LeagueConnections

May 2004
Volume 5, Number 5

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In This Issue...

HIGHLIGHTS
INSIDE THE LEAGUE
 

Microsoft Community College Website
Features the League's College and
Career Transitions Initiative

All the Latest on the 2004 Conference on Information Technology

CIT Exhibition - College Participation

Project SAIL Highlight: Advance Placement
and Online Nursing Program

It's Not Too Early to Arrange for Development Day Speaker!

NEWS & EVENTS
 

Three Good Reasons to Join the Revolution in Organization Development

CHOICE: Recruiting New Faculty Reviewers for Academic Areas

CyberLearning Labs Teams With German Distributor

Changing Role of Community Colleges Redefining the Science and Technology Workforce

Microsoft ® IT Academy Program

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
 

Seattle Community College
and SCCTV

A Whole New World of Education



The Bridge Partnership to Add
Colleges for 2004-2005

The League for Innovation in the Community College announces that applications are now available to join the Bridge Partnership for the 2004-2005 college year. The project is completing a pilot year with 20 community colleges and more than 30 high schools participating. Twenty colleges will be added.

 

THE PROJECT

The mission of the Bridge Partnership is to increase the number of students, especially minorities, who enter and are successful in community colleges. Community colleges and partner high schools collaborate to enhance the learning path from 10th grade through enrollment in college credit courses.

The college placement test is given in the 10th grade. The College Board and ACT are cooperating to provide feedback to assist high schools in organizing programs for students that help prepare them for college credit courses as well as for high school graduation.
Students who demonstrate college competencies are awarded a Certificate of College Competencies and advised to consider Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment, or other college level work depending on what is available in their community.

The Bridge Partnership is flexibly organized to encourage colleges to be creative and to adapt their program to differing local circumstances. Participating colleges are working with high schools in a variety of locally developed approaches.

SUPPORT

The project supplies the colleges, free of charge, all materials, including general brochures for school boards, trustees, and individuals interested in the project; an operating guide; brochures and CDs for high school students and their parents; brochures and CDs for students who enter community college underprepared; Certificates of College Competencies; web-based forums for interacting with the other partners; and periodic electronic meetings.
In addition, the staff is available for consultation and facilitates working with ACT and the College Board.

TO LEARN MORE  

Contact Project Director – Robert McCabe
1601 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL. 33129
Telephone 305.854.4428
E-mail rmccabe@bellsouth.net
Access the project Web-site – bobmccabe.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.

Alice VilladsenIn this edition of League Radio, guest Alice Villadsen talks with host Mark Milliron about Brookhaven's Success College Initiative. With beginnings in a collegewide process to determine the strategic direction of the institution to their development of innovative new-student orientation programs, developmental math programs, and customized student information systems complete with learning style inventories, Villadsen outlines the Brookhaven effort to help students succeed.

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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Learning Summit 2004 Header
Register Now for the Learning Summit!

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. Preconference 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.
 


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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Clearly Quotables

"No doubt, information technologies have the potential to transform the way the classroom operates. This is true not only for distance education classes, but also for traditional classrooms that include elements of web-based technologies."

"The issue is not whether faculty are using information technology in the classroom or to support their students, but how they use it, how they share their knowledge with other faculty members, and what impact their teaching and their use of information technology is having on student outcomes."

"Educational planning offers community colleges a significant opportunity to record student goals, monitor progress toward achievement of them, and engage students in one of the essential educational functions of the college: the overall development of the whole student."

"Two decades ago, different administrative departments with wholly separate computer systems had difficulty sharing even routine information in a timely way. Today, the widespread use of relational databases has made the sharing of routine information much more automated."

Lisa Petrides, from the forthcoming League publication
Turning Knowledge Into Action: What’s Data Got to Do With It?


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NCSD National Office Announces
Achievement of Excellence Award

Rosemary Woolley has been awarded the Achievement of Excellence Award for 2004 by the National Council for Student Development (NCSD). Woolley has served NCSD since 1984 as a State Representative, Regional Representative, Committee Chair, Treasurer, President, and Liaison to the League for Innovation. Most recently, she planned and hosted the NCSD Annual Conference held in St. Louis in October, 2003. Receiving this award is an honor that we hope you will share with colleagues at the League.
 
NCSD is proud to recognize Rosemary Woolley on behalf of all community college student development leaders throughout the country.


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The Socioeconomic Benefits
Generated by Bow Valley College

After an in-depth study of the socioeconomic benefits of Bow Valley College, researchers found the following data:

CCBenefits (2001)

Alberta Average

Range Across Institutes

Range Across Calgary Institutes *

Bow Valley College

ROI for Taxpayers

16%

5 – 34%

22.8 – 34.0%

34%

- Recouped in

8.1 years

4.2 – 12.7 years

4.2 – 6.0 years

4.2 years

ROI for Students

15%

8 – 23%

16 – 23%

23%

- Recouped in

10.1 years

6.2 – 15.9 years

6.2 – 8.9 years

6.2 years


CCBenefits (2001)

Alberta Average

Range Across Calgary Institutes *

Bow Valley College

Average increase in student earnings

$1,904 per year

$1,981 – 2,782 per year

$2,782 per year

Social Savings **

$57 million

$21.7 million

$2.4 million

Contribution to economy

$2.1 billion (4.3%)

$0.18 – 0.42 billion

$.19 billion

* Calgary Institutes = Bow Valley College, Mount Royal College, SAIT
** Social Savings = Health, Social services, Justice and EI
ROI = Return on Investment

Read more about the benefits study by downloading the Executive Summary.


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Microsoft Community College Website
Features The League's College and
Career Transitions Initiative

Established in 2002, the College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) is a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) project focused on easing student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education and improving academic rigor and persistence at both levels. Primary objectives include advocating high schools reforms and strengthening the role of community and technical colleges in student transitions and career preparation.

In this interview with Mark David Milliron, President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, and Laurence Warford, Project Director, CCTI, we discuss the DOE's goals in undertaking this project, expected outcomes, and vision for the future.

Read the full interview here.

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 was outstanding, resulting in the largest number of proposals ever received! Principal contacts for all submitted proposals will be notified of their proposal status by May 28, 2004.

LEARNING CENTER COURSES

An exciting feature of CIT is the Learning Center, where participants attend special three-hour or full-day courses, each of which is expected to deliver a body of practical knowledge and applications. Learning Center Courses augment the conference program by providing in-depth exposure to specific topics in each of the seven conference tracks and linking participants with a community of learners who share common interests. Registrants receive continuing education units (CEUs) for completing Learning Center Courses. Register for the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice today!

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jeb Bush, Governor, State of Florida.

Invited

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)

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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CIT Exhibition - College Participation

League Alliance Members are invited to exhibit at the 2004 CIT, November 7-10 at the Tampa Convention Center. Special exhibit packages include a 10x10 exhibit space, carpeting, one 8-foot skirted table, two chairs, a wastebasket, and an identification sign. The package also includes one full conference registration and one exhibit-only pass. The cost for this package is $1,000. Act quickly, because space is limited. For more information, contact Greg Luce at luce@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 237. To reserve an exhibit space, visit https://www.league.org/partners/Exhibition_Space.asp.


Project SAIL Highlight: Advance Placement
and Online Nursing Program

Sail ImagesThe national nursing shortage is no secret to public health, and, according to experts, traditional means for recruiting no longer work. The Advanced Placement and Online Nursing Program at the Community College of Denver offers new options and outreach to advance those interested and experienced in public health, as well as offering colleges innovative options toward RN program development.

Learn how to bring the Advanced Placement and Online Nursing Degree Program to your institution without development-dollar investments through the Project SAIL Partnership.


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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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Three Good Reasons to Join the Revolution
in Organization Development:

"Appreciative Inquiry provides leaders with a methodology to focus on the positive instead of the negative. Rather than focusing mainly on problems, it elicits solutions. I hope that community college [and other] leaders realize the potential for this valuable tool." George Boggs, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, D.C.

"Appreciative Inquiry is currently revolutionizing the field of organizational development." Robert E. Quinn, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at University of Michigan and author of Change the World: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Extraordinary Results

"Leadership is the ability to align strengths toward a goal or vision in such a way that weaknesses are irrelevant." Peter F. Drucker, Clarke Professor of Social Sciences at Claremont Graduate University and author of many classic books on leadership and management

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to organizational change. It's originator, David Cooperrider, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, will receive the American Society for Training and Development Award in May 2004 for his development of the Appreciative Inquiry model for change.

The League for Innovation in the Community College, National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development, and Company of Experts.net are co-sponsoring a series of four-day workshops to train leaders to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry on their campuses. Send yourself and a team of campus leaders to one of these workshops, and you can be a part of this positive revolution for change.

Here are the workshops coming up this spring and summer:

June 14-17 - Los Angeles, California
June 21-24 - Toledo/Archbold, Ohio
June 28-July 1 - Denver, Colorado
July 12-15 - San Diego, California
August 9-12 - Riverton, Wyoming
August 16-19 - Oakland/Lafayette, California
August 23-26 - Enfield, Connecticut
September 13-16 - Detroit/Allen Park, Michigan (TENTATIVE)
December 13-16 - Sacramento, California (TENTATIVE)

Fees range from $840 to $1,000, depending on whether your institution is a member of the League or NCSPOD. For more information about Appreciative Inquiry and how to register for one of these workshops, go to http://CenterforAppreciativeInquiry.net


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CHOICE: Recruiting New Faculty
Reviewers for Academic Areas

CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, publishes nearly 7,000 reviews annually, usually providing academic librarians and faculty with the first professional, postpublication commentary on a scholarly work. Reviewers are needed in a number of areas in the physical sciences and technology as well as the arts:

climate and weather
physics
mathematics
astronomy
earth sciences
all art areas, for Internet site reviewing
welding
electric motors
gas turbines
automotive technology
ventilation and air conditioning
transportation
diesel engine technology
lighting
textiles and photography
history and philosophy of science and technology

Reviewers are not paid; however, they do keep the books they review.
Reviewers are expected to prepare a concise work of 190 words, and to complete the assignment within five weeks of receiving the book.

Review assignments are made at the convenience of the reviewer; reviewers inform CHOICE of the number of books they can evaluate during any given year and their desired distribution over the year. All reviewers must have a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada, and must be faculty teaching at two- or four-year undergraduate institutions. An added bonus for CHOICE would be reviewers willing to review electronic products and internet sites as well.

Potential reviewers are asked to contact me; I will send along an information booklet as well as other materials to provide more details about CHOICE and the reviewing process.

lternatively, reviewers may sign up at CHOICE's website: http://www.choicemag.org/
Nearly 3,000 faculty from across the U.S. and Canada currently review for CHOICE, providing a valuable service to the academic and scholarly community.

Judith A. Douville
jdouville@ala-choice.org
Editor, Physical Science & Technology/Art & Architecture

 


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CyberLearning Labs Teams With German Distributor

CyberLearning Labs, Inc., developer of ANGEL, the open, flexible enterprise learning management system, has entered a distribution agreement with Cylearn GmbH. The German company markets and services the English-language version of ANGEL and is adapting ANGEL for distribution to the German-speaking market in Germany and other parts of Europe.

Ulrich Traegner, a professor at Germany’s Fachhochschule Mannheim in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, has been active in the university’s ANGEL deployment and is a Cylearn co-founder. “I am enthusiastic to promote broad use of ANGEL in Germany and Europe,” said Traegner. “Cylearn will provide the same high quality ANGEL software and high level of service in Europe that is available in North America.”

“CyberLearning Labs looks forward to Cylearn GmbH making significant impact on the German and European education markets,” said Christopher Clapp, CyberLearning Labs president and CEO.

About CyberLearning Labs, Inc.
CyberLearning Labs, Inc. develops and markets ANGEL, the enterprise learning management system that combines an open and flexible architecture with a complete set of easy-to-use features. The company grew out of the Advanced Research and Technology Institute at Indiana University after ANGEL was developed in the CyberLab of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Now the fastest growing learning management system, ANGEL includes among its users Penn State University, Michigan State University, Kentucky Virtual University, Providence College, and TIAA-CREF. Visit the CyberLearning Labs website at www.cyberlearninglabs.com.


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Changing Role of Community Colleges:
Redefining the Science and
Technology Workforce

Community colleges can play an important part in shaping the workforce in the science and technology (S&T) sector. With the growth in biotech, there is an increasing need for technicians in the biotech field, and workers are finding that they can prepare for these jobs rather quickly in community colleges. Technicians in biotech manufacturing facilities generally have two-year specialized training or an associate degree from a technical or community college, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. With overall employment expected to increase, particularly in biotech, the field is attracting more displaced workers.

North Carolina community colleges are embracing this new role as they prepare for the development of six new biotech centers to be hosted within the state’s community colleges. Earlier this month, the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges accepted recommendations to distribute $4.4 million in grant awards to the centers.

According to the North Carolina Community College System, all of the centers will help develop expertise, curricula, and specialized training within their field of responsibility and share it statewide with the community college system, thereby creating a cost-effective, efficient way of developing workforce training. The decision from the state board to distribute the grant awards to the biotech centers has been passed on to Golden LEAF, the foundation funding the initiative, for final approval on June 3.

States across the country are experiencing growth in community college enrollment, according to a recent report from the National Science Foundation (NSF), The Role of Community Colleges in the Education of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates. The report looks at the role of community colleges in the educational experiences of science and engineering (S&E) degree recipients and how that role differs among subgroups within the U.S. population. Full and part-time enrollment at community colleges nationwide has risen 13.5 percent between 1990-2000, the data show, and more than 40 percent of recent S&E graduates have attended community college at some point in their educational paths.

Categories including field and level of degree, race or ethnicity, age, marital status and family, parent’s education, and high school geographic division are examined in the report. Results indicate that Hispanics and married women with children living in the household attend community college at a greater proportion than any other category.

The Role of Community Colleges in the Education of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/infbrief/nsf04315/start.htm.


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New Opportunities for Students, the Workforce, and Your Institution

In a time of rapid economic change, evolving demands on employees, and new technologies, the landscape facing today’s workforce is one of formidable challenges but even greater opportunities. Individuals who will stand above the crowd and succeed will be those with the necessary skills and training to meet the changing needs of the business community. Today’s high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions have a special opportunity to play a vital role in educating the next generation’s workforce. The Microsoft® IT Academy Program can help you realize the potential.

According to recent government statistics, information technology-related occupations are projected to be among the top 10 fastest growing occupations over the next decade.1 These highly skilled jobs will go to applicants with the relevant training and up-to-date skills required by employers. The Microsoft IT Academy Program offers students comprehensive training and preparation for certification in the latest technologies, from desktop applications and networking to developer skills. It equips schools with the tools they need to develop workers for existing IT job roles, match curriculum with changing workforce needs, and prepare students for new opportunities and rewarding careers.

As a Microsoft IT Academy, your institution will receive a wealth of faculty training and resources, access to the latest technologies, technical assistance, and marketing opportunities to support and enrich your IT training programs.

Register to Attend a Microsoft IT Academy Live Meeting.
Learn more about the Microsoft IT Academy Program and how it is helping to create greater opportunities for students interested in IT careers today. Register now to attend one of two upcoming Live Meetings titled, “Creating New Opportunities – the Microsoft IT Academy”.

May 12, 2004, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
June 9, 2004, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Register to Attend a Microsoft IT Academy Open House
Learn firsthand about the many program benefits and meet your regional faculty trainers and Program Champions at one of the Microsoft IT Academy Regional Center’s Open House events. Also hear the latest information on hot topics like security and workforce development.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004–05 Edition: data on Computer Software Engineers, Computer Support Specialists, and Systems Administrators.


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Member Spotlight
Seattle Community College and SCCTV
A Whole New World of Education

Technology is bringing a whole new world to higher education. And SCCtv wants to be a big part of it.

SCCtv, the educational and community television service of the Seattle Community Colleges, leads the nation in the delivery of video over the internet for higher education. In 2001, SCCtv built IRIS (Internet Resource Instructional System), an advanced digital distribution system that allows organizations to use SCCtv/IRIS as their web portal and deliver high-quality video, graphic, and multimedia educational content over the web to students, faculty, and administrators. Key clients include the Annenberg Foundation/Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Annenberg/CPB is the largest educational video producer in the United States and has been using IRIS as its web portal since November 2001. SCCtv/IRIS webcasts Annenberg’s educational television channel live, 24 hours a day, and serves tech development classes and telecourses on demand. More than 500 colleges and universities and 77,000 K-12 public schools access Annenberg/CPB material through SCCtv/IRIS.

The League for Innovation in the Community College launched the Innovation Stream (iStream) using SCCtv/IRIS as its web portal in February, 2004. iStream is a powerful online resource bank and learning community. Subscribers can access a web-based multimedia resource that offers all League publications, online conferences, the League’s Innovation Database, League Radio (audio-streamed interviews and discussions on topics of interest to community colleges), and a variety of special online events and interactive capabilities.

Last year, SCCtv developed PLANET!, an interactive distance learning platform and learning management system for colleges and public school districts. PLANET! offers a suite of integrated, easy-to-use systems that provide an uncomplicated approach to managing a continuing education department, programs, courses, events, seminars, students, finances, instructors, distance learning, rooms, and reports by delivering the features without the high implementation costs and unused functionality of other systems.

New SCCtv web services include closed captioning on both live and video-on-demand streaming. SCCtv now offers colleges the ability to broadcast their own full-time cable TV and web-based television channel costing thousands instead of millions of dollars. And SCCtv is streaming college and public school radio stations for educational organizations throughout the country.

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