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North Central Missouri College welcomes new president

Dr. Lenny Klaver (pro-nounced clay-ver) of Houghton, Michigan officially began his duties as president of North Central Missouri College on June 1. The Trustees of North Central Missouri College voted to offer a contract to Klaver on March 31. He was one of two finalists invited to Trenton to meet with the community and college officials.  Dr. Klaver and his son Easton will plan to move to Trenton in the coming months.  Easton will graduate from high school this May. Dr. Klaver also has ... Read more

MCCA moves the needle on all four legislative priorities

This year, MCCA celebrated one of our most successful legislative sessions on record: 1. We secured an additional $4.5 million in equity funding for Missouri's community colleges. 2. We ensured that Missouri will keep its A+ promise by advocating for and receiving an additional $2.5 million to fully-fund the A+ Scholarship program for another year. 3. We worked with our four-year partners to lock in a 4 percent increase in performance funding. 4. We helped to maintain support and funding for the Missouri Works Training Program. In ... Read more

Moberly’s MoSTEMWINs program goes mobile

Moberly's MoSTEMWINs program goes mobile Moberly Area Community College’s new mobile lab will increase accessibility to the college’s mechatronics program while saving money on costly equipment. While industries in the communities of four of the other MACC sites have expressed interest in technicians trained in the mechatronics program, the communities are too small to support a full program. With the new mobile lab, MACC will be able to meet these needs without purchasing expensive equipment for each site. Students from these communities would have ... Read more

ECC Names New Vice President of Instruction

East Central College has named Dr. Tia Robinson as the new vice president of instruction.  She  replaces Jean McCann who is retiring after 24 years at the college. The appointment to the position was approved by college trustees at their May 9 board meeting.  Robinson will begin working at ECC July 1. Robinson said that she is excited to become a part of ECC’s commitment to student success and inspiring excellence.  “It is evident that ECC has the pulse of the community and ... Read more

Changes to the A+ Scholarship Program advance

Every year, the final weeks of the legislative session signal a frenzy of activity. There are simply too many bills and not enough time to pass them all, so legislators tack amendments onto the legislation that is most likely to pass. This is exactly what happened to SB 650, which eliminates the requirement that students have to attend an A+ high school for the immediate three years before graduation. Earlier in the session, MCCA provided testimony in support of the bill as it ... Read more

MoSTEMWINs launches third and final data project

MoSTEMWINs launches third and final data project MoSTEMWINs awarded the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) the contract to develop Missouri’s first-ever credit for prior learning course crosswalk to national standards. The crosswalk will be used to chart college-level learning or training that takes place outside the traditional classroom and identify approved course equivalents. Crosswalks typically use industry and national standards to determine if credit should be awarded. Similar credit for prior learning initiatives have proven to increase retention and completion and accelerate ... Read more

Jefferson College uses open source software to beef up student advising

Jefferson College PREP Information from Jefferson College on Vimeo. Last fall, Jefferson College implemented an integrated planning and advising system called Student Success Plan, to support students in the MoSTEMWINs Grant programs. Student Success Plan is an open source, customizable software package developed by Sinclair Community College. Jefferson’s custom installation has been branded Personal Resource and Education Plan or PREP. PREP provides students with a personalized map to their academic and career success.  At this time, this service is available to students studying ... Read more

Governor signs FY2017 higher education budget

MCCA's advocacy efforts paid off yesterday as Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 2003, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for higher education. The budget includes many of MCCA's top priorities, including: A $4.5 million increase in community college equity funding A 4 percent performance funding increase And a $2.5 million increase for the A+ scholarship program All told, the budget increases community college funding by roughly $10 million, and provides an additional $71.3 million for higher education as a whole. This will bring state support for operations at Missouri public ... Read more

MCCA tackles performance funding and developmental education

This week, Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education approved MCCA's recommendation to replace two outdated performance funding measures that financially penalize Missouri’s colleges. Since the initial performance funding measures were drafted, studies done by groups like Complete College America have shown that there are more effective methods than the traditional developmental education sequence. For that reason, many of Missouri’s community colleges have adopted innovative remedial education approaches. These innovations, though, have evolved more quickly than the performance funding model itself. In fact, two of ... Read more

Phi Theta Kappa and Excellence in Teaching award ceremony

MCCA honored 59 outstanding community colleges students and faculty at this month's Phi Theta Kappa and Excellence in Teaching award ceremony. About the Awards The All-Missouri Academic Team.  Missouri was the first state to recognize outstanding students through an all-state academic team program.  The Missouri Community College Association and Phi Theta Kappa worked together to create the inaugural program in 1994.  Since then, the idea has been adopted by 36 other states and is an important part of Phi Theta Kappa’s national agenda. Members ... Read more
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