NBC Learn Higher Ed Spotlight: Mentoring Students with NBC Learn
Donna Faucheux is a business and technology professor at Delgado Community College, in Slidell, Lousiana. Her 20-year teaching career began in an unlikely fashion. At the time Faucheux was working in Finance for a fire and safety equipment company, when she got involved in her children’s school community. The principal of the school recognized the passion she brought to her volunteering and recommended that she consider teaching as a profession.
After more than a decade of rewarding work teaching kindergarten and then high school students, Donna decided to transition to postsecondary education. She secured an adjunct professor position at Delgado where she started teaching human relations and entrepreneurship. “My husband owns a business so I had an inside line on the practical parts of teaching business classes, in addition to my finance experience,” Faucheux says. Eight years later, Faucheux is a full time professor at Delgado and teaches eight different business courses.
When she first started teaching, Faucheux assigned her students current events newspaper articles to read, but she struggled to keep them engaged. “My students just couldn’t get into it. This generation of students likes to be entertained and so I got hooked on the NBC videos.”
Faucheux often uses the current events section of NBC Learn Higher Ed, where 25-30 stories are added each week. She has her students summarize and respond with their opinions about the stories. “It has been rewarding for me and for the students because it is practical information. Some of the videos even touch their hearts,” Faucheux says. For example, in her Principles of Management course, Faucheux shares a few compelling stories from the “Making a Difference” series – an ongoing project at NBC News that highlights people who are making a difference in their communities. One example that Faucheux uses is a homeless valedictorian describing his road to success.
In Faucheux’s Internship course, she has the unique opportunity to mentor her students. Faucheux explains that the practical professional advice she is able to provide them, coupled with relevant NBC Learn current events videos, creates a powerful combination. “The relationships that I develop with my students are very personal. I get to see them use what they have learned in my class in the practical experience of working at a job.”
“As a professor, I love what I do,” says Faucheux. “And that’s what I try and tell my students. When you select a career, you have to be passionate about what you’re doing. It’s what gets you out of bed.” For Faucheux, teaching is a mission and her passion is watching her students grow.
See below for suggested resources that Faucheux uses in her other courses:
Principles of Management