Posts by Esteban (Steve) Sosa

Dean of eLearning and Instructional Support at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas.

Confused About Medicare Part B?

Medicare.govPosted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Employee Benefits.

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Qualify for Part A Medicare and you generally pay no monthly premium, but enrolling in Part B will mean you pay a monthly premium (currently $104.90). Many employees believe they have to enroll in Medicare Part B when they turn 65, or pay a penalty to enroll later and/or experience a delay in coverage. This is not correct. If you are enrolled in a group health plan based on current employment when you turn 65, you can “defer” enrolling in Part B Medicare until you retire or otherwise lose your employer plan. When you retire or your employment ends (and thus your employer group coverage), you have an 8-month Special Enrollment Period to sign up for Medicare Part B without paying a penalty.

Note: Employees enrolled in PEBB or other retiree coverage, TRICARE, or those receiving Veterans’ benefits may be required to have Part B coverage or Part B may offer additional benefits or services.

Learn more at Medicare.gov

Cultural Competency Recommendations

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Our Fifty-Year Legacy

As the college acknowledges the many achievements we have been a part of, the people who made those achievements possible, and the next fifty years as an institution of higher learning, what will our legacy reflect? Were we the first? In what areas did we advance most? Did we set the example? What could we have done differently?

One opportunity directly tied to our Strategic Planning goal of equity and diversity, also vocalized by students during recent campus events, is meeting the needs of our diverse community by focusing efforts on cultural competencies. Our students need to know that we take this challenge seriously, are committed to advancing this cause, and that we value this key issue. A demonstrated commitment to cultural competency would be a meaningful addition to our college legacy and the next fifty years ahead.

The Challenges We Face

In investigating this topic at our institution and seeking out ways in which meaningful collaboration can result in tangible results, several offices and entities were contacted (ODEI, Student Life, IP, Student Government, DSS, and GDEC). An open session was held for anyone interested in exchanging ideas, discussing key themes, and brainstorming desired outcomes. Additional functional areas throughout campus will be asked to contribute to the conversation as we continue to seek direction from the college.

A Multifaceted Model

There are no quick fixes or magic pills to address concerns regarding diversity and cultural competence. Such deep­rooted issues require a commitment that goes beyond words and includes awareness of key issues, attitudes and behaviors towards the world around us, the ability to openly exchange ideas, and identification of specific cultural competencies.

Stakeholders Needed

Collaboration across campus will ensure that this effort is inclusive, meaningful, and sustainable. Ideas should represent faculty, staff, and students and involve experts, departments, and committees.

View the Recommendations

The presentation below was given to the Board of Trustees and written as an executive summary to outline specific recommendations to begin addressing cultural competencies at Green River College. Training by itself is never the answer and to support meaningful change across campus, training must compliment existing efforts.

The Morgan Challenge: Week 4 Winners

As the entire world now knows, Green River College recently witnessed the official launch of “The Morgan 100 Grand Challenge.” Many folks across campus easily completed the task of watching two short videos regarding information technology. Below are our first round of winners across campus. Don’t forget – we are now in an entirely new week and everyone’s got a new chance to win!

Week 4: Welding Tech Faculty Dare Others!

Not only did Welding Tech Faculty complete the Morgan Challenge, they now dare others to complete as well! Way to go Welding Tech Faculty!

Are YOU ready to complete the challenge as well?

Are YOU ready to complete the challenge as well?

Week 4: Contest Winners

Congratulations to Crystal Bolt!

Congratulations to Crystal Bolt!

Congratulations to Scott Schreiber, Casper Fox, and Ben Orr!

Congratulations to Scott Schreiber, Casper Fox, and Ben Orr!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s challenge and follow the entire series as it progresses.

The Morgan Challenge: Data Security and Data Retention

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Data Security
  2. Data Retention

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!

Behind the Scenes – Course Development Process

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Working with an awesome student named Yujin on digital audio recordings.

Human Resources encompasses a large variety of training topics related to new and current employees. This includes new employee orientations, benefits overviews, mandatory topics such as nondiscrimination and child abuse reporting, supervisor essentials, and even soft skills such as communications and effective teamwork. We’re now proud to be developing our very first online course!

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Sheryl and Zack give their absolute best performances while acting out scenes.

Routinely, HR provides face-to-face training and workshops to meet the needs of the campus as a whole. That is a challenging task because the needs of the campus routinely change and the needs of the individual often mean that time slots, locations, or frequency never quite fit one’s personal schedule.  We’re hoping to change that in the future to meet our audience exactly where they are at.

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Claire is joined by an awesome student named Jim, who helped voice one of our characters. 

That is where online delivery, reinforced by face-to-face engagement, comes into play. By placing parts of our training and workshops online, we increase the availability and access for every single individual, regardless of where they are physically located. For student employees that means not having to skip a class in order to attend a mandatory workshop. For part-time faculty, that means not having to drive to campus in order to obtain important information. For college employees as a whole that means obtaining necessary material from the convenience of your own desk or device.

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Course development is a team effort and it helped to have such great support behind our first online course.

It should be stressed that replacing face-to-face interaction is not the end goal. Improving access and increasing learner success, while refocusing our face-to-face engagement to meet learners where they are at is essentially the best of both worlds…aka blended and flipped learning modalities.

Getting back to the purpose of this article, we’ve been working on a brand new course to be delivered online. It’s understandable that no one would be excited by this news…akin to being invited to watch someone’s wedding video (not exactly the most exciting two-hour experience of your life even thought the event itself may have been fantabulous). With this in mind we’re reinventing our training material, engagement strategy, and user experience (not to mention making the course more academically sound by adding assessments). In short, we hope the course to be meaningful, memorable, and motivational…as best as possible that is given the content.

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This is just a teaser for what’s coming soon and will be included in our first online course. Stay tuned!

In the coming weeks you will continue to hear more about our development and launch of this new course. We’ve worked hard to ensure that it doesn’t feel like a two-hour wedding video and hope that folks appreciate the work that went into creating it. Stay tuned for more details!

 

Open Enrollment Through November 30th

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Employee Benefits.

Open Enrollment continues through November 30, and there are new plans available for 2016. If you haven’t taken the time to review your plan, now is the perfect time!

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In case you need to catch up on the conversation, in our last post we detailed information on the following:

  • Register Online
  • Add Family Members
  • Stay Up to Date
  • Compare Plans
  • Re-enroll in FSA or Dependent Care Programs
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a Medical Plan

Here are some things to think about when choosing a medical plan…

http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Documents/Checklist_50-005.pdf

The Morgan Challenge: Social Networks and Working Remotely

This Week’s Videos

This week we move to the next two videos in our contest:  Simply click below and complete the following videos:

  1. Social Networks
  2. Working Remotely

https://sso.securingthehuman.org/greenriver

New to the Morgan Challenge?

In case you haven’t heard, our very own Camella Morgan (Executive Director of Information Technology) is giving away 100 Grand (chocolate bars) to the first 10 people to complete the challenge below!

Take the Morgan Challenge - Win 100 Grand!

All faculty and staff at Green River College are eligible. If asked, simply plug in your campus credentials (username and password) to get started. Completion is auto-magically tracked and winners will be personally notified. Game on!