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August 2014

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

  • The Financial Aid Office at MCC awarded over $136,200 to 109 students this fall through privately funded scholarships from the
    College’s Foundation.
  • MCC Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) will open the 2014-15 season with a photography exhibit featuring Corey Gibson at the CACE Gallery of Fine Art.
  • The Higher Learning Commission approved a change request to offer online programs (in contrast to our earlier authority to only offer online courses).

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

  • MCC’s Learning Resource Center has donated materials to the community as they continue to update their inventory. Most of the free
    books available are in the fields of health and medical care.
  • This year’s renewal of the El Pomar grant: $50,000 for an entrepreneurial business plan class (a class that so far has created approximately 35 jobs in eastern Colorado and added over $1 million to the local economy); $5,000 for a business plan to make the program self-sustaining; and $50,000 for distance education (interactive video) technology upgrades for a total award of $105,000.00.

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.

  • The Fort Morgan campus hosted two new-student orientations, the first during the evening of July 22, and the second on Saturday, August 9.

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

  • The MCC Nursing Program achieved re-accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in July.
    The re-accreditation is effective for eight years, indicating the Commission’s strong confidence in MCC’s program.

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

  • For the fourth year is a row, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named MCC one of the best colleges in the nation to work. Nearly 43,000 employees were evaluated nationwide. MCC was still the only institution of higher education in Colorado to receive this recognition.
  • In addition to being named a Great College to Work For, MCC has been placed on the Honor Roll. The colleges that made this year’s Honor Roll list were cited most often across all recognition categories. This year MCC ranks #2 for a college of its size, within the honor roll status, and was recognized in the following eight categories: Collaborative Governance, Compensation and Benefits, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Facilities, Workspace & Security, Job Satisfaction, Respect and Appreciation, Teaching Environment, and Work/Life Balance.
  • MCC’s Communications & Marketing Department has begun an internal branding campaign as a result of recommendations made by Clarus’ Marketing Segmentation Audit report.
  • New hires include Nicole Webber as our new Learning Resource Specialist, Rebecca Young as our new Nursing Faculty member, Jose Medina and Dave Jorgensen as our new Custodians, and Lynn Collins as our new Health Professions faculty member.
  • George O’Clair has worked with the Cargill/MCC Workplace Education Program since 2010 as an ESL Instructor. Most recently he has been the acting Interim Coordinator, and officially took over as Coordinator on August 1.
  • Controlled Maintenance funds have been received to replace windows and exterior doors in Cottonwood and Aspen, rekey the campus and install security cameras.
  • Foundation work is in progress on the new building, Birch Hall. The building is scheduled for completion by January 2015.