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Learn. Adapt. Change for the Better. TOGETHER!

This Week @ Kirtland we’ve spent some time looking at the college’s direction and vision as we strive to deliver world class education to current – and future – students.  As an institution, we are focusing on WHAT our students need and HOW to meet these needs.  One of the tools in use is a master facility plan designed to take Kirtland into the next fifty years.  By investing in facility changes and upgrades, cutting edge technology and green, energy saving initiatives, Kirtland can continue fulfilling our commitment of being a world class educational institution.

West Shore Community College (WSCC) in Scottsville, MI

West Shore Community College (WSCC) in Scottsville, MI

Board Chair MaryAnn Ferrigan, Trustee Roy Spangler, President Quinn and several other Kirtland employees explored our vision this week by visiting West Shore Community College (WSCC) in Scottsville, MI.  In the past several years, WSCC has taken an in-depth look at their ability to provide 21st century learning opportunities.  One of the outcomes WSCC delivered is the addition of their Schoenherr Campus Center.   The Campus Center houses a new library, food court, bookstore, and other services to support students and student learning including counseling, advising, tutoring, and testing labs.  Other areas of the campus resonate this goal, including upgrades to facilities including WSCC’s Technical Center, Arts & Sciences Center and Recreation and Wellness Center.

WSCC’s updated campus makes a statement.  It says to students and visitors alike “this is an important institute of higher education.  The education you receive here will be something of significance.”  Kirtland’s trip to WSCC helped solidify some of the aspects of our own “vision quest,” and provided the opportunity for great discussion, collaboration and learning together in anticipation of fulfilling the HOWs and WHATs our students need to help them achieve success.  In the classroom.  In their career.  In their lives.

Another example of learning, adapting and growing together is reflected with Kirtland’s recent receipt of the 2012 Transfer Award, given by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO).  At a recent conference in Frankenmuth, MI,

Kirtland counselor Mary Kehoe and Assistant Registrar Kathleen Wray presenting on the topic of contributing to student success.

Kirtland counselor Mary Kehoe and Assistant Registrar Kathleen Wray presenting on the topic of contributing to student success.

With a conference theme of “Lost in the Woods,” the presentation Mary and Kathleen shared was summarized as follows:

Many students enter a community college setting unsure of their career goals.  “Lost in the Woods” they can benefit from intervention.  From Admissions to Orientation to Advising, our students are provided a “compass” to move them toward their educational goals.  Our advisors are not hiding in a “hunting blind” rather they are proactive in “tracking” a student’s path to the 4 year college or university “target”.

MACRAO is organized to provide for the exchange of information concerning issues of interest to its members and to contribute to the advancement of education in Michigan, and it is a big honor for Kirtland Community College to receive the 2012 Transfer Award as it is given annually to only ONE community college in Michigan and recognizes an institution’s commitment to successfully moving students toward the fulfillment of their educational goals.

To wrap it up, read about even more commitment to learning, adapting and changing for the better – TOGETHER – in a newer blog called “A Pat on the Back.”  This blog focuses on faculty and the work they are doing in the classroom, online and around campus and the community.

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Your future.  It’s closer than you think.  And it all begins @ Kirtland!