our mission you can contact us by sending an email to info@hets.org.

Medgar Evers College presents its Conference Best Practices in Academic Technology- September 18, 2015.

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What?: BEST PRACTICES IN ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY: TOWARD A LIBERATORY PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICE
Where?: Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11225
When?: Friday, September 18, 2015 • 10:00 am t o 6:00 pm

Call for Abstracts:

The Medgar Evers College Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence invites you to submit your abstracts and participate in the Best Practices in Academic Technology Conference. Abstract proposals from all disciplinary perspectives are welcome, and interdisciplinary work is especially encouraged. Submissions of scholarly work and research (completed or in-process), Best practices in Instructional technology presentations/papers, hands-on workshops and panel discussions will be considered.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts/Proposals (350-500 words) with a 50-word biography is still open. Acceptances will be based upon the strength and fit of your presentation to:

https://www.facebook.com/CenterForTeachingAndLearningExcellence?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
https://mec-cuny.digication.com/2015_best_practices_in_academic_technology_conference/Welcome/published

Please send inquires to Dr. Rosalina Diaz (rdiaz@mec.cuny.edu) or Ms. Grace Yamada (gyamada@mec.cuny.edu).

Conference Sub-Themes:
• Academic Technology: Power, empowerment and community development
• Academic Technology: Education in a digitally Connected World
• Academic Technology: Communities of Difference
• Academic Technology: Conflicting Perspectives related to Liberatory pedagogy
• Academic Technology: Enacting Social Justice practices in education
• Academic Technology: Sustainable practice for an Equitable World
• Academic Technology: Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity
• Academic Technology: Challenges and Opportunities

Topic Areas:
• Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning
• Interdisciplinary Education
• Bi-cultural, bi-lingual and bi-national education
• Learning, Teaching and Educational Structures
• Learner Diversity and Identities
• Primary and secondary education
• Higher education
• Adult and lifelong learning
• Technology enhanced and distance learning education
• International Schools and Educational goals
• Educational Policy, Leadership, Management and Administration
• Curriculum Research and Development
• Economic Management of Education
• Institutional Accreditation and Ranking
• Organizational Learning and Change
• Professional Concerns, Training and Development
• Special Education, Learning Difficulties, Disability

Student Support Services event gathered experts in NYC to maximize the use of the HEST Virtual Plaza-

2015HETS_DSC1866-sss-eventConcurrent with its Summer Board of Directors Meeting, HETS celebrated on June, 29 2015, the Student Support Services Event in New York City at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Participants from Bergen Community College, Berkeley College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, Inter American University of PR in Puerto Rico and NY, Cumberland County College and Borough of Manhattan Community College took advantage of this event and collaborated in a very deep and interesting discussion regarding HETS free of charge services available for students through our Virtual Plaza portal.

The main purpose of this event was to identify and share strategies in using HETS Student Support Services to increase access and retention, and explore additional ways to collaborate through HETS on how to maximize the use of the Testing and Education Reference Center and Career Transitions tools to evidence success, retention, and college completion; Maximize the use of the2015HETS_DSC1859-SSS-close-up E-Writing Modules, Financial Aid and Internships to complement HETS member services to increase retention among Hispanics; Identify new resources you would like to receive from HETS; Maximize the use of Bilingual Entrepreneurship Courses, STEM and Student Readiness resources to increase student motivation and engagement in the online and face to face environments and ITs recommendations to make services more accessible to students at HETS member institutions. These sessions were directed by Ms. Yelixa Castro, HETS Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator, who also presented several of HETS student services available free of charge accessible from the HETS Virtual Plaza.

The event closed with a brief presentation of the discussion results and recommendations to the HETS Board of Directors which allowed HETS to learn more about student interests and needs and the best ways to create additional support services for them and our member institutions. HETS would like to recognize BMCC’s staff that helped with the setup of their outstanding facilities at Fiterman Hall and the live transmission and recording of the event. To watch the recording of this event click here. For more information about HETS services, please visit http://hets.org/, or contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 766-2600 exts. 8910 / 8911.

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.

HETS closes year 2017-2018 with Board Meeting in NYC, while starting the celebrations of its 25th Anniversary.

HETS Board Members during meeting at BCC.

The HETS summer Board of Directors meeting, and its 25th Anniversary celebration, were held July 12 and 13, 2018 in Bronx, NY, hosted by Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). This Board meeting ends academic year 2017-2018, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently Strategic Plan approved and presenting first year results on this meeting.

The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of previous one, and its focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings either online and new ones face to face; 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 Showcases in PR and NY 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 representatives from new members such as Northeast Lakeview College, Oklahoma City Community College, and University at Albany. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Educational Testing Services, and also welcomed EmblemHealth, and Interstaff, Inc. as new partners.

Event Moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, TCC Connect Campus President.

As part of the Board meeting agenda, HETS celebrated the Special Event for Distance Learning contacts at our member’s institutions. This event was transmitted via live stream, moderated by Dr. Carlos Morales, President of TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College (access here the presentation handout). Attendees from member institutions like: EPD University, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Eastern Connecticut State University, College of Staten Island, Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, Hostos Community

Dr. Aubra Gantt (Tarrant County College) during the Distance Learning Event at BCC (July 13,2018).

College, Bronx Community College, California State University San Marcos, and Southeast Missouri State University, actively participated on the discussion held regarding the online learning survey data and examples shared to Board Members during this event. Soon, the video with the highlights of the discussion will be available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Executive Committee and meeting host during HETS 25th Anniversary luncheon.

Board Members closed the meeting with the 25th Anniversary celebration. As part of the celebration events; President Thomas Isekenegbe, and Vice President Irene R. Delgado from Bronx Community College; took invitees to a brief tour of the campus, which is the first community college to hold the honor of being one of the national sites newly designated as a National Historic Landmark. During the tour, guests and attendees visited the Gould Memorial Library, the Hall of Fame of Greatest Americans, and the outstanding new library facilities on North Hall. After that, Board Members, and, special guests’ attendees enjoyed the official luncheon where a video was shared to celebrate the first 25 Years of HETS history (access the link here). Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, HETS Chair and President of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director presented the ceremony speeches’ before cutting the celebration cake. HETS 25th Anniversary celebrations will extend during next academic year until the Winter Board Meeting in Puerto Rico on February 2019.

HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President Thomas Isekenegbe; Dr. Irene R. Delgado, Vice President for Student Success, and all their staff at BCC for hosting these events at their facilities. For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.

Hostos Community College hosted the Student Leadership Showcase in New York.

Hostos Community College hosted the Student Leadership Showcase held on April 23, 2018 at it’s Savoy Multi-purpose Room in Bronx, New York. More than 40 students from Hostos and Lehman College member institutions, participated of this event. The main purpose was to promote the access to free of charge online student services that can support their academic goals, and be able to share their interests and needs to help us create additional support services. This time students also learned about how to maximize the use of digital identity and social media to support their academic and professional goals.

Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College (CUNY)

The event started with a warm welcome message from the host, Dr. David Gómez, President at Hostos Community College. After his remarks, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, presented Ms. Débora Menieur, HETS Student Ambassador, who shared a live demonstration of HETS student services at the HETS portal and the Student Placita. During this demonstration, students had the opportunity to learn where to find information about scholarships, internships, job search, practice of standardized tests, online tools and careers tips, among other services provided by HETS.

The event continued with the speech of Mr. Marcelo Rodríguez, Digital Transformation Leader at DMP Group, about the Personal Branding during the Digital Age.  During his presentation, Rodríguez emphasized on the importance of leveraging your personal brand or professional reputation to improve your chances towards the career you want. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to take control of their digital visibility, identifying what makes them stand out, and then telling a unique story during recruitment.

As an added value to the event, students were able to network with peers who share same interests, while HETS Executive Director learned more about their interests and needs in order to further collaborate on exploring solutions and create innovative support services. The event concluded with a raffle of prizes among the participants, and the completion of the evaluation form distributed to receive the feedback of the event and the online services presented. HETS would like to make a special recognition to the support and help of the Hostos Community College personnel, especially President Gómez and his office staff including Jewel Clarke, Dolly Martínez and Diana Kramer for their collaboration. HETS also recognizes Mr. Nelson Ortiz, Conference Center Coordinator; Carlos Guevara; and Johanna Gómez for all coordination and promotion of the event. For more details about HETS services for students through the Student Placita please contact us in our office at 787-250-1912 extensions 2373, 2372 or just email us to: info@hets.org.

Débora Menieur, Marcelo Rodríguez and Yubelkys Montalvo.

HETS closes academic year with its summer Board Meeting in NYC and welcoming twelve new members-

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HETS Board of Directors meeting, June 2015 at Fiterman Hall, BMCC, NYC.

The HETS summer Board of Directors meeting was held June 29 and 30, 2015 in New York, NY. The meeting took place at Fiterman Hall, hosted by Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). We were delighted to welcome representatives from 26 of our 45 institutional members, including s2015HETS_DSC1870-crop-discussionome of our 12 new members’ institutions from California, New York, New Jersey and Texas and two new corporate members. This Board meeting closes academic year 2014-2015, a very exciting year for the organization and its members, as it completed numerous new projects as part of our strategic plan approved that focus on access, retention and assessment.

Corporates

Part of the HETS Executive Committee and Corporate Members from Grupo Parada, Educational Testing Services, Rosetta Stone and Transworld Systems, Inc.

Among the news HETS shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored online workshop offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza, redesign and new appearance of the HETS Online Journal and also the results of the recently celebrated HETS Leadership Showcase in NY and the Student Leadership Tour in PR in which members of the Student Committee, presented and demonstrated to participants some of the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Virtual Plaza. Board of Directors agreed to appoint Eng. Gladys Nieves, President, EDP University to continue as HETS Secretary until next year elections due to the retirement of Dr. Dario Cortés. They also approved the appointments of new Regional Representatives as follows: for the East, Dr. Antonio Perez, President, BMCC; and for the West region Dr. Lorena Meza, Vice President, Student Affairs, California State University, San Marcos. Board members also welcomed representatives from new members; Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, California State University in Long Beach and San Marcos, Houston Community College, Cumberland County College, NOVA Southeastern University in San Juan, Columbia Central University and corporates members Rosetta Stone and Trasnworld Systems, Inc. In addition, they had the chance to network and exchange thoughts with representatives from other corporate members, who also participated in the corporate session.

Concurrent with the Board meeting, HETS celebrated the Student Services Event for Student Affairs and IT Directors from member’s institutions. This event was transmitted live via livestream and the video will be soon available at the HETS You tube channel to benefit of the relevant discussion during this event. For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 766-2600 exts. 8910/ 8911.

 

Student Support Services Event at BMCC, New York

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Concurrent with its Summer Board of Directors Meeting, HETS celebrated on June, 29 2015, the Student Support Services Event in New York City at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Participants from Bergen Community College, Berkeley College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, Inter American University of PR in Puerto Rico and NY, Cumberland County College and Borough of Manhattan Community College took advantage of this event and collaborated in a very deep and interesting discussion regarding HETS free of charge services available for students through our Virtual Plaza portal.

The main purpose of this event was to identify and share strategies in using HETS Student Support Services to increase access and retention, and explore additional ways to collaborate through HETS on how to maximize the use of the Testing and Education Reference Center and Career Transitions tools to evidence success, retention, and college completion; Maximize the use of the2015HETS_DSC1859-SSS-close-up E-Writing Modules, Financial Aid and Internships to complement HETS member services to increase retention among Hispanics; Identify new resources you would like to receive from HETS; Maximize the use of Bilingual Entrepreneurship Courses, STEM and Student Readiness resources to increase student motivation and engagement in the online and face to face environments and ITs recommendations to make services more accessible to students at HETS member institutions. These sessions were directed by Ms. Yelixa Castro, HETS Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator, who also presented several of HETS student services available free of charge accessible from the HETS Virtual Plaza.

The event closed with a brief presentation of the discussion results and recommendations to the HETS Board of Directors which allowed HETS to learn more about student interests and needs and the best ways to create additional support services for them and our member institutions. HETS would like to recognize BMCC’s staff that helped with the setup of their outstanding facilities at Fiterman Hall and the live transmission and recording of the event. To watch the recording of this event click here. For more information about HETS services, please visit http://hets.org/, or contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 766-2600 exts. 8910 / 8911.

What: Student Support Services Event

When: June 29, 2015

Where: Room 1304 Fitterman Hall, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York

Time: 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Cost: Free of charge! But spaces are limited, reserve yours today!

Who should attend: Deans or Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, and Directors of Vice Presidents of Information Technology from HETS member institutions

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