Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2003 for community colleges wishing to participate as one of the 10 College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) site partnerships. The League for Innovation has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Adult and Vocational Education, to lead the CCTI Consortium of site partnerships.
Community and technical colleges and their partners interested in applying for CCTI site partnerships can find application requirements, additional information, and frequently asked questions on the CCTI project homepage, or by emailing Judy Greenfield (CCTI Project Support) or calling (480) 705-8200, ext. 243.
Through its collaboration, the CCTI Consortium will identify, develop, and refine strategies and programs of study that help students move effectively from high school to college and to careers by better aligning and improving the quality of secondary and postsecondary programs in high-demand career areas. The League will work closely with project partners: the American Association of Community Colleges, the Center for Occupational Research and Development, The Chauncey Group International, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, and an impressive array of eminent national figures who have agreed to serve as the Advisory Working Group.
Register now for Innovations 2003, March 16-19, at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. The host, Maricopa Community Colleges, and coordinators, Estrella Mountain Community College and Mesa Community College, are dedicated to making this conference the best yet!
Confirmed keynote speakers include Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); David Ward, President of the American Council on Education; Harry Pachon, President of the Tomàs Rivera Policy Institute; Renate Nummela Caine, Professor Emerita of Education, California State University; Geoffrey Caine, LL.M., Author and Consultant on Learning Communities; and Steve Benson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona.
This year's conference continues the tradition of providing an array of learning opportunities for participants:
Visit the Innovations Conference website for more information and to register for the conference.
League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2003 Conference
on Information Technology (CIT). The 19th annual
showcase of the use of information technology to improve teaching and
learning, student services, and institutional management is being hosted
by the Wisconsin Technical College System and will take place on October
19-22 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On January 17, the PBS show “NOW with Bill Moyers” looked into the digital future of intellectual property and the debate that has pit private control against the public domain.
Moyers raised the question, "With publications and broadcasting delivered free by the Internet directly to homes, is the information revolution making libraries obsolete?" As more people can access this content, the copyright owners—in many cases large corporate publishing entities—are looking for ways to charge fees.
A growing chorus of lawyers, librarians, and educators fear the implications of losing free access to information for everyone. "Our information and communication infrastructure is so central to everything we do," said former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich. "But what's really underlying that is the free flow of ideas which is essential to democracy."
Those individuals interested in this important discussion of rapidly changing copyright issues can find the complete transcript on the PBS website.
The Board of Trustees of the Seattle Community College District named longtime Seattle educator Dr. Charles Mitchell as its next Chancellor. Mitchell will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2003, upon the retirement of the current Chancellor, Dr. Peter Ku.
Mitchell, a nationally recognized leader in higher education, has served as President of Seattle Central Community College since 1987. During that time the college established a reputation for developing innovative curriculum and student services that were acknowledged with a Time “College of the Year” Award in 2001. Mitchell has also been a leader in the civic arena and in working with business and industry to develop programming to match the needs of local employers and students training for the workforce.
Mitchell will be responsible for the overall operation of the district that educates 55,000 students at North Seattle Community College, Seattle Central Community College, South Seattle Community College, the Seattle Vocational Institute, and five specialized training centers.
The Board conducted an internal search for candidates during the fall quarter. In making the announcement, Trustee Chair Dorothy Hollingsworth noted that the decision of the five-member Board was unanimous and that Mitchell will serve on a three-year contract. Board members all expressed their familiarity with Mitchell’s career of service in Seattle and commended his leadership skills, civic involvement, and strong interest in equity throughout his career.
The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) today announced the task force membership for its recently launched community college project. The community college project is part of CAAL's program to help develop state-level resources and foster effective state policy development and planning in adult education and literacy. "Community colleges provide ABE services for millions of adults now," noted CAAL president Gail Spangenberg, "but the links between their services and between community colleges and other service-providing institutions in the adult literacy system are weak or poorly understood. CAAL hopes to increase awareness of what the colleges are already doing and to provide guidance, as appropriate, on ways to strengthen their role." The task force will meet 4-5 times during the 1.5-year life of the project. Several papers will be commissioned and published by CAAL including a final task force report with analysis and recommendations. Start-up funding has been provided by the Nellie Mae Foundation, Verizon, and McGraw-Hill. Dr. Forrest P. Chisman, CAAL Vice President for Special Projects, will direct the project.
In addition to Dr. Chisman, the task force is comprised of
The American Youth Policy
Forum (AYPF) announces the inauguration of a Fellowship to be
awarded each year to a promising young scholar or scholar-practitioner.
The Fellow will carry out a self-designed project on significant issues in
youth policy, practice, research, or program evaluation, focusing
particularly on disadvantaged youth. The Fellowship is supported by a grant from
the Ford Foundation. The first Fellowship will be available for work commencing
in the summer or fall of 2003.
Deadline for Proposals
Are you interested in learning how to produce 3D content, as well as pulling
together a digital library of objects that can be licensed to other educational
institutions and to industry? Are you interested in creating content that
will produce ongoing revenues from your local industry partners?
To find out more about how the League can help your community college capitalize on the educational services market, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
The League hosted a two-day planning meeting February 6 and 7, 2003 to
learn about existing homeland security and prevention programs being offered
by community colleges and to identify unmet homeland security needs. Thirty-seven
participants from League Member Colleges and partners gathered in Tempe,
AZ to help frame a national community college readiness and prevention
initiative that could be tied to portable credentials.
Future issues of LeagueConnections will provide information about continued planning and development pertaining to Homeland Security initiatives.
Dr. Jill Wakefield, an educator and administrator with more than 25 years of experience at South Seattle Community College, has been named president of the college.
The announcement was made by Seattle Community College District Chancellor Peter Ku at the January 9th meeting of the District’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Wakefield’s depth of experience with the college, with the Seattle District, and with our state higher education system is an important asset,” Ku said. “Her dedication to South Seattle Community College is unmatched and she has a well-developed vision for the future of the college.”
Wakefield began her career at South Seattle Community College in 1976 as Veterans’ Program Coordinator and then served as Research Coordinator and Director of Communications. In 1986 she was appointed Assistant to the President, where she initiated a marketing program that increased enrollment by 20 percent over five years, as well as helped obtain and direct several state and federal grants. Next, as Vice President for Educational Services, Wakefield developed the college’s investment in technology and its Career Link Program for high school students.
Since 1995, Wakefield has served as Vice President for Instruction. Her responsibilities included reorganizing and developing new instructional programs, leading the collegewide strategic planning process, and the recent accreditation review in which the college received commendations in six major areas.
VP's 34-Year Career Spanned Iowa College's Growth to International Prominence and Excellence
The Vice President of Instruction for Kirkwood Community College, Dr. Terrence J. Moran, has announced his plans to retire from his college post. The June 30, 2003, effective retirement date will mark 34 years of Moran's service with Kirkwood.
Moran's tenure with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, community college began as an economics instructor in the fall of 1969. He later was appointed head of Kirkwood's social science and history departments and served as dean of Arts and Sciences from 1984 through 1987 and executive director of grants and governmental relations from 1897 to 1990. He took on his current role as Vice President of Instruction in 1990 and has served continuously in that post.
Kirkwood President Dr. Norm Nielsen praised Moran's leadership and influence over three decades. "This is an announcement we accept with regret and great appreciation. Terry began his career at Kirkwood when our college and the whole Iowa system were in their infancy. The excellence of our credit programs and the renowned reputation of Kirkwood not only in Iowa but around the U.S. is a continual testimony to Terry Moran's diligence, hard work, and respect for his colleagues. We all owe him a big thank you and a debt of gratitude for his many accomplishments," Nielsen said.
Dr. Moran commented on his Kirkwood career, saying, "It has been a true joy working with Kirkwood's trustees, administration, faculty, and staff and being able to contribute to the phenomenal growth of the college. I have always been proud of my association with Kirkwood and I expect my pride will remain strong as Kirkwood continues to grow in the years ahead."
Kirkwood will soon begin the search process for Moran's successor.
The Chauncey Group International, the leading provider of certification and licensing examinations for professionals, business, and government, now offers clients a state-of-the-art, online registry service to meet a variety of needs.
“We have created a registry service that is comprehensive, secure, flexible, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Stephen L. Koffler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Chauncey Group. “We are proud of our new capabilities,” he said. “We now have the flexibility to provide a registry that is appropriate to meet a client’s needs, whether that means a sophisticated, online service or a more traditional type of system.”
According to Koffler, “a comprehensive registry system would be useful in virtually any field—nursing or insurance, for example—where an organization, association, government agency, or other certifying body wishes to gather, maintain, and update important information.”
As an example, Koffler noted that, for one client, The Chauncey Group provides a full-service certification program, including the development and delivery of examinations and a highly flexible and functional online registry service. “Our client has real-time access to the registry,” Koffler said. “That means initial certification and certification renewals are reflected immediately for public access, and the client can read, edit, or update records at any time, from any location, with absolute security.”
Koffler also emphasized that The Chauncey Group has the capability “to link an entire certification and registry process under one umbrella, including initial registration of the test-taker, tracking and analyzing test results, placing qualified people in the registry, and keeping the registry up to date. “We can do the entire process or any piece of it, depending on a client’s needs,” Koffler concluded. For additional information email Jon Alexiou or call (305) 255-8347.
Co-authored by Christopher Mazzeo, Sara Y. Rab, and Julian L. Alssid
With welfare time limits taking effect and unemployment at a ten-year high, this study documents five community colleges that are training and quickly finding employment for hard-to-employ adults. These vanguard colleges are pioneering a new adult education model that links basic skills, such as writing and math, to immediate job opportunities in high-wage fields that need workers such as health care and information technology. With well over two million adults in traditional remedial and adult basic education courses that often lack any connection or exposure to the work world, there is a lot to be learned from the programs highlighted in the study.
The study is posted online.
Chautauqua Short Courses are an annual series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate science teachers. These forums provide an opportunity for invited scholars to communicate new knowledge, concepts, and techniques directly to college teachers in ways that are immediately beneficial to their teaching. The primary aim is to enable undergraduate teachers in the sciences to keep their teaching current with respect to content and pedagogy.
The University of Washington is offering nine courses during the summer of 2003. Courses are listed below in chronological order. Course details, including a course abstract, is provided for each course by clicking on the title. General information, including travel and accommodations details, may be found at Participant Information.
Students About Science and Technology Using Materials Science
Lessons from Mt. St. Helens
Dr. George Sehi, Dean of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Sinclair Community College, has been elected a Fellow by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers.
Founded in 1880, ASME International is a nonprofit educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership of 125,000. It conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations, holds some 30 technical and 200 professional development courses each year, and sets many industrial and manufacturing standards.
The Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which “recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.”
During his tenure as Dean, engineering technology enrollment has doubled. With 4,000 students, Sinclair has the third largest division of its kind in the nation. Dr. Sehi holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a master's degree in mechanical engineering, and a doctoral degree in academic administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Vernier Networks has announced Version 3.0 of its award-winning Vernier Networks System™ software that provides network managers with enhanced support for securing, scaling, and managing enterprise wireless LANs (WLANs). The company also introduced a new hardware platform, the 6500 series, that provides improved performance, integrated Gigabit Ethernet capability, and hardware acceleration of 3DES encryption for boosting performance of encrypted traffic. This new software and hardware improves the robustness of WLAN security and management, giving enterprise IT managers the features and performance they need to make WLANs as strategic to long-term corporate business objectives as their wired LANs are today.
“The Vernier Networks System is very feature rich, said Michael Shisko, director of information technologies for Experio Solutions (Dallas, TX). “It gives us the features we need today in an easy-to-use package. A lot of the things that we may want to implement in the future, Vernier Networks already supports. We couldn’t think of a feature or control that Vernier Networks doesn’t already account for.”
Version 3.0 of the Vernier Networks Systems software, which runs on all Vernier platforms, is available as a no-charge upgrade to existing Vernier customers and ships standard with all new Vernier systems. For more information email Arlene Dickson or call (650) 237-2216.
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