Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:11:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Barbara R. Kavalier, Ph.D., named fourth president of St. Charles Community College http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/barbara-r-kavalier-ph-d-named-fourth-president-of-st-charles-community-college/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:15:07 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11609 The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees has named Barbara R. Kavalier, Ph.D., district president of Narvarro College in Corsicana, Tex., as the next president of St. Charles Community College.  She will take the helm of Missouri’s fourth largest community college district Aug. 10, following the service of Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., who accepted the presidency at Cazenovia College in New York state earlier this year. Todd Galbierz, vice president for administrative services, will continue his service as interim president through Aug. 9.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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North Central Missouri College welcomes new president http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/north-central-missouri-college-welcomes-new-president/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:09:06 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11593 dr. klaver1Dr. Lenny Klaver (pro-nounced clay-ver) of Houghton, Michigan officially began his duties as president of North Central Missouri College on June 1.

The Trustees of North Central Missouri College voted to offer a contract to Klaver on March 31. He was one of two finalists invited to Trenton to meet with the community and college officials.  Dr. Klaver and his son Easton will plan to move to Trenton in the coming months.  Easton will graduate from high school this May. Dr. Klaver also has two grown daughters.

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

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

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MCCA moves the needle on all four legislative priorities http://mccatoday.org/2016/06/mcca-moves-the-needle-on-all-four-legislative-priorities/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:58:25 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11581
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This year, MCCA celebrated one of our most successful legislative sessions on record:
1. We secured an additional $4.5 million in equity funding for Missouri’s community colleges.
2. We ensured that Missouri will keep it’s A+ promise by advocating for and receiving an additional $2.5 million to fully-fund the A+ Scholarship program for another year.
3. We worked with our four-year partners to lock in a 4 percent increase in performance funding.
4. We helped to maintain support and funding for the Missouri Works Training Program.

In addition to the priorities on our legislative agenda, we also initiated a process that will streamline course transfer and ensure that our students get the credit they’ve earned should they choose to further their education at one of Missouri’s public four-year institutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moberly’s MoSTEMWINs program goes mobile http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/moberlys-mostemwins-program-goes-mobile/ Mon, 23 May 2016 15:33:25 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11541 IMG_0751

Moberly’s MoSTEMWINs program goes mobile

Moberly Area Community College’s new mobile lab will increase accessibility to the college’s mechatronics program while saving money on costly equipment.

While industries in the communities of four of the other MACC sites have expressed interest in technicians trained in the mechatronics program, the communities are too small to support a full program. With the new mobile lab, MACC will be able to meet these needs without purchasing expensive equipment for each site.

Students from these communities would have to drive anywhere from 72 to 196 miles roundtrip to attend classes at the Columbia site where the program is presently housed.

By offering the program in a hybrid format, students can complete the coursework at home on their own time, and then attend the hands-on portion when the mobile lab comes to their campus.

The mobile lab features six work stations, as well as a generator that can provide heating, cooling and electricity, so the lab is self-contained.

Not only is the mechatronics program using the hybrid format, it is also built around the competencies of the MSSC-Certified Production Technician as well as competencies requested by local industry partners.

These industry partners are actively involved in the Mechatronics Advisory Committee, which has contributed significantly to the choice of competencies, credentials and courses. The program’s certificates are also stacks, so students can earn credentials throughout the program and can enter, leave and return at will. Because the program is mapped online, students will always know where they are and what needs to come next.

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution 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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Campus Resources Officers Start This Fall at ECC http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/campus-resources-officers-start-this-fall-at-ecc/ Thu, 12 May 2016 13:00:26 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11531 East Central College trustees approved a five-year agreement with the City of Union to provide Union Police Department officers on the main campus. Action came at the May 9 board meeting.

“I am very pleased with the agreement we’ve worked out with the city to establish a campus resource officer program on the Union campus,” stated Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president.  “We will share the cost on a 50-50 basis for the first two years.  That will allow the college to use money generated from the new $4 per credit hour security fee that goes into effect this fall to fund some one-time purchases before year three when we will begin fully reimbursing the city for the personnel costs.”

“We anticipate having the lead daytime officer on campus around the start of the fall semester, with a second officer who will cover late afternoons, evenings and weekend events beginning later in the fall,” Bauer noted.  With the agreement in place, the city will now actively pursue hiring new officers to fill vacancies in the department due to several retirements.  Experienced officers will be assigned to the campus resource officer positions at ECC.

The officers will be employees of the Union Police Department but will be based on the campus full-time.  The substation located at ECC will serve as the base of operations for the officers.  They will only respond off-campus in cases where all officers are called to the scene of a major incident and neither the city nor college anticipate that to be a frequent occurrence.

“In addition to patrolling the campus, the officers will provide value to the college by making recommendations and coordinating campus security and emergency response,” said Bauer.

The City of Union will provide a vehicle to be used by the campus resource officers, but ECC will provide all equipment for the vehicle and also cover any installation costs.  The college will also pay for vehicle maintenance and all parts needed for maintenance. Whenever possible the City of Union mechanics will provide the manpower.

All expenses related to police officer specific training as well as campus resource officer related training will be paid by the college, as will special armed intruder response equipment and any other equipment unique to the duties of the campus resource officer.   ECC will only pay uniform and equipment costs if the campus resource officer is a new hire to the Union Police Department.

“This agreement builds on the strong working relationship we’ve established with the City of Union on several projects over the past few years,” Bauer said.  “I believe this to be a significant step forward regarding campus security and I look forward to having the officers on campus.”

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ECC Names New Vice President of Instruction http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/ecc-names-new-vice-president-of-instruction/ Wed, 11 May 2016 18:29:53 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11526 East Central College has named Dr. Tia Robinson as the new vice president of instruction.  She  replaces Jean McCann who is retiring after 24 years at the college.

The appointment to the position was approved by college trustees at their May 9 board meeting.  Robinson will begin working at ECC July 1.

Robinson said that she is excited to become a part of ECC’s commitment to student success and inspiring excellence.  “It is evident that ECC has the pulse of the community and students; and has taken the necessary steps to deliver academic programs and build partnerships that prepare students to earn degrees of value, enter the workforce or transfer to a four year institution,” she stated.  “Service to students, faculty, staff and the community is foundational to my success as an academic administrator, leader, and educator.”

Dr. Tia Robinson will become the new vice president of instruction at East Central College July 1.

Dr. Tia Robinson will become the new vice president of instruction at East Central College July 1.

Robinson noted that East Central  was the institution that embodied her commitment to excellence, service, and student success.  “I am looking forward to working with Dr. Bauer, the faculty and staff to continue to advance the mission and vision of ECC.”

Robinson has eight years of dean level experience focused on assessment, accreditation, curriculum development, faculty development, and program development.  Most recently she served as Dean of Teaching and Learning Services at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois.  Prior to working at Rock Valley, Robinson was Associate Dean of Instruction and then promoted to Dean of Instruction at City Colleges of Chicago, Olive-Harvey College.  She also was the Dean of Academic Affairs at Northwestern College and Dean of Instruction at American InterContinental University.

Her experience in student affairs includes positions as residence hall director, counselor coordinator, minority recruiter, and academic success coach at Northern Illinois University.  Robinson also served as employment resource center/special populations coordinator at Kishwaukee College and prior to that worked with students with disabilities at Waubonsee Community College

She has 10 years of teaching experience which includes instruction in online, hybrid, face-to-face and cohort models at both the community college and university level.

College President Jon Bauer stated he is eager for the opportunity to work with Dr. Robinson.  “She is passionate about students, an experienced administrator, and brings to East Central a thorough understanding of the community college mission,” Bauer said.

An Illinois native, Robinson started her post-secondary education at a community college.  After earning her associate degree from Kishwaukee College, she transferred to Northern Illinois University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology. She later enrolled at National Louis University where she earned an M.S. degree in managerial leadership and an M.B.A.  Last year she received her Ed.D. in counseling/adult higher education from Northern Illinois University.

Her professional experience includes eight years as a member of the DeKalb Community Unit School District School Board and director of training/community relations for the Salvation Army Correctional Center.

Robinson is a member of the American Higher Education Alliance, the Association for Continuing Higher Education, and the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She received the Diversifying Faculty Initiative Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Robinson has three adult children and a four year old grandson.

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