Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:52:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Curriculum Evaluation Services RFP http://mccatoday.org/2016/09/11900/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:12:22 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11900 September 29, 2016
Missouri Community College Association,
Jefferson City, Missouri

Curriculum Evaluation Services

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) is the central administering agency for a U.S. Department of Labor-TAACCCT funded grant project called MoSTEMWINs. Through this request for proposals (RFP), MCCA seeks Curriculum Evaluation Services for all programs of study offered in the MoSTEMWINs grant as a federal grant compliance requirement.
The estimated length of the project is from November 2016 through May 31, 2018.

The RFP will be issued on or about October 2, 2016. Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m., local time, on October 17, 2016.

This public notice, RFP, and any addenda will be posted on the MCCAs website at: www.mccatoday.org.

All proposals are to be submitted by email in PDF format to: dawn.drinkard@mccatoday.org

For further information and to obtain a copy of the RFP contact: MCCA, Dawn Busick-Drinkard, MoWINs Grants Director, 200 East McCarty Street, Suite 100, Jefferson City, MO 65101 or by calling 573-634-8787.

Click here to download the Final RFP for Curriculum Review.


This post 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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Scorecard Project Update – September 2016 http://mccatoday.org/2016/09/scorecard-project-update-september-2016/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:16:13 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11896 September has been a busy month for the Scorecard project.   Several pieces of the project have been moving along, with different contractors and state IT groups assigned to different parts of the project.  Significant progress has been made, and these individual components are now coming together.

  • EMSAS has been modified to allow the upload of the Noncredit Supplemental Data File, and DHE is currently testing the system by using the test data sent from the schools. In order to fully test and work through any issues prior to the first uploads in October, DHE really needs additional data using the Noncredit File format.  If your school can assist, please contact Jeremy at DHE ASAP for instructions on transferring data.
  • ETPS enhancements are nearly complete. In addition to converting the system to SQL format, additional fields to support the Scorecard have been programmed and will be rolled out in the very near future.  Examples of modifications include the ability to enter stackable programs and the yes/no button for schools to choose whether the program should be vetted for WIOA funding.
  • MOLogin has been programmed to allow schools to log in to the Reporting page and have access to information for their programs.
  • The Data Warehouse has undergone extensive modifications to support the new Scorecard data elements and to populate the web pages.

Any project of this scope will experience a few hiccups, and Scorecard is no exception.  Extensive discussions and analysis had to be completed to determine the complex calculations for the performance and WIOA outcomes pages.  In addition, the data warehouse enhancements have taken a good deal of time.  We are seeing great progress on the pages and warehouse, but the project is a couple of weeks behind the original schedule.   The anticipated completion of Phase 2 is now mid-October.

At the end of Phase 2, we will have a functioning beta version of the Scorecard.  Users of the site will have the ability to search programs currently approved through ETPS and DHE; compare programs and cost; and see results of some programs when data is available.  In addition, schools will be able to log into the Reports page and query information on their school’s programs.

The plan for Phase 2 was to build the web pages and data warehouse structure to support the Scorecard.  While we test and begin using the beta version of the system, we will think of additional features and functionality that will make the experience better for the different user groups.  Phase 3 is planned for 2017 (Grant Year 3).  During Phase 3 we plan to make several enhancements, including adding the ability to research career options as well as modifications based on everyone’s feedback.

The next Data Advisory Task Force Meeting is scheduled for November 2 in Branson in conjunction with the MCCA Annual Convention.  Since many of you will be attending the conference, it is a great opportunity to get together and see the beta version of the Scorecard and other progress on the project.

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.

Missouri colleges team up with manufacturers for Manufacturing Day http://mccatoday.org/2016/09/missouri-colleges-team-up-with-manufacturers-for-mfg-day/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:03:30 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11891 Manufacturing jobs are not what they used to be, so Missouri’s colleges are teaming up with the manufacturing industry to promote careers in this high-demand modern industry.

Through Manufacturing Day, manufacturers across the country are addressing common misperceptions about manufacturing by opening their doors and showing, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t.

By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, Manufacturing Day is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Below is a list of the Manufacturing Day events that our colleges will be participating in:

Crowder College
October 19 – Kicking off ShowMeCrowder – local schools explore Crowder College

October 24 – Local eighth graders explore tech education as a future career

October 27 – Public open house at Dell Reed Technical Education Center – Focus on Tech Ed & AMT/Manufacturing

Jefferson College

October 7 – Jefferson College Manufacturing Day
13 area high schools have been invited to send students to Jefferson College, in addition to the students from our area technical school.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Representatives from local manufacturers will be on hand in the Field House lobby to answer questions. Jefferson College faculty will host demonstrations and share information regarding careers in manufacturing.

11 a.m. – Noon County Executive, Ken Waller, will present a proclamation recognizing Manufacturing Day in Jefferson County in the Field House. We will have a panel of manufacturing professionals discuss the opportunities in the industry. We will also have some high-impact videos highlighting manufacturing.

Noon – 2 p.m. Students will be bussed to local manufacturers to see what actually happens in these shops.

Mineral Area College

October 7 – Mineral Area College Manufacturing Expo
Six area manufacturers will provide interactive exhibits for 180 eighth and ninth graders from 3 school districts.  Students will also participate in exercises in MAC’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab as well as career exploration activities. The general public is invited that afternoon from 2 – 4 p.m. to visit with manufacturers about their companies and job opportunities.

Moberly Area Community College

October 6 – Mexico High School Manufacturing Day

Moberly Area Community College will be on hand starting at 9 a.m. at the Mexico High School Manufacturing Day event, where staff will share information about the new mobile lab and Certified Production Technician and Mechatronics programs.

North Central Missouri College

October 7 – NCMC Students tour Modine Manufacturing
Modine Manufacturing will host North Central’s manufacturing students for a presentation and tour of their facility from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Ozarks Technical Community College

OTC has invited a number of local manufacturers to come to its campus to tour morning and afternoon classes and present to students enrolled in Drafting and Design Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool Technology and Welding Technology.

State Fair Community College

September 27 – SFCC Career Day
Over 1800 eighth-tenth grade students from SFCC’s 14-county service region will visit SFCC to experience career exploration and an exhibit by regional manufacturing companies.

September 16 – Coming Home Sedalia
To capitalize upon 4000+ visitors to Sedalia during the Smith-Cotton High School Homecoming Weekend, Economic Development – Sedalia will host “Coming Home Sedalia,” a manufacturer’s showcase to prospective job-seekers designed to bring people back to Sedalia who may have moved outside of the area.

October 20 – Manufacturer’s Milestone Banquet
Economic Development Sedalia Pettis County will host a dinner on October 20 to thank the 70+ manufacturers from the community for their continued investment.  Companies observing 5, 10, 15, 20+ years of operation in Sedalia and Pettis County will be highlighted.

Ongoing – Building Pathways
Throughout FY16 and FY17, SFCC has and will continue to bring high-school educators, counselors and administrators to campus to learn more about occupations, skills and job demands from a panel of plant managers and human resource directors at local manufacturing facilities.  These educators will then tour manufacturing facilities and be tasked with creating activity-based learning modules within their classrooms based upon their observations within the manufacturing sector.

St. Charles Community College

St. Charles Community College in partnership with St. Charles County Workforce Development, City of O’Fallon, O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and several local manufacturers is hosting a Manufacturing Day Celebration on Friday, October 7, 2016!

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Manufacturing Expo & Facility Tours for Middle-School & High-School Students
See hi-tech robotics equipment in action, talk with engineers and designers to hear what they love about their careers, win prizes and much MORE!  Tour a local facility – sites include, but not limited: Seyer Industries, True Manufacturing, National Cart Company, SAK Construction, Craftsmen Industries & Component Bar ProductsStudent Tour reservations must be made in advance and limited space is available.   All participants must wear closed-toed shoes to participate in a tour.  Transportation assistance may be available.  Please contact Tammie DeLosSantos at 636-922-8474 or tdelossantos@stchas.edu.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – St. Charles County Makers Showcase
Open to the public – See first-hand what is made in St. Charles County and learn about modern manufacturing and career opportunities.  For more information about attending or participating in the Makers Showcase, please contact Erin Williams at 636-240-1818 or erin@ofallonchamber.org.

Three Rivers College

October 7 – Poplar Bluff Manufacturing Day

Three Rivers College is teaming up with local manufacturers for Manufacturing Day in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The college plans to set up their mobile lap at Briggs & Stratton’s west facility. They will have two small robots, along with a few other pieces of equipment on display.

For the official list of MFG DAY events in Missouri, click here.

Co-requisite math helps NCMC’s MoSTEM students get up to speed http://mccatoday.org/2016/09/co-requisite-math-helps-ncmcs-mostem-students-get-up-to-speed/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:18:23 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11888 ncmc-student-successThrough MoSTEMWINs, North Central Missouri College chose to offer a Certified Production Technician program, a manufacturing certificate and the UP program, which is designed to assist students with low math skills.

Math can be a huge barrier to college students, regardless of whether they have been out of high school a while or not, and can even stand in the way of graduation. For two students at NCMC, this could not have been more true.

Autumn Lindsay, a non-traditional student, wife and mother of three, started her first-ever semester of college in the Spring of 2016. She decided that she needed a career change from cosmetology. With a declared degree of Physical Therapy Assistant, Autumn needed to reach College Algebra. She tested into Pre-Algebra which meant that she would have had four semesters of math to complete.

“I’ve always like math and was actually a little upset when I tested into Pre-Algebra,” Autumn said. “I knew I could do better with a little refresher.”

That’s when she enrolled in the Basic Algebra with Workshop, a co-requisite course.

“I thought, what a great deal,” she said. “Kill two birds with one stone! One less semester that I’ll have to take a math class!”

Andrea Piatt, a traditional college student who changed her degree from nursing to teaching toward the end of her time at NCMC, also enrolled in the co-requisite Basic Algebra with Workshop.

“When I heard that I could take two math classes at once, I honestly thought that was insane,” Andrea said. “I didn’t think I would be able to do that, because I struggled in math all throughout high school and wasn’t very good at it.”

For both girls, the structure of the class wasn’t like anything they had ever taken before.

“We have basic algebra for the first hour and then pre-algebra for the second hour,” Autumn said. “We will go over what we did that day in basic, as well as a quick preview of the next lesson. Anything that we would need to know before that next basic algebra lesson we will go over during that time as well.”

“I would describe the class setup as its fast paced and a lot of work,” Andrea said, “but it’s totally worth it if you set your mind to it. I also feel like it’s super helpful because in the dual class you have time to get your homework done and even ask the teacher for help on an assignment.”

A requirement of taking the co-requisite model math class, the students also had to be enrolled in a one credit hour College Seminar class. This class was taught by the MoSTEMWINs Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Lori Holder.

“Even I was skeptical how this math class would go,” Holder said. “I myself am not strong in the math department and needed the developmental math class in college. Once I saw what great students Autumn and Andrea were and how fantastic they were doing in the class, I wished I would have had the same opportunity!”

When asked if they would recommend the class, it was a mutual YES!

“This helped me by having that extra one-on-one time if I needed it and also by knocking out these math classes so I can graduate in May,” Andrea said.

It went so well for Autumn, that she enrolled in the College Algebra with Workshop this fall.

“It definitely helped me out,” Autumn said, “because I got to skip one semester of math. And assuming this semester will go as smoothly as the spring, I will have knocked out 4 semesters of math in 2 semesters. The instructors and coordinators for this co-requisite have been more than helpful in helping everyone adjust to the classes.”

“Seeing the confidence that the student gains has been extremely rewarding. I know math can be tough, and I could not be more proud of them,” Lori said.

Andrea Piatt was able to walk at graduation in May with the assumption that she would complete her last two math courses over the summer and be done by August. Her plan is to transfer to Missouri Western State University to pursue her education degree with the hopes of becoming and elementary school teacher.

“I honestly don’t know when the last time is I got a 100% on a math test, but after having this class, most of my grades are that! So it’s definitely worth it,” Andrea said.

Autumn will continue her education at NCMC in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant. Having knocked out one, and potentially two, semesters of math, will only help her reach her career goals faster.

NCMC will be offering even more options of the co-requisite model of math starting in the fall of 2016 through the MoSTEMWINs program.

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.

Community Colleges avoid additional withholds http://mccatoday.org/2016/09/11879/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:34:42 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11879 Earlier this month, the Missouri General Assembly met for their annual veto session.  There were a total of twenty bills that were vetoed by Governor Nixon following the legislative session, and after the first day of the veto session, the Missouri General Assembly overrode 13 bills.

Due to the potential fiscal impact of several pieces of legislation that were overridden, Governor Nixon announced more than $59 million in withholds-the second round of withholds that he has announced this year. No community college funds were impacted in the latest round of withholds.

Overridden Bills

Listed below are the 20 bills which the legislature had to consider for a possible override, with those that were successfully overridden listed in bold:

  1. HB 1414     Agricultural Data Disclosure
  2. HB 1432     Requirement for state employees placed on leave
  3. HB 1474     Streamline ethics filings
  4. HB 1631     Voter ID
  5. HB 1713     Changes to DNR
  6. HB 1733     Highway law changes
  7. HB 1763     Changes workers’ compensation large deductible policies
  8. HB 1870     Big Government off My Back extension
  9. HB 1976     Changes auto service contracts
  10. HB 2030     Tax deduction for ESOP
  11. HB 2237     Changes to Mizzou extension councils
  12. SB 591       Expert witness law
  13. SB 608       Changes to healthcare law
  14. SB 641       Tax deduction for farmers
  15. SB 656       Gun law changes
  16. SB 844       Livestock trespass liability
  17. SB 847       Changes to determining damages
  18. SB 867       St. Louis County sales tax pools and other local government provisions
  19. SB 994       Missouri Wine and Grape Board changes
  20. SB 1025     Exempts instructional classes from sales tax

An override requires a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers, or 109 votes out of the 163 House of Representatives and 23 votes out of the 34 Senators.  Currently, there are 114 Republicans, 48 Democrats, 1 Independent in the House of Representatives, and 24 Republicans, 7 Democrats, and 3 vacant seats in the Missouri Senate.

Bills overridden by the legislature become the law thirty days after the formal presentation of the pieces of legislation to the Secretary of State’s Office, approximately October 15, 2016.

Voter ID bill HB 1631 and changes to Missouri’s gun laws, SB 656, were the most controversial pieces of legislation debated during veto session.  The Senate employed the previous question to end debate and force a vote on both measures. No provisions in SB 656 pertained to conceal and carry on college campuses.

Budget Update

Missouri State Budget Acting Director, Dan Haug, presented a financial year to date report to the House Budget Committee this week.  The Missouri state revenue collections are hovering at a 4.8% year-to-date increase.  Despite the growth, the state needs an estimated 6% growth to ensure the state’s budget remains balanced.

Director Haug reminded members that if 6% growth is not met, additional funding restrictions will have to be enacted.

The various state departments are required to submit their budget requests for Fiscal Year 2018 on October 1.  They have been asked to only submit mandatory new decision items. Once the new Governor and administration is in place, discretionary items may be considered.   Budget Director Haug noted that he anticipates the mandatory budget requests to be pretty high in order to meet the needs of services and programs throughout the state.

The new Governor will release his budget priorities during the annual State of the State Address in January.  The House Budget Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee will then consider the requests and draft their own versions of the State’s Operating Budget, which must be passed per the Missouri Constitution on May 5, 2017.

Jefferson College Named Healthiest Community College Campus in America http://mccatoday.org/2016/08/jefferson-college-named-healthiest-community-college-campus-in-america/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:03:24 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11846 Healthy Campus Award

Jefferson College is a winner of the 2016 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award and recognized as one of the healthiest college campuses in the nation.

The prestigious award celebrates U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate excellence in prioritizing and promoting the health and well-being of their students. It is the only national recognition of its kind that celebrates leadership, innovation, collaboration, and excellence in campus health.

Jefferson College was the only higher education institution in Missouri and the only community college in the United States to be acknowledged. This marks the second year that the College has been recognized by Active Minds for its health-conscious emphasis.

“Jefferson College is extremely honored to be recognized as the healthiest community college campus in America,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “I am proud of the positive impact that we have on our students’ lives, especially efforts to improve their physical and mental health and well-being. This award reflects the collective efforts of our staff and faculty and resource partnerships with Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation, Mercy, and COMTREA to create a supportive campus environment where comprehensive well-being is a priority. As an institution of higher learning, we have an obligation to promote a culture of wellness and address the needs of the whole student.”

Students enrolled at schools that focus on campus health often find that the programs and services offered there are life changing. “I was bullied in high school and struggled with terrible depression,” says Jefferson College student Haley Arbuthnot, an art major from Arnold. “It wasn’t until I enrolled at Jefferson College that I was able to start seeing a therapist, thanks to Jefferson’s free counseling service. I’m living proof that, if provided with access to these important resources, any student can thrive in college.”

Jefferson College joins five other colleges and universities in receiving the prestigious award:

California State University, Long Beach; Lawrence University; Sacramento State; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ohio State University is also recognized as an honorable mention recipient.

The Healthy Campus Award involves an extensive application process as well as multiple endorsements and interviews. Each applicant is assessed across eight criteria, with winners chosen by a panel of prominent researchers and health and higher education experts.

“Jefferson College stands out because it invests in students’ physical and mental health on a comprehensive scale and for the long term,” said Alison Malmon, executive director and founder of Active Minds, the national nonprofit that presents the Healthy Campus Award. “Jefferson College is a model of what’s possible when a college prioritizes a campus culture of health, safety, and well-being.”

The review panel for the Healthy Campus Award cited the following key strategies in particular regarding Jefferson College:

Service Beyond the Campus

Because Jefferson College is located in a rural area with few medical and dental services, the school not only provides health services for students, it also serves as the wellness center for residents throughout the area.

Smart Partnerships

Major lack of resources has not stopped Jefferson College. Through smart partnerships, the college offers a health clinic for medical care via Mercy; free mental health services via COMTREA and suicide prevention trainings; and fitness equipment as well as wellness, nutrition, and exercise classes thanks to grant funds from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation.

Strong Student Voices

Jefferson College pursues its healthy campus goals creatively and in collaboration with students. The student government is deeply dedicated to health and well-being; the campus’s Active Minds chapter actively promotes mental health awareness; and faculty, staff, and students together cultivate a climate of caring.

Some of the College’s efforts to support student health include:

  • The creation of a holistic wellness program and the employment of a wellness coordinator to address seven dimensions of wellness (emotional, physical, social, occupational, intellectual, environmental, and spiritual) in conjunction with over $460,000 in grant funds from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation;
  • Full-time student counseling services through a partnership with COMTREA (Community Treatment, Inc.);
  • The establishment of an on-campus health clinic as a partnership with Mercy Hospital Jefferson;
  • The implementation of a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus environment;
  • Programming and support resources such as “r u ok?,” question persuade refer, suicide prevention, and bystander intervention; and
  • Student groups/organizations such as Active Minds and Psychology Club.

The award is unique in defining health broadly. Rather than focusing exclusively on mental or physical health, the award focuses on how fostering a culture of health serves to address the myriad challenges facing universities. While other awards celebrate the success of a particular initiative or program on campus, this award champions entire institutions for taking a campus-wide, public health approach to promoting mental health alongside physical health. The award is also unique in valuing student input and leadership. Applicants provided endorsement from their student body and judges assessed for evidence that campus efforts positively translate to students’ actual experience on campus. Students played a key part in reviewing and selecting winners.

The Healthy Campus Award is made possible through the generous support of The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. Additional resources are available from Active Minds, including photos and a downloadable summary called Key Findings from the Nation’s Healthiest Campuses (http://www.activeminds.org/award)

About the Healthy Campus Award

The Active Minds Healthy Campus Award recognizes higher education institutions that provide access to good quality healthcare and take a comprehensive approach to promoting and protecting both the physical and mental health of students. The award criteria–which includes a focus on long-term solutions and data-driven measures–align with the Healthy Campus 2020 framework and characteristics established by the American College Health Association, the Strategic Primer on College Student Mental Health produced by NASPA: Administrators in Higher Education, the American Psychological Association, the American Council on Education, and the TJF/SPRC Comprehensive Model for Mental Health Protection and Suicide Prevention.

About Active Minds       

Active Minds (www.activeminds.org) is the nation’s premier nonprofit for supporting the mental health of students. Through award-winning programs and services, Active Minds is empowering a new generation to speak openly, act courageously, and change the conversation about mental health for everyone. Active Minds has student-led chapters at more than 400 colleges, universities, and high schools nationwide and internationally, and is headquartered in Washington, DC. Follow them on Facebook at ActiveMindsInc and on Twitter and Instagram at @Active_Minds.

About The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation       

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation serves to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness by investing in innovative projects having national transformational impact. The foundation was established in 2001 in Hudson, Ohio, as a private grant making foundation. Peg Morgan’s husband, Burton D. Morgan, provided the initial donation that established the foundation and put into motion plans to carry out Peg’s decades-long desire to help families grappling with mental illness. For more information, visit: www.mcmfdn.org.

Course Matrix Crosswalk project launches http://mccatoday.org/2016/08/course-matrix-crosswalk-project-launches/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:48:35 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11844 At last month’s grants retreat, Dr. Janice Aanenson from CAEL, officially kicked off the launch of the Missouri Credit for Prior Learning crosswalk project, which will ultimately develop a statewide credit for prior learning course matrix crosswalk to national standards.

Through the project, CAEL will guide Missouri’s colleges through a process that will define standards and procedures for aligning course outcomes with those developed and recognized by key industries.

One of the first tasks that needs to be completed is for each college to establish a campus task force. To help assist in this process, CAEL provided a scope of work and deliverables which you can access here.  These task forces will be essential to the project and need to be formed as soon as possible. They should include the following:

  • Registrars
  • Testing Center Employees
  • Veterans Advisors
  • Advising Staff
  • Financial Aid
  • Marketing
  • IT
  • Director of Curriculum & Assessment
  • Admissions/Enrollment
  • Continuing Education
  • Department Chairs
  • Students

It was noted that while C4PL should be a faculty-run program, faculty should not be included on the task force.

The plan is for CAEL to conduct an analysis of 2 courses per college. They have provided a task/priority tracker spreadsheet for each college to develop its own crosswalk matrix, and these spreadsheets will later be combined into a master spreadsheet which we will use to further organize how we tackle the project across the state.

Dr. Aanenson, noted that an important item to consider is how many clicks it takes to find C4PL on your college’s website. You may want to discuss this with the department that manages your website if it takes more than three clicks to find information about C4PL.

CAEL plans to conduct a total of 6 webinars. These webinars will provide a forum for colleges to receive support and guidance, check in with other colleges, and address any challenges in the process of course evaluation for the crosswalk document. One webinar already took place; however, the remaining 5 will start back up in November 2016. Then in January 2017, CAEL will begin visiting each campus and meeting with campus task force members.

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.

Police Officers Assigned to East Central College http://mccatoday.org/2016/08/police-officers-assigned-to-east-central-college/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:28:13 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11839 East Central College will begin the 2016 fall semester with a Union police officer permanently assigned to the Union campus.

Union police officer Tommie Lowe is assigned to work primarily on campus during the daytime. Union police officer Todd Schlitt will be scheduled during the evening once his replacement completes his training as a traffic officer later this year.

The college agreed to a contract earlier this year with the Union police department to have the 2 school resource officers permanently assigned to the campus.

East Central College president Dr. Jon Bauer said the officers will enhance the safety and security of the campus. “The safety and security of our students and employees is paramount. Having officers on our campus enhances the safety of our students and staff.

“Our first goal is deterrence and prevention. But in the event of an incident on campus, the officers will be able to respond in minutes,” Bauer said.

In addition to patrolling the campus, the officers will help the college with emergency planning and training.

In an effort to keep start-up costs manageable, the Union police department will pay half of the officer’s salaries and equipment costs for the first two years of the agreement.

Union police chief Norman Brune said having the officers on the east side of Union cuts down on the department’s response time to the area. “In the event we have a serious situation on the east side of town, the campus officers will be able to respond to that incident much faster. We will have officers cover the campus while the campus resource officers respond.”


East Central College Receives Historic Donation http://mccatoday.org/2016/08/east-central-college-receives-historic-donation/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:25:39 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11837 A gift of $250,000 has been presented to East Central College from Ace Manufacturing and Parts Co., Sullivan, Mo. The gift was made to the East Central College Foundation’s Building for Success campaign — An Initiative for Tomorrow’s Workforce — which is raising funds to help the college renovate a building adjacent to the main campus in Union into a Business and Industry Center. The donation is believed to be the largest in the college’s history.

The new 28,388 square foot center will house the Precision Machining, Industrial Engineering Technology and Heating and Air Conditioning programs. The Center for Workforce Development also will be located there, as well as a welding lab for support of other academic programs and short-term workforce training.

A manufacturing lab in the new center will be named after Ace in recognition of its gift. The ECC foundation is seeking to raise $1.2 million toward the renovation project and tax credits are available to individuals and corporations who want to contribute. More than $5 million will be invested through various funds to purchase and renovate the new center that’s scheduled to be completed in late September.

Kevin Ijames Sr., Ace president, is proud to make this investment. “We often look to East Central College to provide training for our employees as well as new skilled employees from its manufacturing programs. This gift is an investment in our area’s youth, community and the manufacturing industry.”

Diana Ijames, Ace public relations director and an ECC Foundation board member, said the company is extremely excited and proud to partner with ECC on the project.

East Central College president Dr. Jon Bauer said he’s deeply grateful for this investment in the college’s students. “We are thrilled about this commitment from Ace Manufacturing and the Ijames family,” Bauer said. “This project is based on the need to provide highly qualified, highly skilled and highly needed graduates in these career and technical programs. This commitment shows that our employers share this vision.”

Shannon Grus, ECC Foundation executive director, said the Ace donation is the largest gift received so far in the campaign. “This gift is truly a testament of the commitment the Ijames family has to not only ECC, but to manufacturing in our community,” Grus said. “We are so grateful for their incredible generosity and their continued support of our students, faculty, facilities and programs.”

About the Building for Success campaign — An Initiative for Tomorrow’s Workforce
East Central College is approved to receive up to $600,000 in tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board to assist with fundraising efforts. Any taxpayer is entitled to the tax credits.  Contributors will receive a 50 percent tax credit for their donation.

A donor can donate in three calendar years — 2016, 2017 and 2018 — and receive the credits. Each year’s credit can be carried forward for up to five years. All donations are tax deductible and donors can make a one-time donation or pledge an amount to be paid over one to five years. Pledges, matching gifts from an employer, planned gifts in memory or in-kind donations will be accepted.

Capital donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized in a permanent location in the building. In addition to the naming opportunity for major gifts, the campaign has established additional contribution levels: $25,000 to $100,000, major gifts; $15,000 to $24,999, leadership gifts; $5,000 to $14,999, special gifts; and up to $4,999, general gifts. Visit www.eastcentral.edu/foundation for more information.

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.