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Diversity gets a foot in the door
Photos and Story by James Hill
Finding part-time faculty work for Mexican-American Olivia Alcaire was a challenge. She rarely was a finalist for jobs and didn’t know anyone at PCC with whom she could network. That all changed when Alcaire discovered PCC’s new Faculty Internship Program.
"It was a foot in the door at PCC," said Alcaire, a faculty intern in 2006-07. "I was really excited getting into the program. It connected me to folks. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to teach and go through the program, working with James Harrison and getting to know the PCC faculty."
The Faculty Internship Program pairs aspiring instructors with experienced college faculty in their field of expertise for a year-long internship in the teaching profession. The major benefit is the relationship the interns develop with their mentor. Interns get to observe the mentor and gain valuable experience from teaching portions of the mentor’s courses in fall and winter