Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Thu, 26 May 2016 16:26:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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SCC recognized with top honors at PBL State Leadership Conference http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/scc-recognized-with-top-honors-at-pbl-state-leadership-conference/ Mon, 09 May 2016 20:40:15 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11512 The 57th annual Missouri Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership State Conference was held in Springfield, Mo., on April 23. Twelve members of the St. Charles Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda participated in the competitions, and 11 attended the conference, accompanied by chapter advisors, Andrea Compton and Rex and Jennifer McKanry.

This year’s conference theme was “connect” and focused many sessions on networking. The conference featured competitive events for individuals and teams, leadership training and election of state officers for the upcoming year.

The following students from St. Charles Community College were recognized at the Awards Program:

  • First place in Desktop Publishing: Muhammad Farhan Ullah Babar, sophomore
  • Second place in Business Sustainability: Taylor Caputo, sophomore and Jon Broughton, sophomore
  • Third place in Website Design: Muhammad Farhan Ullah Babar, sophomore
  • Fourth place Social Media Campaign: Cassie Bianculli, sophomore, Brooke Glore, sophomore and Tracee White, sophomore
  • Fourth place in Networking Concepts: Cole Alves, sophomore
  • Fourth place in Business Ethics: Nathan Davis, sophomore, Jake Manhardt, freshman and Devin Strauss, freshman
  • Fifth place in Organizational Behavior & Leadership: Devin Strauss, freshman
  • Fifth place in Cyber Security: Cole Alves, sophomore

Babar also received the Director Level CMAP (Career and Membership Achievement Program) Award. Other members who competed in SLC competitive events were Jasmine Ray, sophomore, and Maggie Breen, freshman.

Three members, Muhammad Farhan Ullah Babar, Taylor Caputo and Jon Broughton qualified to move on to the PBL National Leadership Conference and competitions in Atlanta on June 24-27, 2016.

For more information about the SCC chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, contact Andrea Compton, chapter advisor, at acompton@stchas.edu or 636-922-8321.

Phi Beta Lambda is an educational association of postsecondary student members preparing for careers in business. Along with FBLA, PBL is the largest postsecondary business student organization in the world. There are over 11,000 active members in the United States, and Missouri has nearly 500 members in 22 chapters.

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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Changes to the A+ Scholarship Program advance http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/changes-to-the-a-scholarship-program-advance/ Thu, 05 May 2016 04:08:24 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11506 Every year, the final weeks of the legislative session signal a frenzy of activity. There are simply too many bills and not enough time to pass them all, so legislators tack amendments onto the legislation that is most likely to pass.

This is exactly what happened to SB 650, which eliminates the requirement that students have to attend an A+ high school for the immediate three years before graduation.

Earlier in the session, MCCA provided testimony in support of the bill as it would prevent the state from unintentionally penalizing students who study abroad for a year while in high school.

This week, however, six bills, including SB 650, were amended to include language that would expand the A+ program to students of private high schools.

Over the years, MCCA has opposed this type of expansion unless they provide additional funding for the new participants. One of our longstanding top priorities is that the A+ program must be fully funded in order to keep the promise to all eligible students.

At the time that the amendment was added to SB 650, the Vice Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, pledged to fund the expansion in the future. On Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly passed the amendment 109 to 37.

Next, SB 650 will go before the conference committee, where members of the House and Senate will negotiate the differences between the two versions of the bill. We will also continue to track the similar amendments added to other bills.

With one week left in the session, MCCA’s advocacy team will be on constant guard for any last minute changes that have the potential to impact our legislative priorities.

 

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MoSTEMWINs launches third and final data project http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/mostemwins-launches-third-and-final-data-project/ Mon, 02 May 2016 20:00:40 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11504 MoSTEMWINs launches third and final data project

MoSTEMWINs awarded the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) the contract to develop Missouri’s first-ever credit for prior learning course crosswalk to national standards.

The crosswalk will be used to chart college-level learning or training that takes place outside the traditional classroom and identify approved course equivalents. Crosswalks typically use industry and national standards to determine if credit should be awarded.

Similar credit for prior learning initiatives have proven to increase retention and completion and accelerate time to completion.

For the MoWINs Colleges, credit for prior learning initiatives were supported in two previous TAACCCT grants, which resulted in a statewide Credit for Prior Learning Model Policy. These initiatives represent a significant departure from how Missouri’s colleges have historically awarded credit, but because of the TAACCCT grants, Missouri’s colleges now embrace and benefit from credit for prior learning.

The development of a statewide course matrix of all career and technical education workforce programs will help consortium colleges further implement credit for prior learning policies and aid in student success.

CAEL will be responsible for crosswalk development and implementation and will train all 13 consortium colleges on the new matrix.

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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Jefferson College uses open source software to beef up student advising http://mccatoday.org/2016/05/jefferson-college-uses-open-source-software-to-beef-up-student-advising/ Mon, 02 May 2016 19:15:30 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11500

Jefferson College PREP Information from Jefferson College on Vimeo.

Last fall, Jefferson College implemented an integrated planning and advising system called Student Success Plan, to support students in the MoSTEMWINs Grant programs.

Student Success Plan is an open source, customizable software package developed by Sinclair Community College. Jefferson’s custom installation has been branded Personal Resource and Education Plan or PREP. PREP provides students with a personalized map to their academic and career success.  At this time, this service is available to students studying in the Electronics Technology Certificate pathway and students in the Pre-Health Occupations pathways, through Round IV of the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT Grant.

This technology, when combined with the support of caring people, has the potential to greatly improve student success. Students work with holistic advisors known as navigators who use PREP to maintain case notes, build a custom path to degree completion called My Academic Plan (MAP), track student progress, and identify helpful resources to address student challenges. Students then have access to their MAP, Action Plan, and resources via the Web.

“I am so excited to be using PREP,” Health Professions Navigator Brenna Young said, “Being able to customize and save a student’s degree MAP is so helpful to an advisor. I also appreciate that once the MAP is created, I get daily reports on my advisees. If a student deviates from their MAP, I am notified. This is an amazing resource!”

Navigators use a powerful journal feature to maintain case notes in PREP. Student notes from various campus systems are all presented in a central location in PREP, effectively eliminating silos and providing immediate access to navigators. Navigators and students no longer need to hunt for resources. Student challenges are aligned with support services in a robust, centralized database, curated with the help of support professionals within the college and community. When faced with a challenge, these resources are assigned to students as Action Plan items that provide ease of access and accountability.

Navigators have proven especially impactful in increasing student retention and completion. Jefferson College employs two grant navigators who have been using the new system to support MoSTEMWINs students since August.

“PREP is an amazing tool for storing all of the information you need for a student in one easy and accessible place,” Electronics Technology Navigator, Melissa Schall Willmore said. “Not only does PREP house resources for students, it also lets you know at a quick glance if a student is missing any requirements for their degree or are struggling in any courses.”

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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Governor signs FY2017 higher education budget http://mccatoday.org/2016/04/governor-signs-fy2017-higher-education-budget/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:19:55 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11490 Nixon_2016BudgetSigning

MCCA’s advocacy efforts paid off yesterday as Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 2003, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for higher education. The budget includes many of MCCA’s top priorities, including:

  • A $4.5 million increase in community college equity funding
  • A 4 percent performance funding increase
  • And a $2.5 million increase for the A+ scholarship program

All told, the budget increases community college funding by roughly $10 million, and provides an additional $71.3 million for higher education as a whole. This will bring state support for operations at Missouri public colleges and universities to the highest level on record.

Governor Nixon signed the bill at a press conference at East Central College on Thursday. The Governor was accompanied by the East Central Board of Trustees, Dr. Jon Bauer and a number of students and staff. In his remarks, the Governor praised Missouri’s community colleges for making education affordable for students.

The passage of HB 2003 represents the fourth straight year that Missouri’s colleges and universities have agreed to hold in-district and in-state tuition flat. This agreement certainly would not have been possible without the performance and equity funding increases passed this year.

With the Governor’s approval of the higher education budget, MCCA will now turn its attention to more policy-oriented legislation currently moving through the legislature.

There are a number of bills that still pose a threat to our institutions, and we will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure the best interest of our colleges until the very last minute of the legislative session.

 

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