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December 2014 and January 2015

I. Student Access Goal: All Coloradans shall have access to comprehensive community college educational programs.

  • The first phase of a Glenn Miller documentary was completed with a professional recording/filming session featuring the MCC Jazz Ensemble demonstrating musical concepts Glenn Miller learned when he was a high school student in Fort Morgan—concepts that later emerged as his signature sound.
  • The Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) hosted the concerts for the MCC Morgan County Chorale and the MCC Platte Valley Band.
  • CACE is opening an art exhibit on January 30, Intimate Landscapes, featuring artist Diane Edwards.
  • MCC sent its second holiday e-card, resulting in favorable recognition and accolades.
  • The Educational Opportunity Council (EOC), designed to reach the underserved population of high school students at Fort Morgan High School, is working on tactical plans to present college opportunity information to both students and parents.

II. Student Success Goal: The demands of Colorado businesses and communities shall be met through the development of a high skilled work force.

  • The ribbon cutting for Birch Hall, MCC’s new welding workshop and storage facility, is anticipated for the end of January.
  • In December, ten Entrepreneur program participants presented their business plans to a panel of judges. At an award banquet held in January, winners were announced. First place went to Allison Groves, along with a $10,000 award; second place went to Kaitlin Eggers, who received $8,000; Georgia Tournai took home the $7,000 third place. All students were recognized and received a Certificate of Merit for their work.

III. Student Success Goal: Colorado students shall have seamless opportunities to transition from high school into college and from two-year institutions into four-year institutions.

  • MCC’s Financial Aid Office is hosting a series of financial aid nights at service area high schools.
  • The Fort Morgan campus hosted a Saturday registration on January 10.
  • MCC hosted the region’s Brain Bowl competition, bringing more than sixty students and their families to the Fort Morgan campus.
  • The Dahms-Talton Foundation is providing financial support to plan, organize, and run a “Body Shop” designed for middle school students interested in exploring the health professions. There are two sessions: a week-long boot camp and a week-long advanced workshop. Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center will offer the beginning class and MCC will offer the advanced session. This is a collaboration among the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, MCC, the Dahms-Talton Foundation, and Morgan County school districts.

IV. Student Success Goal: Colorado students shall have the opportunity to succeed through high quality, cutting-edge instruction and educational services.

  • Bob Huber was selected as MCC’s Faculty Member of the Year.
  • The MCC Foundation has been working closely with the financial aid office and $200,000 was awarded in 2014 for scholarships; $165,000 was earmarked for program support.

V. Operational Excellence Goal: The financial stability of the system’s institutions and the physical safety of its students shall be ensured.

  • MCC welcomed a new HR Director, Andria Koppels, as well as two new faculty members.