Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:30:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watson Hopeful Ferguson Commission Will Create “Blueprint of What to Do” http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/watson-hopeful-ferguson-commission-will-create-blueprint-of-what-to-do/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/watson-hopeful-ferguson-commission-will-create-blueprint-of-what-to-do/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:04:37 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9101 Watson_webByron Watson, a police officer at St. Louis Community College, hit the ground running after being appointed to Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Commission in late December.

Within days he was taking part in late night conference calls, and on Jan. 10, was part of the Youth Speak Commission event held at STLCC’s Florissant Valley campus. It was there that his role on the commission became clear.

“As the young people left the podium after speaking, one of the things I noticed was that they felt like they’d been heard. We have to tap into that,” Watson said. “You have to give people hope. When people lose hope, society pays.”

Watson was chosen for the commission because of his background in both law enforcement and community engagement. Watson served for 27 years with the St. Louis County Police Department before joining STLCC in 2008. During his 27 years with the county police, Watson served as a community relations officer and as supervisor of the Community Policing Unit. He was part of organizing and developing more than 100 Neighborhood Watch programs. He also served as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education/School Resource Supervisor.

Since 2010, Watson has been assigned to STLCC’s William J. Harrison Education Center.

“My work in the schools and with the community is what Gov. Nixon said impressed him the most,”
Watson said. “What I bring is that I know both sides. I know how to build bridges between the community and the police. That is the perspective I bring to the commission.”

Watson said Nixon told him while he was looking for an additional law enforcement perspective on the commission, Watson’s background in education, community engagement and law enforcement made him a better choice than an active duty member of the St. Louis Country Police Department. Watson was recommended to Nixon by Kevin Ahlbrand, Ferguson Commission member and president of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police.

In addition to his overall role, Watson serves on the commission subcommittee focusing on municipal courts and police. Watson believes this his day-to-day interactions with STLCC students will pay dividends for both the commission and the college.

“I’m going to be a sounding board for our students,” Watson said. “They are going to feel like they have a voice in this process. It shows that we as a college have skin in the game.”

The commission has been charged with delivering recommendations to Nixon by Sept. 15. While the commission members recognize that their task is challenging, they also realize that they are playing an important role in moving the St. Louis community forward in a positive way.

“Change doesn’t happen overnight. Do we have all the answers? No. Are we making progress? Yes. We are uncovering some of the issues that are driving some of the anger and some of the frustration,” Watson said. “The eyes of the world are looking at St. Louis, and we can either be a blueprint for what to do, or a blueprint for what not to do. We hope this is a blueprint of what to do.”

 

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Granger Selected to Serve on State Mathematics Taskforce Executive Committee http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/granger-selected-to-serve-on-state-mathematics-taskforce-executive-committee/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/granger-selected-to-serve-on-state-mathematics-taskforce-executive-committee/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:11:40 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9098 Kimberly Granger

Kimberly Granger

Kimberly Granger, Ed.D.,  associate professor of mathematics at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, is one of four individuals statewide selected to serve on the Missouri Department of Higher Education Math Pathways Taskforce Executive Committee.

The full taskforce is comprised of one member from every two- year and four-year college or university in Missouri. The members will study how gateway math courses align with a student’s academic course of study.

College algebra is the historical requirement for most colleges and universities and became the traditional math course to offer in the 1950s to prepare students for calculus. Today, however, most students are in majors that do not require calculus.

The taskforce will look at both gateway courses and prerequisite courses to determine math pathways with relevant and challenging math content aligned to specific areas of study. They will also explore how to better integrate academic support with the curriculum to increase student success.

Missouri is one of seven states participating in initiatives to dramatically increase the percentage of students who pass gateway math courses. The initiatives are supported by The Charles A. Dana Center for Mathematics and Science Education and Complete College America, a national nonprofit that works with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees, and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

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SFCC founding trustee Dr. Donald C. Proctor dies http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/sfcc-founding-trustee-dr-donald-c-proctor-dies-2/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/sfcc-founding-trustee-dr-donald-c-proctor-dies-2/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:48:03 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9096 SEDALIA—Dr. Donald C. Proctor, a founding member of the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees, died Thursday at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.

Proctor, along with other Sedalia Jaycees, was instrumental in establishing the college. One of six original board members elected in 1966, he served 36 years until retiring from the board in April 2002. The college named the library in his honor at his retirement reception.

Proctor, who turned 91 on Jan. 13, lived in Sedalia with his wife Janet. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A celebration of life is planned from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Heckart Family Center and a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church.

SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson said Proctor’s legacy of exemplary service lives on at SFCC.

“He set a standard for caring and compassion that is still reflected in our board today,” she said. “We are extremely grateful for his years of service, and I have no doubt he is one of the longest-serving trustees in the state.”

Current board member Jerry Greer, who served with Proctor for eight years, said Proctor was a farsighted individual who was always thinking of the good of the college and its students.

“I worked for him when I was employed at SFCC and worked with him as a board member,” said Greer. “Anywhere you would see him, he would recognize you; he was jovial and fun. I had a high regard and a lot of respect for the man. His greatest contribution is the college today; it was his vision for it to be what it is today.”

Greer said the board’s decision to name the library after Proctor was an easy one.

“Don was an educated man, and he was pro-education,” said Greer. “It was a natural connection, and we thought it would be an excellent tribute to him.”

Alan Wilson, who served with Proctor from 1986-1988 and again from 1992-1998, said Proctor brought a tremendous amount of insight to the workings of the college.

“He was always a balancing force,” said Wilson. “He was a great supporter of both the employees and the college itself. He was pleasant and fair, looked at both sides of each issue and always got his point across without a big stick. He gave 36 years to a volunteer position, which says a tremendous amount about his level of commitment to the college and this community.”

Former SFCC President Dr. Stephen Poort, who was serving when Proctor retired from the board, said Proctor did more for SFCC in his 36 years as a trustee than most people will ever know.

“He was unequaled,” said Poort. “I remember him fondly as an absolutely brilliant person who loved the college as if it were his own child. I recall standing with him one day, our arms around each other’s shoulders, looking out on the campus. I said, ‘Doc, did you ever in your wildest dreams think you’d see what you see before you today?’ He gave me a hug and said no. I was lucky to have him in my life, as was the college.”

Poort said Proctor and the other original trustees served as incredible ambassadors of the college to the community.

“The quality of their leadership was outstanding and rare,” he said. “They were true statesmen. They had stature in the community and the respect of the community. When they spoke, people listened—and they led the way.”

Board of Trustees President Gary Noland called Proctor a wonderful man.

“He was caring, compassionate and intelligent, and he loved our students,” he said.

When he retired as a trustee, Proctor said highlights of his years on the board included hiring Fred Davis as SFCC’s first president; construction of “Plywood U,” the college’s first building; the first estate gift from the (Charles E.) Yeater family followed by generous gifts from other families; and the construction of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and the Multipurpose Center.

“I’m perhaps proudest of the quality of the faculty and board members over the years, and of the fact that probably no other college in the nation has a higher percentage of buildings built by individual donations,” said Proctor. “It’s been a lovely time. The college is really something; I think it ranks well with any junior college in the state. It’s been a labor of love, for me; we’ve always had people who worked together well, I think, and I hope it stays that way.”

Proctor was one of six persons from a field of 17 to be elected to the college’s first board of trustees after the Junior College District of Sedalia was established by public vote on April 5, 1966. He took the oath of office May 9, 1966.

He served as vice chairman/vice president from 1972-1974 and 1986-1990, as secretary from 1984-1986 and as president from 1990-2002.

During the college’s 40th anniversary Founders’ Day luncheon in August 2008, the Board of Trustees presented Proctor with a resolution naming him a trustee emeritus. The resolution commemorated Proctor’s outstanding service and contributions to education; his dedication to his career, the college and his community; and his passion for the success of students and SFCC.

As a trustee, Proctor also was a director of the SFCC Foundation. He accepted emeritus status to the foundation board when he retired as a trustee in 2002.

A physician, Proctor retired in 1990 after 35 years as a general practitioner in Sedalia. He served two terms as the youngest chief of staff of Bothwell Regional Health Center, and was the first physician to serve on the hospital’s Board of Trustees. In 1992-93 he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Critical Choices for Higher Education.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri-Columbia with A.B. and B.S. degrees and received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He also served 3 1/2 years as a meteorologist for the U.S. Air Force and in 1945 was on the first crew ever to fly into the eye of a hurricane to track it.

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State Fair Community College Board of Trustees President Gary Noland, left, hands Dr. Donald C. Proctor a resolution naming him a trustee emeritus at the college’s 40th anniversary Founders’ Day luncheon in August 2008. Proctor, who died Jan. 15, was one of the college’s founding trustees and served on the board for 36 years.

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SFCC founding trustee Dr. Donald C. Proctor dies http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/sfcc-founding-trustee-dr-donald-c-proctor-dies/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/sfcc-founding-trustee-dr-donald-c-proctor-dies/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:23:05 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9091 SEDALIA—Dr. Donald C. Proctor, a founding member of the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees, died Thursday at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.

Proctor, along with other Sedalia Jaycees, was instrumental in establishing the college. One of six original board members elected in 1966, he served 36 years until retiring from the board in April 2002. The college named the library in his honor at his retirement reception.

Proctor, who turned 91 on Jan. 13, lived in Sedalia with his wife Janet. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A celebration of life is planned from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Heckart Family Center and a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church.

SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson said Proctor’s legacy of exemplary service lives on at SFCC.

“He set a standard for caring and compassion that is still reflected in our board today,” she said. “We are extremely grateful for his years of service, and I have no doubt he is one of the longest-serving trustees in the state.”

Current board member Jerry Greer, who served with Proctor for eight years, said Proctor was a farsighted individual who was always thinking of the good of the college and its students.

“I worked for him when I was employed at SFCC and worked with him as a board member,” said Greer. “Anywhere you would see him, he would recognize you; he was jovial and fun. I had a high regard and a lot of respect for the man. His greatest contribution is the college today; it was his vision for it to be what it is today.”

Greer said the board’s decision to name the library after Proctor was an easy one.

“Don was an educated man, and he was pro-education,” said Greer. “It was a natural connection, and we thought it would be an excellent tribute to him.”

Alan Wilson, who served with Proctor from 1986-1988 and again from 1992-1998, said Proctor brought a tremendous amount of insight to the workings of the college.

“He was always a balancing force,” said Wilson. “He was a great supporter of both the employees and the college itself. He was pleasant and fair, looked at both sides of each issue and always got his point across without a big stick. He gave 36 years to a volunteer position, which says a tremendous amount about his level of commitment to the college and this community.”

Former SFCC President Dr. Stephen Poort, who was serving when Proctor retired from the board, said Proctor did more for SFCC in his 36 years as a trustee than most people will ever know.

“He was unequaled,” said Poort. “I remember him fondly as an absolutely brilliant person who loved the college as if it were his own child. I recall standing with him one day, our arms around each other’s shoulders, looking out on the campus. I said, ‘Doc, did you ever in your wildest dreams think you’d see what you see before you today?’ He gave me a hug and said no. I was lucky to have him in my life, as was the college.”

Poort said Proctor and the other original trustees served as incredible ambassadors of the college to the community.

“The quality of their leadership was outstanding and rare,” he said. “They were true statesmen. They had stature in the community and the respect of the community. When they spoke, people listened—and they led the way.”

Board of Trustees President Gary Noland called Proctor a wonderful man.

“He was caring, compassionate and intelligent, and he loved our students,” he said.

When he retired as a trustee, Proctor said highlights of his years on the board included hiring Fred Davis as SFCC’s first president; construction of “Plywood U,” the college’s first building; the first estate gift from the (Charles E.) Yeater family followed by generous gifts from other families; and the construction of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and the Multipurpose Center.

“I’m perhaps proudest of the quality of the faculty and board members over the years, and of the fact that probably no other college in the nation has a higher percentage of buildings built by individual donations,” said Proctor. “It’s been a lovely time. The college is really something; I think it ranks well with any junior college in the state. It’s been a labor of love, for me; we’ve always had people who worked together well, I think, and I hope it stays that way.”

Proctor was one of six persons from a field of 17 to be elected to the college’s first board of trustees after the Junior College District of Sedalia was established by public vote on April 5, 1966. He took the oath of office May 9, 1966.

He served as vice chairman/vice president from 1972-1974 and 1986-1990, as secretary from 1984-1986 and as president from 1990-2002.

During the college’s 40th anniversary Founders’ Day luncheon in August 2008, the Board of Trustees presented Proctor with a resolution naming him a trustee emeritus. The resolution commemorated Proctor’s outstanding service and contributions to education; his dedication to his career, the college and his community; and his passion for the success of students and SFCC.

As a trustee, Proctor also was a director of the SFCC Foundation. He accepted emeritus status to the foundation board when he retired as a trustee in 2002.

A physician, Proctor retired in 1990 after 35 years as a general practitioner in Sedalia. He served two terms as the youngest chief of staff of Bothwell Regional Health Center, and was the first physician to serve on the hospital’s Board of Trustees. In 1992-93 he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Critical Choices for Higher Education.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri-Columbia with A.B. and B.S. degrees and received his

State Fair Community College Board of Trustees President Gary Noland, left, hands Dr. Donald C. Proctor a resolution naming him a trustee emeritus at the college’s 40th anniversary Founders’ Day luncheon in August 2008. Proctor, who died Jan. 15, was one of the college’s founding trustees and served on the board for 36 years.

medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He also served 3 1/2 years as a meteorologist for the U.S. Air Force and in 1945 was on the first crew ever to fly into the eye of a hurricane to track it.

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State Fair Community College Board of Trustees President Gary Noland, left, hands Dr. Donald C. Proctor a resolution naming him a trustee emeritus at the college’s 40th anniversary Founders’ Day luncheon in August 2008. Proctor, who died Jan. 15, was one of the college’s founding trustees and served on the board for 36 years.

 

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STLCC’s Holcomb Named NJCAA Division II Player of the Week http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/stlccs-holcomb-named-njcaa-division-ii-player-of-the-week/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/stlccs-holcomb-named-njcaa-division-ii-player-of-the-week/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:14:50 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9085 Deborah Holcomb earned Player of the Week honors and ranks fifth among the nation's leading scorers.

Deborah Holcomb earned Player of the Week honors and ranks fifth among the nation’s leading scorers.

Deborah Holcomb has been on a torrid scoring pace throughout the 2014-15 season, but her recent contributions have garnered notice outside of St. Louis Community College.

The sophomore shooting guard was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week after averaging 35 points and 5.5 steals across a week that included wins over Cottey College and Weber International.

Holcomb has been a steady offensive force for the Archers, as she entered this week ranked fifth nationally with 23.6 points per game. Her production has been a key behind the Archers’ 16-3 start.

“Deb was on fire today, and we’re a great ballclub when she’s on fire,” head coach Shelly Ethridge said following Holcomb’s 36-point outburst in an 84-56 win over Cottey College on Jan. 10.

“Her maturity level is just so high, and everything she does is for the team,” Ethridge said. “We have to tell her to score. We have to tell her to not pass, because that’s just who she is. My goal for her is to go to the highest level she can play at. I would like for her to be an All-American because I think she’s certainly deserving of it.”

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ECC Awards Certificates to MoManWINs MIG Welding Students http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/ecc-awards-certificates-to-momanwins-mig-welding-students/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/01/ecc-awards-certificates-to-momanwins-mig-welding-students/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:57:12 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9078 Participants in the Intro to MIG Welding program offered at the East Central College Washington site recently received certificates of completion.

 

Thirteen students completed the eight-week program which was held at the Four Rivers Career Center.  The training included OSHA10 certification, a National Career Readiness certificate and five weeks of welding instruction.

 

A Washington manufacturer, Canam Steel, enrolled a current employee in the program to speed up the company’s efforts.

 

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the skills of our employees,” according to Louis Deschenes, maintenance manager at Canam Steel. “The program provides an opportunity for our workers to gain welding skills or hone the skills they currently have. Having a diversified workforce is key to our company’s success.”

 

The Introduction to MIG Welding program was designed after area businesses requested the program to help their efforts.

 

The program is funded by Missouri Manufacturing WINs, a U.S. Department of Labor grant-funded program that serves Trade Act participants as well as veterans, unemployed and underemployed individuals, and low-skilled persons in manufacturing related programs.

 

The MoManufacturingWINs program provides qualified students with low-cost or no cost training in high-demand, high growth industries at proven training institutions such as ECC.  Personal assistance is provided along the way from trained, professional career coaches and other college staff. In addition, recognized certifications such as the National Career Readiness Certificate can be obtained, giving students opportunities to enhance their employability and competitiveness in the job market.

 

The Washington welding program will be offered every eight weeks throughout the year on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Registrations are now being accepted for upcoming classes.  Qualified students will need to pay a $40 fee and supply certain materials. The program is being offered at several locations in the area in addition to ECC Washington.

 

More information about the Introduction to MIG Welding program can be found at www.eastcentral.edu/moman  or by calling 636-239-0598.

 

Thirteen people recently completed the Introduction to MIG Welding class offered at ECC Washington through a federal grant program administered by East Central College.  Seated, from left, are:  Drew Roehrig, Jim Morris, Roy Teeter, Steve Woodruff and Joyce Brown. Second row, from left, are: Brandon Mayer, Ben Brinkmann, Gheorghe Petruic and Kevin Love.  Back row, from left, are: John Schmiedeskamp, Mike Davis, Raymond McClanahan and Mark Hellmann.

Thirteen people recently completed the Introduction to MIG Welding class offered at ECC Washington through a federal grant program administered by East Central College. Seated, from left, are: Drew Roehrig, Jim Morris, Roy Teeter, Steve Woodruff and Joyce Brown. Second row, from left, are: Brandon Mayer, Ben Brinkmann, Gheorghe Petruic and Kevin Love. Back row, from left, are: John Schmiedeskamp, Mike Davis, Raymond McClanahan and Mark Hellmann.

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SCC and SEMO sign articulation agreement for business program http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/scc-and-semo-sign-articulation-agreement-for-business-program/ http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/scc-and-semo-sign-articulation-agreement-for-business-program/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:40:00 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9065 Officials from Southeast Missouri State University and St. Charles Community College signed an articulation agreement on Wednesday, Dec. 10, to promote a seamless transfer for business students.

(Left to right) John Bookstaver, Ph.D., SCC dean of business, science, education, math and computer science; Chris Breitmeyer, SCC vice president for academic and student affairs; Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., St. Charles Community College president; Kenneth Dobbins, Ph.D., Southeast Missouri State University president; and Charles McAllister, Ph.D., Southeast Missouri State University associate professor of accounting.

(Left to right) John Bookstaver, Ph.D., SCC dean of business, science, education, math and computer science; Chris Breitmeyer, SCC vice president for academic and student affairs; Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., St. Charles Community College president; Kenneth Dobbins, Ph.D., Southeast Missouri State University president; and Charles McAllister, Ph.D., Southeast Missouri State University associate professor of accounting.

The agreement provides students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree in business administration at SCC the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in business at Southeast Missouri State University.

Any student who has earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree in business administration at SCC, and adheres to the transfer guidelines, is guaranteed SEMO will accept designated freshman and sophomore education credits and all general education credits and will apply them to the bachelor’s degree in a manner consistent with the transfer guidelines. Students have the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at SEMO online.

“This agreement offers SCC students who transfer from to Southeast Missouri State University a great opportunity,” said John Bookstaver, SCC dean of business, science, education, math and computer science. “We can only hope for many more fruitful collaborations between our two fine institutions.”

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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ECC to Administer Adult Education Programs in South Central Missouri http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/ecc-to-administer-adult-education-programs-in-south-central-missouri/ http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/ecc-to-administer-adult-education-programs-in-south-central-missouri/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:23:28 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9045 Adult education classes that have been offered by the South Central Missouri Literacy Council will be administered by East Central College beginning January 2015.

 

Members of the Literacy Council and ECC officials announced the agreement in Rolla December 11.  The two groups have been working for several months on the transition of the Adult Education and Literacy Program to East Central.  AEL classes help people  prepare to take the high school equivalency exam or improve their basic skills.  ECC plans to continue offering the free classes currently held in Rolla, Cuba, St. James and Steelville.  The Literacy Council will continue to recruit students for AEL classes.

 

Joan Morris of the South Central Missouri Literacy Council noted that the literacy council took over coordination of the AEL program from Rolla Public Schools in 2013 after the school district decided to no longer offer the program.   “Council board members volunteered many hours of their own time to ensure that teachers were paid and classes remained open,” Morris said. “The board members sought and received funds from new and previous grantors, and performed all functions relating to teacher payroll and financial recordkeeping.”

 

Approximately 180 students were served in AEL classes at the four sites this year.

 

Alice Whalen, director of the AEL program at East Central, stated that managing the five class sites in Crawford and Phelps Counties is a logical fit for the college. “These communities are within the college service region and become an extension of what we currently offer at six sites in Franklin County.”

 

Classes will continue to be offered in the evening at three sites: First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Cuba, the St. James  Caring Center Triplex Building 1, and City Hall in Steelville.  Day classes will be held at the Vineyard Church on North Main Street in Rolla with night classes held at ECC’s Rolla North location at 2303 North Bishop.

 

Whalen noted that adult education is vital to improving the economic outlook for individuals, their families and their communities. “We also hope to reinstitute the English as a second language program,” she said.  AEL programs across the state are overseen by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 

By attending Adult Education and Literacy classes, people can prepare to take the high school equivalency test and improve college placement and WorkKeys scores.  The free classes allow people to start at their own level and work at their own pace. “The classes provide a great transition to post-secondary education and can help individuals increase their work readiness skills,” noted Whalen. “A study by the state of Missouri proves that people with more education earn more money during their lifetimes. In 2013, on average, workers with an associate degree earned $20,000 more per year than high-school dropouts.”

 

To attend adult education classes, students must be at least 17 years of age and not enrolled in secondary school.   Individuals who are 16 years of age who are not presently enrolled in secondary school can also enroll in AEL classes if they have completed 16 hours of credit toward high school graduation.

 

Earlier this year Missouri moved from the GED test to a new high school equivalency exam, the HiSET.  “The HiSET is computer based,” noted Whalen.  “It covers five subject areas: writing, social studies, science, reading and math. It better prepares learners for college and the workforce.” She stated that the total price to take all five sections is $95.

 

For more details visit: www.eastcentral.edu/ael, call 573-719-1323, or email ael@eastcentral.edu.

Officials with the South Central Missouri Literacy Council, Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and East Central College gathered December 11 for the formal announcement of the Literacy Council handing over to ECC the administration of adult education and literacy programs at four communities in Phelps and Crawford Counties.

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ECC Receives Accreditation from National Association of Schools of Music http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/ecc-receives-accreditation-from-national-association-of-schools-of-music/ http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/ecc-receives-accreditation-from-national-association-of-schools-of-music/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:45:34 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9041 East Central College ChoirEast Central College recently earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music.

According to ECC president Dr. Jon Bauer, NASM accreditation represents another huge step forward as the college continues to enhance the academic credibility of its programs.

NASM is comprised of almost 650 colleges, universities, and conservatories from across the country that focus on optimum learning conditions for music students and developing the strength and quality of music in higher education.

“No matter how general or specific, accreditations always benefit students,” noted Jean McCann, ECC vice president of instruction. “We have program to program articulation agreements in place with several four year universities, and NASM accreditation is one vital way that a music department can assist its graduates.”

Dr. Jennifer Judd, associate professor and music department coordinator, stated that accreditation means that the ECC music department provides the educational quality which meets the standards and guidelines set by NASM.

“The meticulous application process began three years ago and included a self-study, onsite review and judgment by a Commission of Accreditation,” Judd stated.  “Less than 30 community colleges in the country have earned NASM accreditation.  The application for accreditation process helped us to make important and artistic decisions as we strive to improve and advance our program.  We would not have been able to achieve this without the commitment and support of President Bauer and Vice President McCann.”

“While the application process was long and exacting, the college is thrilled to add this accreditation to its growing list of credentials and achievements,” McCann stated.

“All of us at ECC are grateful to Dr. Judd and the entire music department for putting forth the extra effort required to secure this outstanding recognition for their department and the College,” said President Bauer. “We are pleased to add this to the list of many comparable departmental accreditations for our academic programs.”

ECC offers the Associate of Fine Arts and Associate of Arts degrees in music, both transfer degrees, along with many performing opportunities for students with the College Band, College Choir, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles.

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Lessmann to Join Missouri Sports Hall of Fame http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/lessmann-to-join-missouri-sports-hall-of-fame/ http://mccatoday.org/2014/12/lessmann-to-join-missouri-sports-hall-of-fame/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:15:57 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9036 Ric Lessmann

Ric Lessmann

Ric Lessmann, who ranks among the all-time winningest baseball coaches in National Junior College Athletic Association history, will be inducted with the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in enshrinement ceremonies Jan. 25 in Springfield.

Lessmann joins an enshrinement class that includes former St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery and recent Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler.

The ceremonies are scheduled Jan. 25, with an 11 a.m. reception at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in southeast Springfield and a 4 p.m. reception at University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. The induction ceremony begins immediately afterward. Tickets are $150 each, and reserved tables of 10 are $1,500. All proceeds benefit the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Known as one of the state’s most renowned baseball instructors, Lessmann was a head baseball coach for 46 years, including 27 seasons at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and 17 at Washington University.

Lessmann, who signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees in 1955, managed to recruit talent that led his teams to construct a career record of 1,365-556 (.711).

He was 963-318 (.752) at Meramec from 1967 to 1994. He guided Meramec to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series nine times, winning the championship in 1974. He currently ranks 24th on the all-time list of the winningest junior college coach. His Meramec squads won 14 Region XVI titles and 16 Midwest Community College Athletic Conference crowns. At Meramec, more than 250 of Lessmann’s players earned scholarships to four-year schools and 40 signed professional contracts. Eight of his players went on to play in the major leagues.

Lessmann was enshrined in the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991.

At Washington University, 11 of his 17 teams won 20 or more games, including a program-best 34-7 record in 2006. He compiled a record of 396-231 with the Bears. Lessmann also coached youth-league summer teams for 17 years. He last coached in college in 2010 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

A graduate of St. Louis Southwest High School, Lessmann pitched six seasons in the minor leagues.
Along the way, he studied and later earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 from Harris-Stowe Teachers College. He earned a master’s from Washington University three years later and completed 36 postgraduate hours at Saint Louis University in educational administration.

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