Communication Labs Set Students Up for Success - Article, Office of College Advancement
Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
By Ohlone College.
The fight for recognition comes at the cost of break of dawn work sessions and midnight commutes home, but Ohlone College’s Communication Studies Department Professor Brenda Ahntholz emphasizes that it is all worth it.
The Ohlone College Communication Lab and Tutor Training Program is nationally certified by the National Association of Communication Centers (NACC), the second community college in the U.S. to receive the certification. The communication lab creates a welcoming environment for students to learn and practice excellent communication skills for future classes and the workplace.
“We are so proud of this great learning space for students and innovative center for peer-tutored learning,” says Ahntholz who serves as Director of Ohlone’s communication labs.
It is the faculty’s dedication to nurturing their students’ desire to learn that sets the program apart, although Ohlone’s communication studies program has won many awards, such as the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Model Communication Program of the Year and the NCA Communication Association’s Outstanding Educator of the Year. The many student success stories start within the communication department’s faculty.
Andrea Adams, professor of communication at Ohlone, is a former student of Ahntholz. Upon earning her BA in Rhetoric & Communication Studies at University of Richmond and her MA in Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University, Adams returned to her roots to pay it forward. This year, she guided the Ohlone College Forensics Team to multiple wins at 2016’s national debate tournaments. And Andrea is not the only student-turned-professor giving back to Ohlone’s communication studies program.
After receiving a degree in Communication Studies at Ohlone, Nick Chivers returned to Ohlone to share his critical thinking and communication skills to help prepare students for careers in marketing, journalism, business, broadcasting and more. Once on the receiving end of the individualized attention of professors like Ahntholz, Chivers now passionately supports his students.
“My experience as a student here helps me relate to my students—where they were, where they’re going, and the obstacles they face,” Chivers explains. “I become not just their professor, but also their friend.”
With faculty like Chivers, Ahntholz, and Adams, it is clear why the award-winning Communication Studies Program is so successful. Like Ahntholz, they insist that the work and commitment it takes to uphold the excellence of Ohlone College’s Communication Studies Program and Communcation Labs is all worth it.