Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:55:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2016 Distinguished Legislator award recipients announced http://mccatoday.org/2016/08/2016-distinguished-legislator-award-recipients-announced/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:24:53 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11816 The following legislators will be recognized for their efforts during the legislative session at MCCA’s annual convention November 2-4, 2016

Speaker of the House Todd Richardson
Richardson represents part of Butler County, including the City of Poplar Bluff (District 154), in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010 and reelected in November of 2012 and 2014.

In May 2015, Todd was selected by his peers to serve as the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. In this role, he was instrumental in securing an additional $4.5 million in equity funding and a 4% increase in performance funding for community colleges just this year.

In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Richardson is a practicing attorney in Poplar Bluff. Before being elected to the legislature he served as an adjunct instructor at Three Rivers College where he taught business law and national and state government classes.

House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins

Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins represents part of Johnson County (District 54) including the towns of Centerview, Holden, Knob Noster and Warrensburg in the Missouri House of Representatives. Hoskins is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS). He and his family live in Warrensburg where he is a Manager with Wilson, Toellner & Associates, and L.L.C. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 and elected to the office of Speaker Pro Tem in 2013. Rep. Hoskins has received several awards for his work on Veterans, Job Creation and Higher Education issues.

House Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot
Rep. Mike Cierpiot, a Republican, represents part of Jackson County (District 30) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010. Cierpiot was elected by his caucus and began his service as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader during the first regular session of the 97th General Assembly in January of 2013. After serving in that role for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 sessions, Cierpiot was elected by his colleagues to move into the role of Majority Floor Leader. He will serve in that position for the remainder of the 98th General Assembly.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe
The youngest of six children, Senator Kehoe was raised by a single parent – his mother. At the age of 15, he started washing cars for Dave Sinclair Ford, and worked his way up into sales management by his early 20s. When he was 25, Mike was given an opportunity lead Osage Industries in Linn, Missouri. During his time in Linn, he grew the employment from 25 to 60, and expanded product distribution from just two states to all of North America. In 1992, Mike sold Osage Industries to its employees and purchased the Ford and Lincoln-Mercury franchises, which he owned and operated for 20 years. In November 2010, he was elected to the Missouri Senate to represent the counties of Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan and Osage (District 6).

Representative Justin Alferman
Rep. Justin Alferman represents parts of Franklin, Gasconade and Osage Counties (District 61) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014. Prior to his legislative duties, Rep. Alferman worked as an Executive Assistant to the Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Mike Cierpiot. He has previously worked for former Rep. Ed Robb, former Rep. Brian Yates, and conducted research and grassroots for the Missouri Republican Party.

Senator Dan Brown
Sen. Dan Brown was sworn into office of the Missouri Senate in January of 2011, representing the 16th Senatorial District of Missouri. Previously he served in the Missouri House of Representatives representing the 149th District. In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Brown has practiced veterinary medicine for over 30 years in the Rolla area and has served on the Missouri Veterinary Licensing Board.

Representative Scott Fitzpatrick
Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick represents Barry and portions of Stone and Lawrence counties. He was first elected in November 2012 and is currently serving his second term in office. In 2014, Scott was appointed Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Budget; the committee tasked with drafting the State of Missouri’s $26 billion operating budget. In addition to his legislative duties, Scott is the President of MariCorp U.S., a Shell Knob based company that specializes in dock manufacturing and marine construction.

Representative Travis Fitzwater
Rep. Travis Fitzwater represents parts of Callaway and Cole Counties (District 49) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Fitzwater has worked in non-profit management as a marketing coordinator and chief operating officer. He’s also started a business, Fitzwater Enterprises, LLC, and worked on staff with a campus ministry teaching students about leadership and faith principles.

Senator Dan Hegeman
Elected in November 2014, Senator Dan Hegeman represents the 12th Senatorial District, which is comprised of 15 counties throughout northwest Missouri: Andrew, Atchison, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan and Worth. A former Missouri State Representative, Sen. Hegeman is currently president of Andrew County Farm Bureau. He is a lifetime farmer and is part owner of a six-generation family-owned row crop and cattle farm in Andrew County. Senator Hegeman currently serves as a community affairs manager for Kansas City Power & Light.

Senator Gina Walsh
Sen. Gina Walsh was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2012 to represent North St. Louis County. Prior to her service in the Senate, Walsh served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, representing North St. Louis County’s 69th District, which included Bellefontaine Neighbors, Glasgow Village, Jennings, Moline Acres and Riverview. While serving in the House, Sen. Walsh built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common sense solutions to the problems facing Missouri.

 

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Student upgrades her skills through MoSTEMWINs http://mccatoday.org/2016/08/student-upgrades-her-skills-through-mostemwins/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:53:56 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11806 Tieara MonroeTi’eara Monroe’s job as a home-health certified nursing assistant is challenging work, and her 12-hour shifts — evenings, overnights and weekends — aren’t on a set schedule. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old is also raising an 8-month-old son, Aiden.

On top of all that, the 2012 Raytown South High School grad is a full-time student at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, taking advantage of MCC’s MoSTEMWINs medical assistant program.

But Monroe has the road map in front of her and can see her destination: She makes $12 an hour as a CNA. She hopes to make $15 an hour as a medical assistant.

She’s also just 12 hours shy of earning an associate in applied science degree at MCC, and she eventually plans to become a registered nurse.

Aiden goes to daycare, and Monroe gets a lot of help from her mom. As she upgrades her skills and credentials, she hopes to gain more stable employment with hours that will give her more time with her son.

“Personally, I just want to do more. I want to be somebody,” Monroe says. “I want my son to look up to me, and when he gets older to say, ‘I know she had some challenges, but she stuck with it and completed her goals.’

“I always tell myself, ‘You can do this! You got this! You can get through this!’ I want to set an example for my son.”

MCC’s medical assistant program, funded by the MoSTEMWINs grant, was launched in June 2015; a fourth cohort of students started the six-month program this summer. Classes run each weekday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MCC’s Health Science Institute.

MoSTEMWINs covers tuition costs for eligible students. The program targets unemployed and underemployed individuals and veterans.

MCC’s goal is for 100 students to complete the medical assistant program. For more information, contact George Hudson, 816.604.5025 or George.Hudson@mcckc.edu.

This article was 100% funded by the MoSTEMWINs $19.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (TAACCCT). The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

MoWINS Project Website by MCCA Grant Staff licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.

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CMT and Missouri’s rural colleges hold first-ever statewide Empowering Education event http://mccatoday.org/2016/08/cmt-and-missouris-rural-colleges-hold-first-ever-statewide-empowering-education-event/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:19:47 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11802 Sedalia, Missouri – More than 250 people turned out to see rising CMT (Country Music Television) artist Courtney Cole and hear how Missouri’s rural colleges are changing the lives of students across the state.

“I never knew that I would love wiring cabinets and building big machines, but I do, and I am good at it.” Stephanie Ley, Moberly Area Community College graduate said in a video aired at the event.

Stephanie is a mother of seven and is currently working part time as an electrical control technician at Vulcan Systems. She also plans to start teaching this fall as an adjunct professor in Moberly’s mechatronics program. Stephanie was one of four students at the event who shared how they overcame the challenges in their lives in order to further their education.

“We were extremely excited to partner with CMT on this initiative,” Liz Roberts, MoWINs Deputy Project Manager for the Missouri Community College Association said. “Choosing to go to college can be a difficult decision for many individuals in our state. There are a lot of obstacles that can get in the way, but we wanted to show with this event that furthering your education is attainable. The students we showcased tonight are evidence of that.”

Through the Missouri Community College Association, nine of Missouri’s rural colleges partnered with Country Music television on the event, which was held on State Fair Community College’s campus.

“We were delighted to partner with CMT, MCCA and our sister colleges to host this event at SFCC,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president. “The students’ inspirational stories are a testament to the work that all community colleges do to help students earn college degrees. The message that college empowers individuals and changes lives was articulated by the entertainers Bluestem and Courtney Cole and the student panel. Sometimes it just takes one person to make the difference, and that’s what community colleges offer—personal touch, a helping hand and assistance with resources to lift barriers and make dreams come true. The event was a terrific way to tell our story and have fun with great musical entertainment.”

Missouri is the first statewide consortium to take part in the CMT Empowering Education Initiative, bringing the total reach of the program to 25 colleges across 17 states.

“Although the number of available jobs is on the rise nationally, many go unfilled due to the lack of applicants with the necessary skills or credentials; rural areas are among those which struggle the most,” Lucia Folk, the vice president of public affairs for CMT said. “Through this initiative, we’re working in smaller communities to highlight the available tools and resources to earn degrees and certificates. In less than two years, we’ve nearly doubled our reach, but there’s still much more to do.”

With star-power from a rising CMT artist and by highlighting student success stories, the program helps prospective students learn about solutions to some of the biggest obstacles they face, including financial aid and part-time programs.

The headliner of the event was Courtney Cole whose recent single hit # 1 on Taste of Country’s Top 10 Countdown. She also opened for Miranda Lambert on the 2015 ‘Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour’.

“There’s no better way to start a show than having these inspiring students share their stories,” Cole said. “It’s also an honor to be able to share mine through the power of music.”

Cole was chosen as the spokesperson of the campaign in April and will headline 10 events at community colleges across the nation over the course of the year.

Cole’s new self-titled EP is now available on iTunes and Spotify. Her latest single, “Ladylike”, co-written with Shane McAnally and Jimmy Robbins, has been added to Spotify’s New Boots playlist.

More information about all twelve of Missouri’s community colleges can be found on the Missouri Community College website at www.mccatoday.org.

About CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION: CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION is a comprehensive educational campaign that provides an online resource, CMTEMPOWERINGEDUCATION.COM, to aid CMT viewers in overcoming the most common perceived obstacles to furthering education. The site aggregates the multitude of existing, quality information, in one easy-to-navigate, central location, creating an individualized education action plan for each user. CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION supports Viacom’s overarching GET SCHOOLED initiative, a national platform that connects, inspires and mobilizes people – from policymakers and corporate leaders to communities and kids – to find effective solutions to the problems facing our education system.

About COURTNEY COLE: Courtney Cole is introducing her unique brand of fun-filled, energetic sound to fans with her new self-titled EP, now available on iTunes and Spotify. Her latest single, “Ladylike”, co-written with Shane McAnally and Jimmy Robbins, has been added to Spotify’s New Boots playlist. After being named a Spotify Spotlight Artist and one of Huffington Post’s Country Artists to Watch in 2015, Courtney ended last year with a bang as the opening act on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour.

With a new publishing deal at Warner/Chappell and named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Courtney is only just getting started. Gearing up in 2016 to hit the road opening for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and Thomas Rhett, she is bringing her hometown spirit of New Orleans into her music, her empowering lyrics and her live show. Check out Courtney at CourtneyColeMusic.com, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

About MCCA: The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas.  MCCA provides advocacy, professional development, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.

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$1 Million Rural Economic Development Loan Awarded to East Central http://mccatoday.org/2016/07/1-million-rural-economic-development-loan-awarded-to-east-central/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:46:08 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11752 East Central College has been awarded a $1 million zero-interest loan through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.

The funds will be used to offset costs associated with renovations to a property ECC purchased in 2015 that will house a Business and Industry Center. The Center will bring under one roof East Central’s advanced manufacturing programs which include Industrial Engineering Technology and Industrial Maintenance, Precision Machining, and Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration.  ECC’s Center for Workforce Development will also occupy the facility.

The REDLG program provides funding to rural projects through eligible local utility organizations across the nation. Crawford Electric Cooperative, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric utility, serves as the intermediary for this Rural Economic Development loan.

LogoForCWBAs part of a national competition for USDA loan funds, ECC and Crawford Electric submitted a joint application to support creation of a facility for advanced manufacturing and workforce development. The REDLG program is designed to support projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. East Central College, as the ultimate recipient of the loan, will repay Crawford Electric directly.

“East Central College’s project was a perfect partner for us to facilitate financing through USDA,” said Tony Mallory, Crawford Electric Cooperative’s CEO/general manager. “As a rural electric co-op, we’re well acquainted with the benefits of working together to enhance the quality of life in our area. Our commitment to our wider community includes support for education and training that will spur economic development.”

When completed this September, the Business and Industry Center will total 28,388 square feet. The facility will allow ECC to expand the Industrial Engineering Technology and Precision Machining programs which are currently housed in space ECC leases in Washington.  The HVAC program will relocate from the main campus, and a lab will be set up for short-term welding classes. The college paid $1.2 million for the facility and is spending another $3.8 million to renovate and expand the building.

According to ECC President Jon Bauer, “Partnering with Crawford Electric is an important piece in making this project possible.  We were fortunate to be awarded a $1.2 million Economic Development Administration grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as up to $600,000 in tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board.”  Bauer noted that the East Central College Foundation also has a capital campaign underway to raise funds with the goal of transforming the building into a first class center for workforce training.

“This project is a prime example of partnerships between key stakeholders,” stated Bauer. “Funding includes college, state, federal, and private dollars. All of these resources are being directed toward a facility that will train people for jobs right here in our region.”

Crawford Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy, a national alliance of locally owned, community-minded electric co-ops with high standards of service. Crawford Electric serves almost 20,000 meters along more than 3,300 miles of distribution lines in Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Washington and Dent counties. This is the first Rural Economic Development loan the co-op has facilitated.

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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.

This article was 100% funded by the MoSTEMWINs $19.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (TAACCCT). The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

MoWINS Project Website by MCCA Grant Staff licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.

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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.”

This article was 100% funded by the MoSTEMWINs $19.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (TAACCCT). The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

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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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