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National HEPCAMP Conference
Pre-Conference Sessions

Introduction to Appreciative Advising


Presenter: Amanda Propst Cuevas, PhD

Marginy 1 | 9:00 PM-12:00 PM & 1:00-4:00 PM

This engaging and interactive workshop will provide a dynamic overview of the six phases of Appreciative Advising, a fully student-centered and proven framework to increase student retention and improve student success. Through lecture, as well as engagement in conversations with colleagues and reflective activities, this workshop will be focused on helping you build effective relationships with your students!

Participants will learn about new tools and techniques to enhance their advising skills as well explore ways to meaningfully apply this transformative framework to their daily practice in their respective roles to promote student success. This workshop will be time well spent to introduce us to Appreciative Advising strategies and techniques, and to inspire and empower us to put this transformative framework into immediate practice!

Coolspeak Presents: Motivating the Post Covid HEP CAMP Scholars


Presenters: Natasha Carrizosa, Coolspeak | Juan Cangas, Coolspeak

Esplanade Ballroom 1 |9:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Learning icebreakers, energizers, and activities can help us create a better relationship with our students while motivating them along the way. This pre-conference session will focus on delivering an engaging session that will enable us to learn more about our students and allow them to be motivated by one another, their stories, and their dreams. This session will ensure all future HEP/CAMP programming is more engaging, more effective, and of course more motivating!

Open Educational Resources (OER)


Presenters: Cecilio Mora, Andres Enriquez, Yanet Aguilar, Maria Jauregui, Rocio Nanez Barrios, Osvaldo Rodriguez, Beatriz Torres, Vanessa Saraza, Graciela Salcido

Marigny 2 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

The goal for the OER resources book is to close the gap for limited resources for Spanish-speaking students for the HSE preparation. The OER resources book is available in English and Spanish and includes five subjects: reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics.

The pre-conference workshop will be presented by HEP instructors who participated in the development of the Open Education Resources (OER) book. The workshop will be broken down into the following: a) Idea and makeup of the OER book, b) Reading and Comprehension, c) Writing, d) Social Studies, e) Science and f) Mathematics.


Presentation Outline:


Process (putting the content together) How to use the OER book

Questions and answers

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities.

Retain – make, own, and control a copy of the resource

Reuse – use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly

Revise – edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource

Remix – combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new

Redistribute – share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others

Presenter Bios:

Cecilio Mora is the High School Equivalency (HEP), College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and West Hills Adult Education Consortium Director. He has 20 years of combined experience serving special populations such as migratory and seasonal farmworkers, adult learners, at-risk youth, and disadvantaged students. His education includes an Associate of Arts Degree in Computers Information System from West Hills Community College Coalinga, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Fresno State University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Brandman University.

Andres Enriquez is the High School Equivalency Director at California State University, Sacramento. Former HEP graduate with over 20 years of experience serving migrant and seasonal farm-workers, English language learners, and underserved communities. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Foreign Languages – from Washington State University, Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana.

Beatriz Torres is a HEP Instructor at West Hills College Coalinga, Firebaugh Center. She teaches the High School Equivalence (HSE) class. She has been teaching the five HSE subjects (Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Reading, and Writing) for seven years. Ms. Torres also has five years of experience working in special education. Ms. Torres is from Mexico, City. She has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University and Ms. Torres also is enrolled in National University to obtain her Mild/ Moderate credential to continue instructing children with disabilities. Ms. Torres is passionate about teaching adults and children different strategies to be successful in life. She enjoys working with the HEP program because it gives her the opportunity to change somebody's life. Ms. Torres always said, “I have the power to encourage and change someone's life through education and love.” She believes every student is unique and special. Ms. Torres’s favorite time is going to church, spend time talking with God, family, and friends.

Iris Torres is a HEP Instructor at West Hills College Coalinga, Online class. She teaches the High School Equivalence (HSE) class. Ms. Torres also has five years of experience teaching HSE. She has a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Fresno Pacific University.

Yanet Aguilar is the High School Equivalency (HEP) Instructor, and Intervention Specialist for the Migrant Education Program. She has 17 years of combined work experience serving the migratory and seasonal farmworkers, at-risk and disadvantaged youth, out-of-school youth, and adult learners. Her education includes an Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from Woodland Community College, a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education, and Spanish from Sacramento State University. Furthermore, she is pursuing a Teaching Credential from San Diego State University.

Maria Jauregui is a High School Equivalency (HSE) Teacher at California State University of Bakersfield (CSUB). She has almost 12 years of experience as a General Education Development GED/HiSET Instructor. She has been employed by CSUB (HEP), as a Spanish and English Instructor since September 2010. She also, taught for five years in a preschool for Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, in Arvin California. She taught for ten years in an Elementary School in México. She worked as an Accountant for five years in México. She was a Promoter of Adult Education in Mexico, for about 7 years. Her education includes a Master of Arts in Spanish, from CSUB, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies, from CSUB, a Pedagogical Baccalaureate with equivalence to Normal Basic for teachers of Elementary Education, and a Private Accountant Title from México.

Vanesa Saraza is an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and Saddleback College. She teaches Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Language Arts as part of the High School Equivalency curriculum. Miss Saraza also teaches Computer Skills and Small business classes. She has been helping adults to reach their goals for 10 years, at the colleges mentioned as well as at private companies. Miss Saraza is from Argentina; there, she worked managing construction companies, training teams in the use of managing software, and in projects for the Argentinian Census Bureau. She loves to spend time with her three kids enjoying nature and other activities. Miss Saraza is also a volunteer docent with LandPaths, an environmental education, and conservation nonprofit with the mission of fostering a love of the land.

Rocio Nanez Barrios is the Associate Faculty for the College Skills-Tutorial Department at Santa Rosa Junior College and has served twice on the institution's High School Equivalency Program (HEP) Advisory Board. She has more than 15 years as a strong advocate for students in the GED, Basic Skills, and Adult Education programs. Her Chemistry, Math, and Spanish background has been the most significant contribution to the academic successes of her students. Ms. Nanez Barrios' education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the National University of San Marcos, Peru, and a Master's Degree in Education from Sonoma State University.

Osvaldo Rodriguez has worked as a HiSET/GED instructor with SER for the past 16 years. He teaches Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing. Mr. Rodriguez services migrant farmworkers and at-risk youth; so, they can attain the Hight School Equivalency Certificate. He also volunteers by assisting the elderly as a handyman. Mr. Rodriguez is from Colombia where he worked as an Elementary and High School Teacher for a total of 12 years. He also worked as a consultant for educational research. He attained his Bachelors and Master's degrees in Education Administration, Supervision and Research from Universidad de La Sabana in Bogota, Colombia.

Graciela Salcido has been an Instructor in the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) for two years. Focused primarily on helping adults and farmworkers get their HSE certificate. Graduated from the University of Guadalajara (U de G), she has a degree in Chemical Engineering. Before migrating to the United States, she worked in Mexico in the area of research in the determination of the antioxidant capacity of medicinal plants and fruits, quantification of phenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanins.

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