Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:02:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Non-credit longitudinal data project update http://mccatoday.org/2016/07/non-credit-longitudinal-data-project-update/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:52:27 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11734 Non-credit longitudinal data project update

Below are a few updates from Ronda Anderson on progress of the scorecard project:

Work on several aspects of the project is currently taking place –

  • IRG, the contractor that received the award for the development phase of the Scorecard Project, is working to enhance the longitudinal database to support the additional information for Scorecard.
  • Work is has begun with ESP, the vendor that maintains EMSAS, for the quarterly upload of the Noncredit Supplemental Data File.  The file will include data rules that will either require the user to change incorrect formats/entries or alert the user to check and confirm inconsistent data.
  • ITSD is working to convert ETPS to SQL Server so the format will be compatible, as well as adding the fields required for Scorecard.
  • The conversion of the Workforce Information Database to SQL Server is complete.

During the May Data Advisory Task Force meeting, it was noted that fields #40 and #45 of the Noncredit Supplemental Data File had the same name, and was a placeholder until we had the new field for stackable credentials identified.   The field name for #45 will be TRN_PROV_PROG_APP_ID_SUB.  This field will be used to identify stackable subprograms.  Data to be entered in this field is the unique program ID number assigned through ETPS.

Also, as schools have been building the Noncredit Supplemental Data File, it was brought to our attention that for field #43 PROGEXITSTAT there was no option to report a person that completed their coursework, but failed the class.   Since this field will allow more detailed reporting for administrative decision-making purposes, we are adding another option, 7=Failed Course.


At the last Data Advisory Task Force meeting, several schools volunteered to submit data so that we may begin testing the system.  A couple of schools have said that they are ready to submit sample data files.  Please contact Jeremy Kintzel at DHE at Kintzel@dhe.mo.gov for guidance and instructions.   We will be ready to begin testing very shortly, and it is imperative that we have sample data to keep the project on schedule.

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MoSTEMWINs helps student find a new career path http://mccatoday.org/2016/07/mostemwins-helps-student-find-her-passion-in-pharmacy/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:43:15 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=11729 MoSTEMWINs helps student find a new career path

In May 2015, armed with a bachelor of arts degree in philology and ethics, Abigail “Abby” Jonson of Farmington was underemployed and tired of trying to find a job in her field that paid a living wage in rural Missouri. She had begun thinking about a rewarding career in the health sciences industry.

After attending a Certified Pharmacy Technician informational event at Mineral Area College, Abby decided to apply for the 20-week, MoWINs certificate program, joining eight other students as they embarked on a training program that included classroom curriculum, two clinical rotations and hands-on lab skills.

“The Pharmacy Technician training program introduced a lot of new skills and technical concepts that have greatly benefited me as a CPhT,” Abby said. “The math, nomenclature and pharmacology portions of the program have given me confidence in filling prescriptions safely and accurately. The legal and regulatory aspects of the pharmacy practice, as well as its long history, was really interesting to learn about, and led to an appreciation of how far modern medicine has come and the attention to safety and effectiveness now present in the industry. Getting to learn more about pharmacokinetics (the way drugs move and act within the body) has provided an insight into how the therapies we provide are helping patients live better, more healthy lives.”

The 20 credit-hour, MoWINs Certificate of Completion program includes Introduction to Pharmacy Practice; Introduction to Pharmacy Lab; Pharmacy Calculations;   Pharmacology and Leadership Development. The students complete 240 hours of clinical rotations at retail and institutional settings, learning valuable, hands-on skills outside the classroom environment, all in preparation for an entry-level pharmacy technician job and the National Certification Exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  Those wanting to pursue additional education can apply these credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management – Retail Pharmacy Tech degree or a one-year Pharmacy Technician Certificate at Mineral Area College.

Abby’s first clinical rotation was at BJC’s Parkland Health Center in Farmington. In October 2015, Abby started working as a pharmacy technician at the Walgreens in Farmington.

“Having now seen both clinical/hospital pharmacy and community pharmacy, I can say they are vastly different environments,” Abby said. “While community pharmacy allows you to interface with patients on a daily basis and provide a more direct line of care, hospital practice is much more of a support position, and at times felt very technical. In particular, learning to reconstitute and mix injectable medications and IV fluids was very exacting as they’re often administered to especially-ill patients, and so the need for accuracy and an attention to aseptic techniques are of paramount importance.”

Abby’s supervisor at Walgreen’s, Danielle Landholt, PharmD, spoke highly of the program.

“As a positive aspect of higher education, this Mineral Area College program provides its students opportunities for personal growth and is an asset to our region’s healthcare industry,” Landholt said.

Abby indicated that she’s been pleased with her new line of work, and is grateful for the training that prepared her for it.

“The program made me confident in the skills I had gained. I was able to pass the PTCE on the first attempt with high marks and was certified in the beginning of November this past year,” Abby said.  “All in all, I found the experience to be wonderful, and it now sets me apart from other applicants who don’t have the same type of clinical experience.”

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

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