Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:58:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Non-credit longitudinal data project update http://mccatoday.org/2016/07/non-credit-longitudinal-data-project-update/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:52:27 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11734 Non-credit longitudinal data project update

Below are a few updates from Ronda Anderson on progress of the scorecard project:

Work on several aspects of the project is currently taking place –

  • IRG, the contractor that received the award for the development phase of the Scorecard Project, is working to enhance the longitudinal database to support the additional information for Scorecard.
  • Work is has begun with ESP, the vendor that maintains EMSAS, for the quarterly upload of the Noncredit Supplemental Data File.  The file will include data rules that will either require the user to change incorrect formats/entries or alert the user to check and confirm inconsistent data.
  • ITSD is working to convert ETPS to SQL Server so the format will be compatible, as well as adding the fields required for Scorecard.
  • The conversion of the Workforce Information Database to SQL Server is complete.

During the May Data Advisory Task Force meeting, it was noted that fields #40 and #45 of the Noncredit Supplemental Data File had the same name, and was a placeholder until we had the new field for stackable credentials identified.   The field name for #45 will be TRN_PROV_PROG_APP_ID_SUB.  This field will be used to identify stackable subprograms.  Data to be entered in this field is the unique program ID number assigned through ETPS.

Also, as schools have been building the Noncredit Supplemental Data File, it was brought to our attention that for field #43 PROGEXITSTAT there was no option to report a person that completed their coursework, but failed the class.   Since this field will allow more detailed reporting for administrative decision-making purposes, we are adding another option, 7=Failed Course.

ACTION ITEMS FOR THE SCHOOLS:

At the last Data Advisory Task Force meeting, several schools volunteered to submit data so that we may begin testing the system.  A couple of schools have said that they are ready to submit sample data files.  Please contact Jeremy Kintzel at DHE at Kintzel@dhe.mo.gov for guidance and instructions.   We will be ready to begin testing very shortly, and it is imperative that we have sample data to keep the project on schedule.

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MoSTEMWINs helps student find a new career path http://mccatoday.org/2016/07/mostemwins-helps-student-find-her-passion-in-pharmacy/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:43:15 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11729 MoSTEMWINs helps student find a new career path

In May 2015, armed with a bachelor of arts degree in philology and ethics, Abigail “Abby” Jonson of Farmington was underemployed and tired of trying to find a job in her field that paid a living wage in rural Missouri. She had begun thinking about a rewarding career in the health sciences industry.

After attending a Certified Pharmacy Technician informational event at Mineral Area College, Abby decided to apply for the 20-week, MoWINs certificate program, joining eight other students as they embarked on a training program that included classroom curriculum, two clinical rotations and hands-on lab skills.

“The Pharmacy Technician training program introduced a lot of new skills and technical concepts that have greatly benefited me as a CPhT,” Abby said. “The math, nomenclature and pharmacology portions of the program have given me confidence in filling prescriptions safely and accurately. The legal and regulatory aspects of the pharmacy practice, as well as its long history, was really interesting to learn about, and led to an appreciation of how far modern medicine has come and the attention to safety and effectiveness now present in the industry. Getting to learn more about pharmacokinetics (the way drugs move and act within the body) has provided an insight into how the therapies we provide are helping patients live better, more healthy lives.”

The 20 credit-hour, MoWINs Certificate of Completion program includes Introduction to Pharmacy Practice; Introduction to Pharmacy Lab; Pharmacy Calculations;   Pharmacology and Leadership Development. The students complete 240 hours of clinical rotations at retail and institutional settings, learning valuable, hands-on skills outside the classroom environment, all in preparation for an entry-level pharmacy technician job and the National Certification Exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  Those wanting to pursue additional education can apply these credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management – Retail Pharmacy Tech degree or a one-year Pharmacy Technician Certificate at Mineral Area College.

Abby’s first clinical rotation was at BJC’s Parkland Health Center in Farmington. In October 2015, Abby started working as a pharmacy technician at the Walgreens in Farmington.

“Having now seen both clinical/hospital pharmacy and community pharmacy, I can say they are vastly different environments,” Abby said. “While community pharmacy allows you to interface with patients on a daily basis and provide a more direct line of care, hospital practice is much more of a support position, and at times felt very technical. In particular, learning to reconstitute and mix injectable medications and IV fluids was very exacting as they’re often administered to especially-ill patients, and so the need for accuracy and an attention to aseptic techniques are of paramount importance.”

Abby’s supervisor at Walgreen’s, Danielle Landholt, PharmD, spoke highly of the program.

“As a positive aspect of higher education, this Mineral Area College program provides its students opportunities for personal growth and is an asset to our region’s healthcare industry,” Landholt said.

Abby indicated that she’s been pleased with her new line of work, and is grateful for the training that prepared her for it.

“The program made me confident in the skills I had gained. I was able to pass the PTCE on the first attempt with high marks and was certified in the beginning of November this past year,” Abby said.  “All in all, I found the experience to be wonderful, and it now sets me apart from other applicants who don’t have the same type of clinical experience.”

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With the Governor’s action on SB 638, nonpublic high schools will be able to apply to the State Board of Education to be certified as an A+ School. At the time that this legislation was debated during the session, the legislature committed to funding this expansion in large part because of MCCA’s longstanding position on the issue. Advocating for the full funding of the A+ program will be a top priority in MCCA’s legislative agenda next session.

In addition to the legislation relating to the A+ program, the Governor also signed SB 997 which contained provisions that would streamline course transfer and ensure that our students get the credit they’ve earned should they choose to further their education at one of Missouri’s public four-year institutions.

Shortly after the Governor’s decision on SB 638, he also announced that he would be withholding $115.5 million in new or increased spending across a broad range of sectors. Capital projects at Metropolitan Community College and Ozarks Technical Community College were included in the withhold; however, community college equity funding, performance funding and funding for A+ were spared.

The Governor cautioned that further restrictions would be necessary if the legislature overrides his vetoes of three tax breaks, which would reduce revenues by more than $60 million annually.

The Governor attributed his decision to withhold funds to less-than-projected revenue growth for the fiscal year ending on June 30. While collections from individual income taxes, sales taxes and withholding taxes all rose significantly in FY16, net corporate income taxes decreased by 35 percent compared to the previous year.

An itemized list of the $115.5 million in spending restrictions announced is available here.

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Barbara R. Kavalier, Ph.D., named fourth president of St. Charles Community College http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/barbara-r-kavalier-ph-d-named-fourth-president-of-st-charles-community-college/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:15:07 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11609 The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees has named Barbara R. Kavalier, Ph.D., district president of Narvarro College in Corsicana, Tex., as the next president of St. Charles Community College.  She will take the helm of Missouri’s fourth largest community college district Aug. 10, following the service of Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., who accepted the presidency at Cazenovia College in New York state earlier this year. Todd Galbierz, vice president for administrative services, will continue his service as interim president through Aug. 9.

Kavalier1Trustees agreed on the selection in the Closed Session meeting at the June 13 Board meeting after which employment arrangements were formulated and resulted in successful acceptance on June 22 after a four-month nationwide search process. Kavalier was selected from a large field of excellent candidates from across the country, said Pamela Cilek, secretary of the Board and chair of the Presidential Search Committee.

A committee representing the Board, faculty, staff, students, Foundation Board, and community residents participated in screening and interviewing the candidates. The Board of Trustees also invited and considered feedback from the Search Committee and individual attendees of Open Forums hosted for each candidate on campus. The search was coordinated by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).

“We are thrilled with the results of the presidential search and the selection of Dr. Barbara Kavalier as the college’s next leader,” Cilek said.  She said Kavalier’s years of experience in college leadership and administration and her commitment to student success, academic innovation, community partnerships and the community college mission prepared her well to become SCC’s fourth president.

Since 2013, Kavalier served as district president for Navarro College, an institution with four campuses and one career and technical center that serves five counties in Central Texas. Prior to her role at Navarro College, she served as the president of San Jose City College in San Jose, Calif. She has extensive experience working in large, multi-college districts, including serving as vice president for student services within the San Diego Community College District, one of the largest college districts in California, and 20 years as an administrator within the Dallas County Community College District.

In the area of academics, she served as a faculty member for the Ed.D. Program in Higher Education Leadership at San Diego State University, was a Visiting Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin and served for many years as an adjunct faculty with the Dallas County Community College District.

Kavalier holds a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in business and human relations from Amberton University, a Bachelor of Science degree in education, majoring in English from Texas Christian University, and an Associate Degree from Mountain View College.

Board President Jean Ehlmann said that in selecting Kavalier, trustees were impressed with her 35 years of progressive experience in higher education including her work with business and industry, research, strategic planning, technology, accreditation and leadership in academic program development. “The Board is confident she will offer the kind of leadership and inspiration that will help the college achieve its most ambitious goals and further enhance the quality of programs and services for which our college is known.”

“I’m very honored to have been selected as the next president of St. Charles Community College,” Kavalier said. “As SCC celebrates its 30th year, I’m excited to work alongside such a strong Board and an incredible group of faculty and staff. One only has to step on the beautiful campus to feel a sense of pride in the facilities, as well as in the programs and services that serve the community.”

Kavalier is a nationally recognized researcher, author and presenter on higher education topics, including strategic planning, entrepreneurial leadership, innovative instruction, employee recruitment and development, shared governance and institutional effectiveness. She holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was a U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dance Association instructor. She is married to Jim Kavalier, a retired community college faculty member.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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SCC kicked off three-part Title IX training series http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/scc-kicked-off-three-part-title-ix-training-series/ Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:10:21 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11604 Joining forces with St. Louis region colleges and universities, including St. Louis University (SLU), Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and others, St. Charles Community College’s Title IX coordinator, Sylvia Edgar, participates in a quarterly roundtable that serves as a resource for local and regional Title IX administrators.

The group discusses ideas on policy development, availability of affordable and relevant training opportunities, and recent developments on national level topics.

Area Title IX administrators gathered for training on Working With Campus Crime Victims With Disabilities and Special Victim Populations this May at St. Charles Community College.

Area Title IX administrators gathered for training on Working With Campus Crime Victims With Disabilities and Special Victim Populations this May at St. Charles Community College.

To address the need for affordable and relevant training opportunities, Edgar contacted the Department for Justice Programs-Office for Victims of Crime to create a free, three-part training series customized to this region.

SCC kicked off the series in May by hosting a two-day training that focused on Working With Campus Crime Victims With Disabilities and Special Victim Populations. Regional educational intuitions and social service agencies were invited to attend.

“SCC employees had an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from local educational institutions and learn how other campuses address issues,” Edgar said.

Upcoming trainings will be held on SLU’s and WUSTL’s campuses and will cover Enhancing Collaborative Response to LGBTQIA Victims and Providing Culturally Competent Services to Victims of Crime.

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SCC Board of Trustees announces four finalists in presidential search http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/scc-board-of-trustees-announces-four-finalists-in-presidential-search/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:17:23 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11601 The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees has named four finalists in the search for the institution’s next president.

Four candidates will visit the campus between June 10-13.  Groups meeting with the candidates include students, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees and local community and business leaders.

“At a special closed session meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 1, the Board narrowed the list of candidates to four,” said Pamela Cilek, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and secretary of the SCC Board of Trustees.  “We are excited to learn more about the finalists and host them on the beautiful college campus.”

The candidates are: Darrell L. Cain, Ph.D., vice chancellor of student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College System (Ind.); Cliff Davis, president of Table Rock campus and system vice chancellor at Ozarks Technical Community College (Mo.); Barbara R. Kavalier, Ph.D., district president at Navarro College (Tex.); and, Ted Lewis, Ed.D, vice president of academic affairs at Pellissippi State College (Tenn.).

The public forum schedule is: 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 10 – Darrell L. Cain, Ph.D.; 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, June 10 – Ted Lewis, Ed.D; 10-11 a.m. Monday, June 13 – Barbara R. Kavalier, Ph.D.; and, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 – Cliff Davis.

The college began a presidential search when SCC President Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., announced in January 2016 his acceptance of a presidency in New York state. In May, the Presidential Search Committee reviewed applications and made recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Information regarding the college’s presidential search can be found on the SCC website,www.stchas.edu/presidentialsearch.  “The Board looks forward to a successful conclusion to the search and to naming the next president of St. Charles Community College,” Cilek said.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit stchas.edu.

Editor’s Note:  Please see brief biographical information on each candidate below.

DARRELL L. CAIN, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Ivy Tech Community College System (Indianapolis, Ind.)

DrCain_reduceiiDarrell L. Cain, Ph.D., was raised in Gary, Ind., and is a first-generation college student.  Cain started his educational journey at Pasadena City College in California. A year later, he relocated back to the Midwest and enrolled at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and management. He then earned a master’s degree from Ball State University in college student personnel administration.

After graduating from Ball State University, he continued to work for several universities including Youngstown State University and the University of Maryland.

He earned his doctorate at Virginia Tech University in education leadership and policy studies with a minor in instructional technology. During graduate school, he returned to his alma mater, Indiana University-Bloomington, to serve as a faculty fellow teaching in the Instructional System Technology Department.

While earning his doctorate at Virginia Tech, he started an online sports apparel business called Logo Sports. Cain later relocated to Atlanta and continued his business for three years until his family expanded.

While in Atlanta, he worked for Noel Levitz as a retention consultant and traveled developing retention plans and services for various colleges and universities. He then took a position as the dean for academic affairs at Atlanta Technical College. After serving as a dean, he became vice president for teaching and learning at Eastfield College in Dallas. He returned to Indiana to serve as the vice chancellor for student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College System.

Cain has held several teaching positions and currently teaches in the graduate school at the University of Maryland University College. He has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience, and has presented and authored numerous articles. His research interest is centered on the pedagogical implications of teaching and learning with technology, student retention and success, and learning outcomes assessment.

 

CLIFF DAVIS
President, Table Rock Campus, and System Vice Chancellor
Ozarks Technical Community College (Missouri)

Cliff Davis 5X7Cliff Davis has served as an administrator at the Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) System since 2004. He is currently the president of the OTC Table Rock Campus and also serves as system vice chancellor. Previously, Davis served as vice chancellor for advancement, student affairs and strategic planning, while also serving as executive director of the OTC Foundation.

Davis has a comprehensive background in community college and university administration with an emphasis in the areas of student affairs, enrollment management, research and strategic planning, advancement, fundraising, governmental relations, grants development, marketing, public relations and workforce development.

Davis’ accomplishments include: spearheading the OTC Strategic Plan 2020 through a comprehensive strategic planning process; leading an enrollment management effort that significantly increased completion rates; leveraging strong relationships with leaders at Missouri State University to strengthen academic pathways, easing the transfer of OTC students; leading successful campaign efforts to annex the City of Hollister and the City of Branson into the OTC taxing district, resulting in an additional $1.3 million in annual revenue; and raising more than $25 million in pledges, contributions and grants through the OTC Foundation.

In 2014-2015, Davis served as chair of the Presidents and Chancellors Council for the Missouri Community College Association. He was appointed by the commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education to assist in developing the new coordinated plan for higher education in Missouri. Mr. Davis currently serves on the CoxHealth Hospital Advisory Board and the Branson Chamber of Commerce and Convention, and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.

Prior to joining OTC, Davis served as assistant to the president/director of governmental relations and assistant to the vice president for student affairs at Missouri State University. He has taught undergraduate classes in communication and marketing at both Missouri State and Drury University and master’s- and doctoral-level courses in higher education administration for Lindenwood University.

Davis graduated from Missouri State University with a Master of Arts degree in communication and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. He will complete a doctorate in Higher Education Administration (ABD) from Lindenwood University in the summer of 2016.

  

BARBARA R. KAVALIER, Ph.D.
District President
Navarro College (Corsicana, Tex.)

Kavalier1With more than 35 years of experience in higher education, Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., has served as a classified staff member, faculty member and administrator within the community college system. Since 2013, Kavalier has served as District President for Navarro College, an institution with four campuses and one career and technical center that serves five counties in Central Texas. Prior to her role at Navarro College, she served as the president of San Jose City College in San Jose, Calif. She has extensive experience working in large, multi-college districts, including serving as vice president for student services within the San Diego Community College District, one of the largest college districts in California, and 20 years as an administrator within the Dallas County Community College District.

As district president of Navarro College, Kavalier has provided leadership needed to strengthen and advance technology, develop a comprehensive strategic plan and ensure a successful reaffirmation process. She worked in the community, establishing the Partners in Progress program. Under her leadership, Navarro College has been recognized by the Brookings Institute as a value-added community college, was named one of the top 100 colleges in the nation for producing certificates in technical programs and associate degrees in education, and was recognized as one of the top 10 colleges in Texas. As president of San Jose City College, Kavalier led reaffirmation efforts needed to remove the college from probation. She established the African-American/Latino Male Summit, introduced new technical programs and outreach activities, and provided leadership to the development and implementation of a master facility plan and strategic plan.

Kavalier is a nationally recognized researcher, author and presenter on higher education topics, including strategic planning, entrepreneurial leadership, innovative instruction, employee recruitment and development, shared governance and institutional effectiveness. She served as a faculty member for the Ed.D. Program in Higher Education Leadership at San Diego State University, was a Visiting Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin and served for many years as an adjunct faculty with the Dallas County Community College District.

Kavalier holds a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in business and human relations from Amberton University, a Bachelor of Science degree in education, majoring in English from Texas Christian University, and an Associate Degree from Mountain View College. She holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was a United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association instructor. She is married to Jim Kavalier, a retired community college faculty member.

 

TED LEWIS, Ed.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Pellissippi State Community College (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Dr. Lewis PhotoTed Lewis, Ed.D., is vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Pellissippi State Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Texas Wesleyan University; a Master of Science degree in political science from the University of North Texas; and a Doctorate of Education in educational administration with a specialization in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lewis has taught for more than 30 years at the college level and has been inducted into Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He was founding dean of instruction at Lone Star College-CyFair, and department chairperson at Collin College and the director of its Bellwether award-winning learning communities program.

He has conducted workshops and made presentations on curriculum development, community partnerships and active learning strategies for the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Association for Higher Education, the Community College of Qatar, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the National Council of Instructional Administrators, the National Council for Workforce Education and other international educational organizations. Lewis has also written about and published research in political science and student centered learning strategies in such publications as theCommunity College Daily, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, the Journal of the League for Innovation in the Community College and the National Social Science Journal.

Lewis has served on several educational boards and foundations and is president-elect of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges. He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and former club president. Active in his community, Lewis is chairman of the Historic Ramsey House Board of Directors and serves on the board of the Knoxville Area Urban League, the Tennessee Technology Center Advisory Committee and the Great Schools Partnership Community Schools Taskforce. He is an alumnus of Leadership Knoxville and serves as mentor to 15 Tennessee Achieves/Tennessee Promise scholarship recipients.

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North Central Missouri College welcomes new president http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/north-central-missouri-college-welcomes-new-president/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:09:06 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11593 dr. klaver1Dr. 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 two grown daughters.

Dr. Klaver earned his doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. His first degree was earned from Iowa Central Community College. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.  Klaver is currently the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. Previously, he was the Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Advancement and tenured faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Dr. Lenny Klaver began his professional career as an instructor and coach at Mormon Trail Community School in Garden Grove, Iowa. He is an Iowa native.

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MCCA moves the needle on all four legislative priorities http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/mcca-moves-the-needle-on-all-four-legislative-priorities/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:58:25 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11581
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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 it’s 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 addition to the priorities on our legislative agenda, we also initiated a process that will streamline course transfer and ensure that our students get the credit they’ve earned should they choose to further their education at one of Missouri’s public four-year institutions.

There were a number of efforts this session to pass sweeping changes to Missouri’s gun laws. Several significant changes made it across the finish line; however, we worked behind the scenes to ensure that conceal and carry on campus will continue to be a decision that is made at the local level by community college Trustees.

We also fended off several attempts to expand the A+ program. Despite our efforts, in the final hours of the legislative session an amendment was passed that would expand the program to private high schools. Because MCCA has a longstanding and well-known position on this issue, legislators committed to fund this expansion. Should Governor Nixon approve this legislation, then next session, we will ask that the General Assembly keep their promise to fully-fund the A+ program for all eligible students.

We certainly could not have had the legislative session that we did without the support of key leaders in the legislature. We would especially like to thank the leadership of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Governor’s office for their work on behalf of our colleges this session. In the coming weeks and months, we will formally thank and recognize these individuals for their efforts.

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SCC alumna to attend 2016 National Council on Standards for Human Service Education Conference http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/scc-alumna-to-attend-2016-national-council-on-standards-for-human-service-education-conference/ Mon, 23 May 2016 17:10:21 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11551 Stephanie Whitlock, St. Charles Community College alumna and member of Tau Upsilon Alpha (TUA) Lambda Chapter of the National Human Service Honor Society, has been awarded a scholarship from TUA to attend the 2016 National Council on Standards for Human Service Education Conference Oct. 19-22, in Tampa Bay, Fla.

This year’s conference is dedicated to examining “The News ‘Realities’ in America: Preparing for the Challenges Ahead.” The conference will examine the dynamics and impact of issues from diminishing funding sources to new measures of evaluating the use of those funds, from a more diverse client population in terms of ethnicity, age, lifestyle and socioeconomic status, to how human services workers face challenges they have never experienced.

Conference attendees will attempt to uncover new and emerging issues so the Human Service profession may be prepared for them.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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SCC Career Services awards recent grad with job search survival kit http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/scc-career-services-awards-recent-grad-with-job-search-survival-kit/ Mon, 23 May 2016 17:08:54 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11547 During the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, St. Charles Community College’s career services department held a contest, Jump Start Your Career, for SCC students. The goal of the contest was to get students prepared for life after college by attending career-related events.

Kevin Chen, winner of Career Service’s contest, with his job search survival kit.

Kevin Chen, winner of Career Service’s contest, with his job search survival kit.

“Any student who came into the office for career or job search assistance appointment could be entered into the contest,” said Martha Toebben, career services manger. “Also, if a student attended a career services event, such as workshops, the annual Job Fair, the Technology Job Fair or the Panache That Pays Etiquette Luncheon, they could also be entered. At the end of the semester, there were more than 440 entries in the contest.” 

The contest prize was a basket full of job search survival goodies, including a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a Macy’s gift card to help purchase an interview outfit, a portfolio, job search books and several other items, including an SCC coffee mug and flash drive donated by the SCC Bookstore.

The winner of the drawing, Kevin Chen, is a 2016 SCC graduate. Kevin took advantage of several career services, including scheduling an appointment for help with his résumé, attending a job search workshop and attending the Technology Job Fair. 

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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