UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on June 22 The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, in the Administration and Conference Center Building on the St. Thomas Campus.
The meeting will begin with regular session agenda items. The meeting will continue with the election of officers. A slate of candidates for the positions of chair and vice chair has been developed and will be presented to the board for their deliberation and action.
UVI President Dr. David Hall will present the President’s Report. He will be followed by Board Chairman Henry Smock with the Chairman’s Comments. The board will receive an update report from the Research and Technology Park. Then the board will consider other agenda items.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/
New Communications Course to be offered for Fall 2019 The Department of Communication is offering a new course for the fall of 2019. COM-475 will be all about “Creative Problem Solving.” This course will help students learn how to find the real problem and how to use a variety of techniques to generate creative ideas.
Topics include Brainstorming, Brain Writing, Synectics and Ana-Logic. With a fresh new idea in hand, students will examine how to package and communicate a new idea for all of the different audiences who need to hear about it.
Prof. Alex Randall said, “Everyone can benefit by learning how to unleash their native creativity. This is critical knowledge for every entrepreneur and anyone who hopes to achieve changes in the world.” The professor taught creative problem-solving at several universities in the past and created more than 30 innovations and inventions using these techniques. He has been a creativity consultant to business and industry for many years.
For anyone interested in taking this course, it will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 – 2:50 p.m. The class has no prerequisite except for instructor approval, and it will be offered on both campuses using video teleconference.
For more information, contact Professor Alex Randall at [email protected]
VI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Hires Part-time Job Coaches VI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) is looking for job coaches on St. Thomas and St. Croix to assist persons with disabilities in acquiring employment skills. The coaching will take place from July 22 to December 2019.
Interested candidates must be available for flexible hours, 10-hour maximum per week between the hours 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and have the ability to learn all aspects of the assigned work sites. There will be a mandatory, weeklong training in disability methodologies from July 22, through July 25.
Candidates must complete and pass an APSE certification exam.
Job coaches should be able to seek input from participants and family members as well as communicate participant progress to appropriate team members, supervisors, stakeholders, significant others, counselors and team members when conducting services. Completing session notes and data on client interaction, assisting in pre-employed, employment and post-employment transition activities are also required.
Job coaches will work with persons with disabilities by fulfilling duties that include:
• Ensuring participant safety by familiarizing participants with safety rules and regulations at their work or volunteer sites
• Provide life skills instruction as it relates to employment goals and building participant independence at work and in the community
• Provide vocational instruction for teaching participants work tasks and appropriate social skills whether on-site or during job skills training groups.
• Maintain regular communication with employers to review productivity and quality of work
• Facilitates implementation of the Person-Centered Plan
• Facilitates client transportation to workplace and community settings.
The following are the necessary requirements:
• High school diploma or its equivalent
• Clear background check
• Experience working with people with intellectual disability is preferred.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to maintain a liability-free driving record
• Ability to lift 50 pounds
• Ability to bend, reach, stand, push and pull
• Basic computer skills a plus
• Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of participants, their family members and staff
• Demonstrates knowledge of educational techniques
• Ability and willingness to achieve, attend and maintain all ASPE trainings and certifications
• Knowledge of and commitment to follow safety protocols and procedures
• Calm under pressure
• Creative out of the box thinker with a preference for working in a team generating ideas to assist in planning facilitative programs
For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Mills at 692-4262 or by email [email protected]