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April 2004
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In This Issue...

HIGHLIGHTS
INSIDE THE LEAGUE
 

League's Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)
Now Accepting Applications

Call for Proposals Deadline Extended for Learning Summit 2004

All the Latest on the 2004 Conference on Information Technology

League iStream Community Grows: Last Opportunity for Reduced Charter Subscriptions

League Radio Preview Edition: George Boggs

Project SAIL Highlight

Career Pathways Technical Assistance Package

NEWS & EVENTS
 

Global Summit on Digital Cities: $10K Prize for Best of Show Call for Presentations

Gadsden State Has Degrees for Dispatchers and Telecommunicators

National Academy of Engineering Announces Pathways Project

ACCESS Announces Next Meeting

Questionmark Releases Connector for WebCT Campus Edition

$2,500 By the People Community College Grants Available

Center for Community Engagement Holds National Conference

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 

Lord Fairfax Community
College 's (VA)

Laptops on Loan and Roam: Enhancing Academic Resources



The Cross Papers Fellowship
Endowed by K. Patricia Cross

K. Patricia Cross In recognition of the outstanding contributions K. Patricia Cross has made to community college teaching and learning, the League is pleased and honored to announce the creation of The Cross Papers Fellowship. Supported by an endowment from K. Patricia Cross, the fellowship will continue and build upon the outstanding success and renowned usability of The Cross Papers. Each year, the K. Patricia Cross Endowment will name a scholar-practitioner of community college teaching and learning as The Cross Papers Fellow.

The selected Fellow will author an issue of The Cross Papers using the general format established by K. Patricia Cross. This format includes a review of literature on current teaching and learning theory as well as practical applications of current theory in contemporary learning environments. The Cross Papers Fellow will also conduct a Special Session on a Cross Papers topic at the League’s annual Innovations conference, with the session videotaped and posted on the League’s iStream. Following the session, The Cross Papers Fellow will be available to sign copies of the monograph.

The Cross Papers Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000 to support research and writing; complimentary registration to the Innovations conference, at which the Fellow will present the work; travel expenses up to $1,000 to attend the conference; a plaque commemorating the recipient’s designation as a Cross Papers Fellow, and 10 copies of the print edition of The Cross Papers issue the Fellow authors.

Since the release of the inaugural issue of The Cross Papers in 1997, community college educators have used these monographs as tools for stimulating discussion, for providing orientation and training to new faculty and staff, for rejuvenating veteran employees, and for designing successful practices and strategies for reaching the diverse groups of students who come through the open doors of community colleges every day. The League applauds the work of K. Patricia Cross and seeks through this endowment to continue her legacy of professional development focused on community college teaching and learning.

Each year, The Cross Papers Fellow International Review Panel will select the recipient after a review of submitted proposals. Interested scholars and practitioners of community college teaching and learning who wish to be considered should submit proposals according to guidelines available at www.league.org/crosspapersfellow no later than June 1, 2004.


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Senator Clinton: Community Colleges for
Homeland Security Training

Clinton ImageIn a recent visit to Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) endorsed community colleges as logical providers of homeland security training and called MCC’s public safety training operation “a model for community cooperation.”

Clinton toured MCC’s Public Safety Training Center, where the college trains police, fire, and emergency medical professionals, and learned from MCC leaders how community colleges across the country are working together to provide high-quality and cost-efficient homeland security training.

“Most places have a community college,” Clinton said at a press conference. “The institution, the infrastructure is already in place and most community colleges perform the training for law enforcement, criminal justice, firefighting already. Yet, when it comes to figuring out how to most efficiently prepare our homeland security forces, there aren’t many places that are looking first and foremost to their community colleges. And I think that’s a mistake.”

“After Sept. 11, 2001, our political leaders responded and rapidly put into place the Department of Homeland Security and all its attendant programs in an attempt to ensure our safety,” said MCC President R. Thomas Flynn. “Speed was paramount, and we cannot expect those early initiatives to be perfect. One of the early oversights by the public policymakers was the strength of the existing resources in our community college system. We’re trying to rectify that oversight.”

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has established a 21-member Ad Hoc Task Force on Homeland Security to define a long-range strategy for the nation’s 1,173 two-year colleges. Flynn is a member of that task force. In addition, MCC’s Col. John Perrone, Jr., along with Gulf Coast Community College’s Pam Whitelock, is co-leading Prepare America, a League for Innovation initiative co-sponsored by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training, with endorsement and support from the AACC. Prepare America is a coalition of America’s community colleges and partners dedicated to placing community colleges in service to the Department of Homeland Security, and its Office of Domestic Preparedness, for purposes of ensuring, through training, the preparedness of all of America’s stakeholders, beginning with first responders. Additional information about the League’s Homeland Security initiative can be found at http://www.league.org/league/projects/homeland_security/index.html.

During her visit to MCC, Clinton also discussed the need to make sure local areas get an adequate level of federal funding to fulfill their homeland security responsibilities. “I do not believe that our current method of doling out homeland security dollars is working. Local communities aren’t getting the money they need quickly enough, nor is the funding level high enough,” Clinton said. Earlier this year, the senator introduced the Domestic Defense Fund Act of 2004, which would deliver homeland security dollars directly to local communities and first responders. The act would also give local leaders the discretion to assess their own needs and spend the money accordingly.

Clinton pointed to MCC’s operation as a model for the country in how to provide public safety and homeland security training via intergovernmental partnerships. MCC’s Public Safety Training Center is a cooperative venture with the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester. “This is a unique institution that can teach us a lot about how best to coordinate and deliver law enforcement and homeland security training to the broad range of institutions and individuals who are now playing a role,” she said.


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It’s Not Too Early To Arrange for Development Day Speaker!

Need a dynamic, experienced, and knowledgeable speaker to help make your faculty-staff development day a success? Let League Services provide a recognized expert to inform, inspire, and enthuse your campus gathering.

Presentations can focus on any number of topics, including but not limited to 

Fostering Student Learning for a Lifetime,

Realistic Assessment of Learning Outcomes,

Learning and the Brain,

Learning-Centered Education,

Making the Most of Community Colleges on the Road Ahead,

Learning on a Budget,

What Faculty Need to Succeed in E-Learning, and

Institutional Effectiveness.

Why choose a League Services speaker for your event? The League for Innovation

Is dedicated to and familiar with community colleges—we speak your language;

Is committed to providing high-quality, affordable speakers;

Has broad expertise and extensive networks;

Will work with you to find a speaker who best meets your institution's specific needs;

Is internationally recognized as a leading catalyst of community college innovation; and

Cares about developing a lasting relationship.

League speakers are now accepting engagements. If you don't see the topic you are looking for, let us know. Contact Ed Leach at (480) 705-8200, ext. 233 to schedule your speaker now!


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Clearly Quotables

"Piedmont does a fabulous job, and so do a lot of other community colleges, because their curriculum is flexible. They're just not stuck. They don't — you know, like some places get stuck and they don't change."

"The community college system has the capability of change. One reason they changed is because they listen to the job providers."

"One of the things, if you talk to a leader in the community college, a good community college, they'll say, I call in a group of business leaders who are looking for workers and say, what skills do you need?... And then they change the curriculum accordingly."

"In other words, the community college system is a flexible program. It's adaptable to meet the needs of the local communities. And so the fourth proposal is to provide federal job training money directly to community colleges."

"I love the stories of people who are willing to go back to the community college, because they feel frustrated. They realize their job — they could be doing better. There's nothing better than an innovative person seizing the moment."

"And a vibrant society is one that makes the community college system accessible to those who have made the determination to improve their lot and improve their lives."

"As our work force gets retrained — listen, we've got great workers, they just need the skills necessary to be able to compete. And as this labor force becomes more educated and more skilled for the jobs of the 21st century, we'll stay the leading country in the world. And that's what we want. We want to be the leader in the world, because when you're in the leader of the world, the standard of living for your people rises."

President George W. Bush during his April 5 visit to Central Piedmont Community College (NC).


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League Receives 2004 Illinois Online Conference Innovations Award

Illinois Online Conference for Teaching and LearningThis month, The League for Innovation was awarded the 2004 Illinois Online Conference (IOC) Innovations Award, recognizing individuals and organizations advancing meaningful innovation in the education field.

With over 35 years of service, the League, through international project development and experimentation, has served to catalyze the community college movement.

Stella Perez accepted the award on behalf of the League and noted, “It is with the support and collaboration of our [League] member colleges, corporate partners, and partner organizations that we have been able to push the boundaries of the open-door mission of community colleges and expand the democratizing principles of education for all students through multiple phases of lifelong learning. Being part of the ILL Online Conference and other Online Conference developments reminds us of the impact of technological advances, while the collaborative spirit and forum discussions among the conference participants underscore the connections that bind us in history, humanity, and success.”

To view the public Conference Wrap-up and Awards Presentation, visit http://home.learningtimes.net/ioc2004/

 


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Online Conference Looks at Broadband Possibilities

The 2004 Teaching in the Community College (TCC) Online Conference, in its ninth year of pioneering interactive web-based conference communities, has announced this year’s theme: Surfing the Broadband Wave: The Shape of Things to Come.

The conference will focus on broadband’s impact on learning and instruction, instructional support, worldwide education, and online learning. Senator Hillary Clinton will make her first webcast as a keynote speaker for the conference on Wednesday, April 21.

TCC’s special partnership with LearningTimes.org offers opportunties to highlight new technologies, collaborative learning, innovative practices, and visions for the future. For more information visit the TCC website at http://tcc.kcc.hawaii.edu/clinton.html.

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Some Career Education and
Workforce Development Trends

Based on the February 2004 quarterly CEO Survey of League Alliance institutions:

  • 98% report increasing their efforts to better facilitate transitions between high schools and community college career programs
  • 75% report actively working with secondary schools to decrease the need for remedial/developmental coursework upon transition into career programs
  • 94% have recently increased efforts to meet the needs of displaced workers
  • 89% have seen an increase in incumbent worker training (e.g., contract training)
  • Of the institutions that are providing industry training
    • 89% offer face-to-face training on their campus
    • 87% conduct face-to-face training in industry settings
    • 54% offer online training options
    • 41% offer hybrid training options (face-to-face combined with online training)


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Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Report

On February 29, 2004, close to 150 community college educators and public service agency representatives gathered for the second annual Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Summit sponsored by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement and the League for Innovation in the Community College. A resulting report that provides information about current research and practice, as well as strategies and tips for connecting homeland security academic curriculum to civic engagement is available at Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Report. For the latest information about the League's homeland security initiative, visit Leveraging Community Colleges for Homeland Security.


League's Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)
Now Accepting Applications

ELI LogoThe League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents, or those in transition, to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with outstanding community college leaders from North America.


The Program
The program is designed as an intensive week-long experience, with format varying by topic and purpose. Participants should expect to immerse themselves in the seminar from Sunday morning until Friday noon.

The Participants
Applicants for ELI are expected to serve in senior positions of leadership in community colleges and to be qualified for the presidency by their educational and experiential backgrounds.

The typical applicant will hold an advanced degree and will have three or more years' experience as a senior-level administrator in a community college, usually reporting to the CEO at the campus or district level. Participation in the institute is limited. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2004.

ELI BrochureTo view the latest details or download the 2004 ELI brochure and application, click here.

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Call for Proposals Deadline Extended for
Learning Summit 2004

Maybe it was baseball’s opening day, spring break, Easter week or just plain spring fever, but we’ve received enough requests for an extension of the deadline for submission of proposals to do a session at the League’s Learning Summit that we finally have extended the deadline to May 1. This gives you one more chance to contribute to discussions on learning and assessment techniques and exchange ideas to improve student learning, performance, and success.

You can now register online for the Learning Summit, to be held in Baltimore August 1–3, 2004. The location: the beautiful Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, adjacent to the fabulous Inner Harbor development. The featured speakers: Mark David Milliron, Belle Wheelan and Cindy Miles. Pre-conference seminars: Choose from topics such as assessment or how to start your journey on becoming a learning college. All this plus poster and breakout sessions, partner exhibits, and networking receptions, combining to make the Learning Summit an affordable, enlightening professional development experience.

Share the wealth of your experience by submitting a proposal to present at the Learning Summit, but remember to send it in online by May 1. This time we mean it!

CIT 2004
All the Latest on the 2004
Conference on Information Technology

The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) offers a diverse program and forward-looking exposition exploring the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

November 7-10, 2004
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, Florida

Accented by warm sunshine and cool bay breezes, Tampa Bay is always alluring with its numerous attractions, cultural institutions, professional and recreational sports facilities, great restaurants, rich history, nature preserves, shopping plazas, and quirky and colorful events. Orlando, the home of Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and numerous other family-style attractions, is a short drive from Tampa. Bring the whole family and stay awhile!

HOST COLLEGES
Santa Fe Community College with support from Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The response to the 2004 CIT Call for Proposals has been outstanding, resulting in the largest number of proposals ever received! However, numerous individuals have requested extension of the opportunity to submit a proposal. Accordingly, we will accept proposals for Roundtable, Poster, and Hands-On Lab presentations until April 23. Proposals for Roundtable, Poster, and Hands-On Lab presentations only can be submitted by contacting Mary Houghton at houghton@league.org.
Principal contacts for all submitted proposals will be notified of their proposal status by May 28, 2004.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jeb Bush, Governor, State of Florida.

Carol TwiggCarol Twigg, Executive Director, Center for Academic Transformation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Judith BoettcherJudith Boettcher, Author, Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, Veteran Executive Director, Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN)

Keynote Talk Show: The State of Technology in the Community College

Walter BumphusWalter Bumphus, Chancellor, Louisiana Community and Technical College System

J. David ArmstongJ. David Armstrong Jr., Chancellor, Florida Division of Community Colleges

H. Martin LancasterH. Martin Lancaster, President, North Carolna Community College System

Mark David Milliron (Host)

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wireless Communications Systems and Their Implications for Community Colleges
    Presentations about how community colleges can anticipate and meet future educational, training, and organizational needs related to radio and TV broadcasting, cellular telephony, specialized mobile radio, wireless data, microwave, and satellite services
  • League for Innovation in the Community College and National Association of Manufacturers Collaboration
    Presentations designed to promote the sharing of best practices, emerging technologies, significant trends, dynamic solutions, and other important considerations facing manufacturing technology educators at community and technical colleges
  • Math, Science, Allied Health, and Vocational Education
    Presentations exploring how the internet and related information and communication technologies are being used to support and improve learning and student achievement in vocational, technical, and physical education

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
Online registration for the 2004 CIT is now available. Early registration helps ensure that you reserve a place in the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice and that you take advantage of early registration discounts. Below are details regarding group conference registration discounts for the 2004 CIT. For additional information about group conference registration discounts, visit http://www.league.org/2004cit/reg/reg1.cfm or contact Judy Greenfield at greenfield@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 200.

 

On or Before October 8

Alliance Member Colleges

30 or more participants ($225)
20-29 participants ($275)
9-19 participants ($325)
8 or fewer participants ($375)

Non-League Alliance Member Colleges

30 or more participants ($275)
20-29 participants ($325)
9-19 participants ($375)
8 or fewer participants ($425)

COLLEGE PAVILION IN 2004 CIT EXHIBITION HALL

League Member Colleges are invited to participate in the Exhibition Hall at the 2004 CIT. Exclusively for League Member Colleges, the exhibit package includes a carpeted 10x10 exhibit space, one six-foot draped table, two chairs, a wastebasket, an identification sign, and two exhibit passes, all for a nominal fee. This is an excellent opportunity to promote a new curriculum, demonstrate your technology capabilities, or recruit for open positions. Interested colleges should contact Greg Luce as soon as possible at luce@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 237.

League Corporate Partners

The 2004 CIT will continue the momentum and excitement generated by previous conferences by bringing an even greater number of participants to the inviting and alluring city of Tampa. Those of you who have exhibited at CIT in previous years know that space in the hall is limited and fills quickly. Be sure and secure your exhibition space early at 2004 CIT! Direct any questions about exhibiting at the 2004 CIT or about becoming a League Corporate Partner to Greg Luce at luce@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 237.

If you would like additional information about the 2004 CIT, please visit http://www.league.org/2004cit/index.html or contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.


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League iStream Community Grows:
Last Opportunity for Reduced Charter Subscriptions

iStream LogoiStream's newest subscribers, Fresno City College, Northcentral Technical College, Thompkins Cortland Community College, and Warren County Community College, join more than 70 innovative colleges already subscribed to iStream.

iStream's content continues to grow with the recent addition of four new League Radio broadcasts. And coming soon is the addition of two new League publications, The Leadership Dialogues: Community College Case Studies to Consider and the updated version of the best-selling Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web.

Only one month remains to save $1,000 on the institutional subscription price and receive up to two complimentary months of access. The reduced charter subscription promotion ends soon. By taking advantage of the charter subscription offer, you will receive access to iStream through June 30, 2005, at the reduced charter subscription fee (based on FTE at all campuses):

0 - 3,000 $2,500
3,001 – 6,000 $3,500
6,001 – 9,000 $4,500
More than 9,000 $5,500

Don't wait to tap into this powerful professional development tool for college administrators, faculty, and staff. This state-of-the-art tool offers users an abundance of resources and information, including the LENs faculty development and training program materials; video-streamed conference keynotes, institutes, workshops, and convocations; radio interviews with key leaders in higher education; League books, monographs, and white papers; interactive forums; the Innovations database; and much more. You can get a free preview of iStream by visiting www.league.org/istream and clicking on 'free preview'.

Subscribe your college today by visiting https://www.league.org/istream/subscribe.asp or contact Greg Luce at luce@league.org.


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League Radio Preview Edition

League Radio Experience League Radio, a web-based talk show featuring pertinent interviews and discussions on topics important to community college educators.

Sanford C. ShugartIn this edition of League Radio, we are joined by George Boggs, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, who discusses significant national issues facing American community colleges. We explore major legislative proposals, including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), Perkins, and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). In addition, we delve into the complex issues surrounding the Associates Degree of Nursing (ADN), the impending leadership shortages, and a host of other intriguing issues.

This edition is currently available in the free preview section of iStream, or you can link directly to the program here. Archives of all League Radio programs are available to iStream subscribers.


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Project SAIL Highlight

Sail ImagesThe Chemical Dependency Program at Rio Salado College offers certification and specialization for practitioners in social work, counseling, psychology, and rehabilitation. Forty-seven of 50 states have adopted legislation and provisions for certifying professionals in the substance abuse field. Rio Salado has responded by developing the theoretical content and practical applications to complete certificate and degree programs in the most convenient and efficient way, through anytime-anywhere access.

Learn new ways and opportunities to bring the Chemical Dependency Program to your institution without development-dollar investments through the Project SAIL Partnership.


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Career Pathways Technical Assistance Package

The Career Pathways Technical Assistance Package is a deliverable of the College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI). It was created by a national group of stakeholders involved in the CCTI project including representatives of secondary and postsecondary education, business and industry, and government leaders. It is intended to provide clear direction for colleges and secondary schools to work with employers to develop career pathways.

CCTI is a federally funded project administered by the League for Innovation in the Community College Consortium in cooperation with several nationally recognized partner organizations. The main purpose of CCTI is to strengthen the role of community and technical colleges in easing student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education and into employment, and in improving academic performance at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. To access the package click here.

Additional information on CCTI can be accessed on the CCTI website at www.league.org/ccti.

Laurance J. Warford
CCTI Project Director
League for Innovation in the Community College

The work reported herein was supported under the College and Career Transitions Initiative (V051B0200001) as administered by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

However, the contents do not necessarily represent the position or policies of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education or the U.S. Department of Education, and endorsement by the Federal Government should not be assumed.


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Global Summit on Digital Cities: $10K Prize for Best of Show Call for Presentations

Digital Cities Conference 2004 is putting forth a call for presentations, presenters, and effective practices for applications and services that are changing the way people work, live, study, and play. With support from Intel, Cisco, Sprint, Allied Telesyn, and a growing list of technology sponsors, Digital Cities is convening a global symposium that celebrates the positive breakthrough technology has on the world's cities. An award the best of show will bring a check for $10,000. Additional cash awards will be given to innovators in each major category of application.

Digital Cities Conference 2004 will take place July 30-31 in Cleveland, Ohio, featuring speakers, panelists, and roundtable sessions integrated throughout an engaging exhibit area that is literally a Digital City, complete with neighborhoods defined by major market segments. Stroll off the Public Green into the Healthcare Neighborhood and see how a surgeon in Paris confers with a radiologist in Cleveland during a procedure. Explore the Government Neighborhood and learn how a major Midwestern city enhances public safety and convenience through a computer tracking system that manages snow removal (it knows where every plow is and which streets still need attention). Experience an interactive theatrical event in the Cultural District, where dancers in New York perform live with artists in Cleveland though a multimedia experience.

Calling Pioneers, Innovators, and Trendsetters. We’ve organized the inaugural Digital City into 18 neighborhoods. If you have a story to tell, a demonstration, a lesson learned, partnership success, or a cool technology, we’re inviting you to share it with the world.

  • Healthcare in the Digital City
  • Art in the Digital City
  • Music in the Digital City
  • New Media in the Digital City
  • Higher Education and Leadership in the Digital City
  • Government Services and Strategic City Planning
  • City and Regional Transportation Services in the Digital City
  • Public Safety and Homeland and Security
  • Media and Journalism in the Digital City
  • Converged Public Broadcasting, News, and the Public Interest
  • Bridging the Digital Divide in the City
  • Organizing and Servicing Technology Companies in the Digital City
  • The Creative Work Force in the Digital City
  • Schools in the Digital City
  • Financing the Digital City
  • Building Strategic Partnerships or the Politics of the Digital City
  • Smart and Green in the City: Technology and the Environment
  • Technology Innovation: Smart Tools and Systems for the Digital City

Submitting a proposal: Point your browser to www.digitalcities.org. After reviewing the topic areas, please submit your proposal online. Submission deadline is May 15th.


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Gadsden State Has Degrees for Dispatchers and Telecommunicators

Traditionally, public safety telecommunicators have experienced low pay and little recognition for the critical role they play in Public Safety. While the public is keenly aware of the roles of law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel, that is not the case for our nation’s telecommunicators. Telecommunicators are the eyes and ears of the public safety responders.

The goal of the APCO Virtual College (AVC) is to provide the education and training needed for our nation’s public safety telecommunicators. This will not only provide them with the knowledge and skills that they need, but will also add to the professionalization of public safety telecommunications. The academic programs offered by the AVC are bringing the telecommunications profession to a new level, thereby increasing the safety of the first responders as well as the people they serve.

The APCO Virtual College is a partnership of the Institute for Emergency Preparedness (IEP) and The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. The primary purpose of the AVC is to provide academic degrees for public safety telecommunicators.

The Institute for Emergency Preparedness (IEP) is a partnership of Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University. The IEP was established to provide training, research and education, emergency management, emergency medical services, hazardous materials management, and homeland security.

Gadsden State Community College is an open-door, comprehensive community college located in Northeast Alabama. Jacksonville State University is a multipurpose coeducational institution located in Northeast Alabama.

The AVC was established to promote professionalism in the field of public safety telecommunications, including 911 operators, call takers and dispatchers. To this end, the IEP has established academic programs dedicated to public safety communications. All courses offered by the AVC are available via the internet, with 24/7 access. Students can complete their courses without interfering with job and family obligations. Classes are taught by a blend of academicians and seasoned public safety professionals.

The program now has over 600 students in 47 states and five 5 foreign countries. It provides a six-course certificate in Public Safety Telecommunications; an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Public Safety Telecommunications; a Bachelor of Science with a major in Emergency Management and a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications; a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management; and a Master’s of Science in Emergency Management.

For information concerning Gadsden State Community College’s Public Safety Telecommunications Program, contact Christina Dilges at (256) 549-8647.


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National Academy of Engineering
Announces Pathways Project

The National Academy of Engineering has launched a project titled Enhancing Community College Pathways Into Engineering Careers. The effort is now in its first phase, and a workshop that will feature exemplary partnerships between community colleges and four-year engineering schools is the primary activity of this phase. The academy is currently accepting applications for participation in the workshop scheduled for July 7-8, 2004 in Washington, D.C. Invited guests will receive a travel stipend to cover expenses related to attendance. To learn more about the effort and to download applications to the workshop, visit the NAE website, www.nae.edu/education. Applications are being accepted through April 30, 2004.


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ACCESS logoaCCESS Announces Next Meeting

ACCESS is a national nonprofit association whose purpose is supporting and advocating for associate degree programs that provide professional development to those who teach and care for young children from birth through age 8 across a variety of settings, including public elementary schools, Head Start programs, child care centers and homes, and other community early childhood programs. Members include full-time and adjunct faculty with early childhood assignments at associate degree programs, campus child-care and lab-school faculty, and other individuals who share an interest in early childhood teacher training and education.

The next annual ACCESS meeting will be held in conjunction with the NAEYC Institute for Professional Development, June 20-23 in Baltimore. Everyone with an interest in current issues affecting associate level early childhood degree programs is welcome. For more information about the ACCESS Conference Day, visit Crosswalks and Intersections: Quality Educational Experiences for Associate Degree Students. For more information about the upcoming institute, go to NAEYC Conference website.


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Questionmark Releases Connector for
WebCT Campus Edition

Questionmark has released its WebCT Campus Edition Connector, extending the capabilities of WebCT Campus Edition™ by creating a PowerLink to WebCT's e-learning system with Questionmark™ Perception™ testing and assessment software.

WebCT PowerLinks provide a framework for institutions to integrate campus technologies and extend the WebCT platform with innovative applications to meet specific needs. The Questionmark Perception Connector allows instructors to incorporate assessments, designed in Questionmark Perception, within their WebCT courses. The assessments can be organized, scheduled, and included in the classroom usage statistics just like one of the native tools found in the WebCT e-learning system. With the PowerLink installed on the WebCT server, administrators can enable Questionmark Perception for specific courses, giving seamless navigation between the two systems. Once added to a course, a Perception assessment can be accessed by students directly from the WebCT environment. When a quiz, test, or assessment has been completed, the results are saved into the WebCT grade book.

The Perception Connector for WebCT brings institutions one step closer to the vision of a complete managed learning environment. Integrating these applications enables instructors to leverage the pedagogic benefits of Questionmark Perception's powerful question and assessment compilation tools, revealing feedback and comprehensive reports. Details are available at http://www.questionmark.com/links/WebCTConnector.htm.

About WebCT
WebCT has set the standard for e-learning systems in higher education. Based in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, WebCT provides a highly flexible e-learning environment that empowers institutions across the educational spectrum with the ability to achieve their objectives. Thousands of colleges and universities around the world - from community colleges to large university consortia - are using WebCT to expand the boundaries of teaching and learning. For more information, please visit http://www.webct.com/

About Questionmark
Questionmark has been producing testing and assessment software since 1988, enabling educators and trainers to write, administer, and report on tests and surveys securely using individual PCs, local networks, the internet, and intranets.

Some 1,900 businesses, governments, schools, colleges, and universities in more than 50 countries use Questionmark Perception. Typical applications include exams, quizzes, study aids, diagnostic tests, precourse skills assessments, and course evaluations. Questionmark has offices in the United States, England, and Belgium, with distributors worldwide. Call 800-863-3950 or visit http://www.questionmark.com for more information.


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$2,500 By the People Community College
Grants Available

By the People LogoBy the People, an initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will make available competitive grants to develop and implement local By the People projects.   Community colleges are encouraged to apply for grants up to $2,500 to hold local events and discussions related to America 's role in the world.

Drawing connections between community concerns and international affairs demonstrates that matters of foreign policy are neither abstract nor distant, but truly accessible and in fact very close to home.  By the People grants will provide tools and resources to assist communities in holding discussions, forums, and related events on worldwide issues of importance and concern including security, trade, and humanitarian issues.

By the People aims to energize and enhance the national conversation on America's role in the world.  Its goal is to create a wide range of opportunities for citizens to debate and discuss the necessary trade-offs and compromises involved in making foreign policy decisions. In order to attract new voices to this dynamic public conversation, By the People attempts to frame foreign policy issues in terms of the values and priorities that speak to America's foremost concerns.

The project includes national PBS specials, local programming to be produced by PBS stations in cooperation with community organizations, national and local forums for civic dialogue, and an interactive website. The project year will culminate on October 16, 2004 with national PBS Deliberation Day, a series of discussions, simultaneous events, and local and national PBS broadcasts focused on America's role in the world. More information on how students and faculty can participate in Deliberation Day will be available over the next few months.

Additional information can be found at www.by-the-people.org. Please feel free to contact Anne Bell at (703) 998-2810 or btp@newshour.org if you have any questions.


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Center for Community Engagement
Holds National Conference

CCNC ImageJoin us at the Community College National Center for Community Engagement 13th annual national conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 26-28, 2004. The theme for this year's conference, Adapting to the Paths of Change, Service Learning, and Civic Engagement, speaks to the changes we face daily as a world community, and the necessity to continue the progress that has been made in service learning and civic engagement in higher education.

The goals of this year's conference are to

  • Strengthen the understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of service learning and civic engagement through curriculum development;
  • Develop best practices for teaching critical thinking and student reflection in the classroom;
  • Raise the level of technical expertise in the classroom;
  • Develop measures for assessment and evaluation of service learning courses and projects;
  • Enhance the practical applications of service learning in the community;
  • Increase fundraising capabilities for service learning programming;
  • Align service-learning goals, objectives, strategies, and assessment methods with accreditation guidelines;
  • Assist in the development of strategic planning for service learning and civic engagement initiatives on campuses and in the community; and
  • Provide opportunities for participants to network informally to gain perspective on diverse aspects of service learning and civic engagement.

Keynote speaker at the conference is John Tagg, Associate Professor of English, Palomar College (CA). Tagg is co-author, with Robert Barr, of “From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Higher Education,” which appeared in the November-December 1995 issue of Change magazine. The article sparked a nationwide discussion of the meaning and mission of higher education. In The Learning Paradigm College (Anker Publications, 2003), Tagg advances and develops the case for the Learning Paradigm.


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Member Spotlight
Lord Fairfax Community College 's
Laptops on Loan and Roam: Enhancing Academic Resources

Lord Fairfax Community College 's (VA) Technical Services Department looks to do more than respond to service requests. The Instructional and Student Services Department initiated the Wireless Learning Opportunities (WIRLO) project. In keeping with its pioneering spirit, the department saw an opportunity to introduce students and faculty to computers as traveling resources in the summer of 2003. All they needed were library cards.

The department began offering laptop computers as loaners through the college's Paul Wolk and Bob G. Sowder libraries. At both Middletown and Fauquier campuses, students check out laptops along with books for research and classes.  The college's wireless capabilities allow students to use borrowed laptops to conduct online research, check into internet courses and virtual libraries through the www.lfcc.edu website, and join online discussions with teachers and fellow classmates. 

Laptops allow students to collaborate in small group projects wherever they find a quiet spot.  With the student grapevine acting as the best promoter for the use of the laptops, usage is growing. Today, 350 laptops on loan are in constant motion at Lord Fairfax.

Faculty members check out the portable laptops as well, using them to enhance classroom activities. College staff use the laptops on loan for registration and advising at different locations, bringing resources to the students. 

For more information about Lord Fairfax Community College and the Technical Services Department, see http://www.lf.vccs.edu/tsweb/index.html


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