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September & October 2014

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

  • MCC hosted about sixty students and faculty visiting from Yamagata Prefectural College of Agriculture (YPCA), located in Shinjo, Japan. This visit marks the 22nd year of the sister college relationship between MCC and YPCA.
  • Morgan Community College Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) continues to offer a variety of community events. The College partnered with Morgan Federal Bank to bring guest speaker John Barry to talk about business models and management in his presentation, “When the Right Stuff Goes Wrong: Lessons from the Space Shuttle Columbia Mishap.”
  • MCC CACE Gallery of Fine Art opened the “Art of Horror” exhibit on October 24, which began with an afternoon viewing of artist Ed
    Edmund’s reality show, Making Monsters, previously aired on the Travel Channel. The employees of Edmund’s business, Distortions Unlimited, were on hand to answer questions about filming and the mask/creature making process.

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

  • The Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy has selected MCC’s Adult Basic Education program to be part of the College and Career Readiness Institute team. Staff, together with staff from NJC, will participate in several workshops, webinars, and local collaborative learning activities throughout the year to prepare the ABE program curriculum for the new state standards. Additionally, MCC Director of ABE Julie Nichols has been chosen as team coach for this project by the Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy.

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 held its first annual community appreciation events at each of its locations. The MCC Centers handed out “Roadrunner bucks,” a $2.00 coupon redeemable at the events’ concession stands. In addition, the Fort Morgan campus hosted a free BBQ to “thank” the community for its support over the years.
  • MCC’s Financial Aid Office is hosting a series of financial aid nights at service area high schools.

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

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has approved MCC’s request for distance learning accreditation for online programs. Prior to this change, MCC’s online accreditation status was for online courses only.

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

  • This year’s MCC Foundation/Cargill Golf Tournament fundraiser was able to net nearly $17,000. Funds will go towards supporting Morgan Community College programs and scholarships.
  • All MCC faculty and staff attended a professional development training and information session on the Violence Against Women Act, as well as heard presentations from the Morgan County Sheriff’s and Fort Morgan Police Departments about drugs and campus safety.
  • MCC has been granted another (third) year of El Pomar funding (i.e., $50,000) for the Entrepreneurial Business Plan class. Over the past two years, this class has created 35 jobs and put over $1 million into the economy in eastern Colorado.
  • Additional El Pomar funding of $50,000 has been awarded to MCC for technology upgrades in our distance delivery systems to Brush, Weldon Valley, and Wiggins high schools.
  • At the recommendation of last spring’s marketing segmentation audit, MCC has formed a Multicultural Advisory Council; which recently held its first meeting. The council will be sought to make suggestions and give input as to where marketing dollars might best be spent to reach the region’s underserved populations.