Annual Report to the Community
Johnson County Community College 2010-2011
JCCC board of trustees
L to R: Jerry Cook, Bob Drummond, Greg Musil, Melody Rayl, Stephanie Sharp, Jon Stewart, Don Weiss
A message from the president his annual report to the community takes a look back at Johnson County Community
College during the academic year 2010-2011. It covers the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff as well as the college as a whole; charts the progress of
programs, services and facilities; and updates you on our budget and fiscal circumstances. Highlights for the year include the naming of Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, one of our science professors, as Kansas Professor of the Year; the success of our national champion debate team; the completion of a new health education facility in Olathe; and the beginning of a new culinary center on campus. But as the saying goes – the past is prelude. However good a year it was – and it had its challenges as well as its triumphs – 2010-2011 is a foundation on which to build for 2011-2012 and beyond. The challenges propel us to innovate and find new paths. The triumphs give us patterns to emulate and data for new directions.
This look at academic year 2010-2011 shows that JCCC has both a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to. Thank you for your support of and interest in Johnson County Community College. Sincerely,
Terry A. Calaway President
A message from the chair, board of trustees s you’ll see in this report describing life at Johnson County Community College in
2010-2011, the college is emphasizing the use of data in making decisions. I think you’ll find that the data supports these premises:
JCCC changes lives through learning. The evidence? Our student success stories as shown in these pages. Students came to JCCC and found the support and teaching they needed to succeed.
JCCC is the crown jewel of Johnson County. The awards and honors listed on these pages are proof enough. And the arts offerings through our Performing Arts Series and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art add value to and enhance the quality of life in our community.
JCCC is committed to quality. That’s evident from our quality improvement projects, our participation in programs like Achieving the Dream (now Dream Johnson County) and the reputation of our programs, from culinary to debate.
JCCC is a good steward of public funds. We’ve reduced expenditures while maintaining quality of services. We respond to community needs with our programming and by giving back to the community that supports us. Johnson County deserves only the best, and the trustees are proud that JCCC is able to serve such a fine community. On behalf of the board of trustees of Johnson County Community College, I want to thank you for your continued support of the college. Sincerely,
Don Weiss Chair, JCCC board of trustees
The Vision, Mission and Values of Johnson County Community College Vision
Serving our community Changing lives through learning
1. Focus institutional resources on student success.
Initiatives Identify and emphasize appropriate and rigorous outcomes in the curriculum.
n Learning comes first at JCCC n Centered on student success n Dedicated to exploring initiatives that support the collegeâ€™s innovative spirit n Focused on community leadership n Committed to continuous improvement
Values JCCC is committed to, demonstrates and is accountable for: n Innovation n Integrity n Excellence n Leadership n Collaboration n Lifelong learning n Sustainability n Dignity and Self-Worth n Diversity n Stewardship
Establish institutional core abilities for all graduating students. Expand our network of support services to engage students more actively in the JCCC learning experience.
Assess learner outcomes at the course, program and institutional level. Improve instructional and support activities, utilizing appropriate data and evidence. Increase lifelong learning opportunities by expanding the partnerships between credit and noncredit education. Employ technology to improve and deliver quality learning experiences. 2. Strengthen cultural and environmental initiatives that promote a responsible and enlightened community. Initiatives Ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are key components in all JCCC programs and initiatives.
Cassie Woiderski Where there is a will there is a way. Cassie Woiderski reminded herself of this saying when enrolling at Johnson County Community College. “Two years ago when I found myself as a single parent, working for an hourly wage and about to turn 50, I took a hard look at the dissatisfaction in my life,” Woiderski said. “The biggest dissatisfaction was the inability to enjoy a quality of life that required a greater income and a profession that would allow me to have more time off.”
Champion environmental sustainability in the curriculum and in the college infrastructure, transforming the physical campus into a living, learning laboratory. Promote global awareness by expanding curricular and extracurricular offerings. Encourage and support students, faculty and staff who volunteer in community activities and engage in service-learning. Present cultural activities that broaden patrons’ aesthetic experiences. 3. Position JCCC as a dynamic leader in public policy, strategic planning and workforce and economic development.
Woiderski said she gave 30 days’ notice at her job and became at college student in June 2009. She graduated in May 2011 with an associate’s degree and transferred to
Initiatives Extend lines of communication and leadership among businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and governmental
the University of Kansas School of Nursing.
entities in order to build programs and partnerships that advance the economy of the community.
“I sat fear on the backburner and decided if this was really what I was supposed to be doing then I just had to go after every resource possible,” she recalls. “So I came to JCCC and inquired about those resources. I was steered through the literature by the counselors step-by-step.” Once on campus, Woiderski continued to use campus resources to help her succeed. “I am so impressed with the faculty at JCCC,” she said. “I’ve had professors who have encouraged me and who have allowed me to express myself. Also, I’ve spent hours in the Math Resource Center. They have the best staff of tutors and resources to help anyone learn math from the ground up.”
Develop a college function that ascertains, interprets and responds to community needs for information and data analysis, fostering a culture of evidence. Assess and respond to the educational needs of traditionally underserved populations. Serve as a leader in advancing educational policy at the regional, state and national levels. Analyze the regional and national environment and assure the college is prepared to address challenges to institutional success regarding funding, program quality, accreditation and employee development.
Aggressively advocate for the college at the legislature, Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority to assure the needs of students, employers and the college are understood and represented. 4. Instill at JCCC a culture of continuous quality improvement that maximizes sound resource management and encourages creative innovation. Initiatives Strengthen programs designed to expand the professional and personal potential of all faculty and staff. Encourage strategic risk-taking that is based on critical thinking and is in the best interest of the community. Expand and promote the use of data and evidence in decision making.
Enhance communication with both internal and external constituents. Develop and improve processes that support institutional accountability. Assure that all business practices are regularly evaluated.
Serving the community n July 2010, JCCC was one of only eight institutions to receive a grant to promote service-learning and community engagement at the college. The grant is part of a $1.1 million national initiative, “Community Colleges Broadening Horizons Through Service Learning,” sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges with funding from the Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that combines community service and classroom instruction, with a focus on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.
JCCC and the other grantees received $3,000 for one year, beginning in July 2010, to develop and enhance curriculum-based service-learning initiatives in environmental education or new media. Specifically, funding from the Horizons grant provided servicelearning opportunities for students in JCCC’s early childhood education and children’s literature classes. Students researched children’s literature, designed hands-on activities and created outdoor learning spaces in order to provide environmental education and reconnect children with nature at two local sites – Olathe Head Start and JCCC’s Hiersteiner Child Development Center. G.I. Jobs included JCCC in its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list include efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The Higher Education Task Force and U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy announced in September 2010 that JCCC was selected as one of 10 U.S. colleges and universities that serves as an outstanding example of how to engage Americans in citizen diplomacy and address the major global challenges of the 21st century. JCCC was honored for its Las Pintas International Service-Learning Project, which
works with the community center El Centro Integral Comunitario in Santa Rosa, within the larger town of Las Pintas, Mexico. Begun in 1988, JCCC’s international service-learning project has assisted the people of Las Pintas with health care, dental care, after-school programs, training of local home-health promoters, family counseling, financial support for children to attend grades K-12, and community education. The project has helped JCCC’s nursing, dental hygiene, Spanish language and early childhood education students gain critical hands-on experience in a developing community. As an exemplary program, the Las Pintas project was showcased at the U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C., in November 2010.
Leon Jones Leon Jones’ full-time job provided little personal satisfaction. He wanted something more fulfilling so he enrolled at JCCC to consider his options. “I came to JCCC with no real expectations and no goals,” Jones said. “I just wanted to sharpen my skills and explore a hobby. What I discovered were opportunities to become not just a good student, but also a well-rounded student.” Jones said JCCC professors allow students to express creativity within assignments. “I uncovered new personal strengths that made me a better person,” he said. “The instructors became my friends, and the
friends I made became my family.” Before attending JCCC, Jones spent several years as an air traffic controller. Even though the job paid well, it never satisfied him. Photography, though, was something feeding his soul. “I’ve always heard good things about the photography program here and the college in general,” Jones said. “The proximity and cost also sold me.” Jones took one class this fall to finish the JCCC requirements for an associate’s degree in liberal arts. He also is continuing his education at the Kansas City Art Institute. “I’m excited to turn a photography hobby into a rewarding career,” he said. “JCCC provided the focus I needed.”
Erika Garcia-Reyes Erika Garcia-Reyes is resourceful. As a first-generation college student with many questions, she has to be. What’s more, as a Cav Leader assisting new and prospective JCCC students, she shares her experiences to help others with similar questions. “I share with other students the answers I found for all those small questions I once had,” Garcia-Reyes said. “I tell them what’s been easy for me and what is a little difficult. I let them know it is different for everyone, but there’s always someone at JCCC who can help. All you have to do is ask.” When Garcia-Reyes was thinking about
going to college, decisions related to this unfamiliar adventure not only affected her but her family as well. In the end, deciding factors that brought her to JCCC included affordability, flexible class schedules and the ability to stay close to her cultural community. What Garcia-Reyes has accomplished in one year of college makes her family happy. Plus, being able to work on campus between classes is very helpful, she noted. It allows her to spend evening time with her three-year-old daughter. “My family feels very proud, not only that I attend JCCC but that I work here,” she said. “They see me always in school, always trying to do good and to have all these resources available to me. JCCC keeps me growing as a person and as a student.”
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at JCCC won a 2010 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the Kansas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc. and Gould Evans Associates were the architects; JE Dunn Construction was the contractor. In fall 2010, the JCCC bookstore completed an addition of 5,000 square feet to its warehouse. The addition provided much needed warehouse space on the southwest corner of the Student Center that doubled the number of buyback and reservation pickup windows and created a flexible public-use space with seating and WiFi accessibility. The eight buyback windows and seating area are also available for Student Services use, such as enrollment and financial aid overflow, or for other special college programming needs. The convertible public
space also adds another study space for students in the Student Center. Cost of the bookstore warehouse was approximately $2 million, funded by the Postsecondary Education Institution loan fund from the state of Kansas. Recent innovations for the bookstore include a textbook rental trial and expanding e-book program, recycling and sustainability efforts, and collaboration with the Billington Library to provide textbooks on reserve. JCCC was selected as the 2010 Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce because of its economic impact on the county and on Olathe, especially in recognition of the college’s construction of the Olathe Health Education Center.
Work continued on the new Olathe Health Education Center (OHEC) under construction on the campus of Olathe Medical Center. In 2008, the medical center donated to JCCC 5.8 acres of land on which to build an allied health education center. Construction began in early 2010, and the center opened for classes in fall 2011. Courses and programs to be offered at OHEC include practical nursing, certified nurse assistant, rehabilitation aide, dietary manager, medical office, billing and coding, transcription, phlebotomy and ECG technician. The health occupations classes moving to OHEC were formerly housed in classrooms at King’s Cove, Merriam. That facility will remain open to house general education courses that were offered at Bishop Miege North in Roeland Park; the college closed the Bishop Miege North site in summer 2011.
JCCC’s Foundation met the “Wysong Challenge” by raising $3,291,032 to support the construction of a new hospitality and culinary academy on the college campus. The “Wysong Challenge” was a set of initiatives intended to distinguish JCCC’s hospitality program at national and global levels. Former Kansas Senator David Wysong and his wife, Kathy, announced in May 2008 a $750,000 challenge gift to help raise funds in support of JCCC’s hospitality program, which eventually included the construction of a new facility. In 2010, the college’s board of trustees challenged the Foundation to raise $3 million over 18 months to support the construction of such a facility. If the Foundation was able to raise the money, then the trustees pledged to give favorable consideration toward its construction. The monies would come from the
college’s capital outlay fund and capital reserves, which are restricted to capital projects. DLR Group, Overland Park, is providing architectural, engineering and food service consultant services for the new academy. The $10-million, free-standing facility will serve up to 700 students enrolled in the college’s nationally recognized hospitality management program and provide space for noncredit classes and community activities, including new opportunities for workforce development and partnerships. Construction of the 40,000square-foot building will begin in 2012, and the academy will open for classes in fall 2013. “We’re grateful to all our donors for their generosity,” said Terry Calaway, JCCC president. “But we must give special recognition to the Wysong family for giving us such a solid basis on which to raise funds.” Over the past few years, JCCC’s culinary
program boasted the National Student Chef of the Year in 2009; won the National Junior Chef Culinary Team competition in 1997, 1999 and 2002; saw students win six international Gold Medals in 2007; and provided the National Culinary Olympic Team in 2000. JCCC’s is the largest apprenticeship program in the American Culinary Federation; its chef apprentices are employed in 79 locations throughout the metropolitan area as part of their education. JCCC culinary graduates include well-regarded local chefs and nationally known chefs such as Kevin Rathbun, of Kevin Rathbun Steak and Grog Bar in Atlanta, who was named Chef of the Year for 2009 by Chef Magazine.
In June 2011, Trustee Lynn Mitchelson stepped down after 15 years of service on the college’s board of trustees. Mitchelson, who did not seek re-election in 2011, was honored with a community reception. In July 2011, JCCC was recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. JCCC was recognized as such in three categories: professional/career development programs; facilities, workspaces and security; and job satisfaction. The college was also recognized as a great college to work for in 2009. The results are based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities. In all, only 111 of the 310 institutions received “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small,
medium and large institutions, with JCCC included among the large institutions with 10,000 or more students.
Gina Skiles Over the course of several months, Gina Skiles tried in vain to work up enough nerve to register for JCCC classes. However, she found success on her third attempt. “I was going through some life change, and I decided to give college a try, even though schoolwork was always a challenge for me because I’m dyslexic,” Skiles said. “Several times I made it halfway into the building in hopes of registering, but I turned around and went home. On the third time, I just kept walking and ended up at the registration desk.” Skiles recalled how scared she was and how her dyslexia created self-doubt. It’s
been 20 years since Skiles was in a classroom. She didn’t go to college after high school graduation. Instead, she got married, worked full time and raised four children, one with special needs. “The success I found in my first class motivated me,” Skiles said. “I developed the confidence I needed to do well.” Skiles talked about her learning disability with her professors, who were helpful and understanding, she said. Through JCCC’s Access for Students with Disabilities office, she was able to take advantage of books on tape and extended testing times. Skiles encourages others faced with similar situations to give college a try. “You don’t know what you can do unless you try,” she said.
The Center for Sustainability
Activities for JCCC’s Center for Sustainability in 2010-2011 ranged from composting to waste reduction and brought the center its fair share of recognition.
Spending just five minutes with John Stump helps one easily understand how grateful he is to be attending classes at JCCC. In fact, unrehearsed, Stump quickly and proudly recalls key dates that helped change his life. “I remember walking across the stage a year ago last May 12, and the president of this school handed me my diploma for my GED and said, ‘Welcome, and would you please come to my college?’ ” Stump said. “I said, ‘I’d be honored to come to your college.’ ” Stump said he remembers how nervous and anxious he was when he started his first day at JCCC. For someone who hadn’t been to school since 1972 when he dropped out of
10th grade, Stump said he was questioning his decision to go to college. Another important date was at the end of that same semester when Stump received three As and two Bs. He received a letter from JCCC congratulating him for making the Dean’s List, one of only three percent of students who received this high academic recognition. “That letter from Dr. Calaway inspires me to come each day,” Stump said. “I want to be here. I want to learn.” “I’m just not going to school. I am part of this school,” Stump added. “I’m part of something tangible that I can touch, feel and see. This is college. This is as real as it gets.”
The system was also recognized by the Kansas City chapter of the American Public Works Association with a “Public Works Project of the Year Award” in the environment category (less than $5 million).
In fall 2010, the stormwater treatment system on the southeast side of the JCCC campus was recognized as a noteworthy green project in the Kansas City area. The Mid-America Regional Council listed the project as one of its Sustainable Success Stories. The acknowledgment, which MARC bestows monthly for green projects, credited Bowman Bowman Novick, Inc., and Burns & McDonnell, the firms that designed and implemented the system for the college. “In addition to making Overland Park’s streams cleaner, this project is an example of green infrastructure for students and the general public,” MARC stated in its
In April 2011, JCCC’s Center for Sustainability won the silver Edison Green Award. The award recognizes efforts to reduce participating communities’ carbon footprint, create green-collar jobs through new innovation methods and improve community health and self-sufficiency. The Edison Awards are sponsored by TV’s Discovery Channel, The Nielsen Company and Spencer Trask and are associated with the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.
description of the project on its website. “This system demonstrates stormwater capabilities of natural systems and provides JCCC and its students educational and learning opportunities.” Before the system was created, oil from cars and other pollutants mixed with rainwater runoff from parking lots on the southeast side of campus and flowed into Indian Creek. The new system, which includes native vegetation, bioswales and a wetland, filters pollutants from the water and slows the release of the water into the creek. Most of the $650,605 project was paid for by stimulus money provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Of that amount, the college contributed 20 percent.
college’s sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship program. The students practice a broad range of tasks facing a market farmer – planning, planting, harvesting, delivering, marketing, selling and bookkeeping. The farm has become a four-season operation with crops available to JCCC’s Dining Services, the college’s culinary program and students, faculty, staff and the general public through a farmers’ market. The goal is for the farm to become a community outreach site for people interested in the local food movement to try different growing methods and for school districts interested in farm-to-school lunches.
Now on the northwest corner of the campus is a two-and-a-half-acre, four-season vegetable farm used by students in the
Supporting the farm is JCCC’s new food composting program, one of the few in the United States incorporating solar power to turn a continuous cycle of food waste to soil amendment and back to food. The program will enable students to learn about the positive environmental impact that composting has and reduce the costs of waste removal. The college is using an in-vessel composting program, which is an industrial form of composting biodegradable waste that occurs in enclosed reactors. During the first phase of the program, three tons of food waste and coffee grounds were collected from the college’s main kitchen each month. As food waste from other kitchens on campus is added, the amount of food waste composted could double. The program provides more than $4,000 in savings and free compost to use on college grounds and the farm.
In the face of rising electricity costs, in December 2010 the board of trustees invested $1.1 million in energy efficiency at JCCC. Many of the college’s mechanical systems are being upgraded along with retrofits of the college’s lighting. When completed, JCCC will save at least $150,000 each year in energy costs, with more savings generated as electricity rates continue to increase. In addition, changes to printing systems in the college library reduced the amount of paper and toner used there by 40 percent. Overall, the college has realized a total reduction in printer/copier paper usage of around one truckload, which represents a savings of approximately $21,000, attributable to many factors, such as double-sided
printing and charging for printing above 200 pages. The use of recycled toner during the past year has produced approximately $51,000 in savings. Finally, in summer 2011, JCCC became the site for two of 10 electric vehicle charging stations being placed around the Kansas City metropolitan area through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition is working with KCP&L to administer the grant, which is funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. JCCC’s charging stations are located in the lower level of the Carlsen Center west garage, near the entrance to the building.
Gleb Gluhovsky Twenty years ago, Gleb Gluhovsky began his health care career at JCCC. Now he’s an emergency medicine physician assistant for hospitals in the Kansas City area. “One of the reasons I wanted to go to a two-year school, and I encourage others to do the same, is because professors at JCCC are keenly interested in success of students,” he said. “Students are more than a number in a giant class. You engage with others in small classrooms, and professors encourage you to become part of study groups.” Gluhovsky first attended JCCC after his family emigrated from the former Soviet
Union. He enrolled in English as a Second Language classes and went on to complete an emergency medical technician certificate. “The English as a Second Language as well as the reading and writing improvement classes were essential and effective,” he said. “After a semester, I was able to converse in English and take general-level classes.” Gluhovsky then decided to become a physician assistant. Before he began the training, he returned once again to JCCC to fulfill prerequisite requirements. “If you have a will to learn, JCCC helps you succeed,” Gluhovsky said. “There’s absolutely nothing that stands in the way of your success as long as you’re willing to apply yourself and use the resources available to you.”
Faculty and staff awards and honors Heather Seitz, associate professor, biology, was one of 23 exemplary biologists chosen to participate in the 2010 American Society for Microbiology (ASM)/NSF Biology Scholars Program Research Residency. The Biology Scholars Program is a national leadership program established in 2008 to empower faculty to improve student learning in the laboratory or classroom based on evidence; the scholars lead colleagues in national efforts to sustain undergraduate biology education reform. Angel Mercier, program director, arts education, received the 2010 Pinnacle Award – Excellence in the Arts. Presented annually by the Johnson County Library Foundation, the Pinnacle Awards recognize four individuals who have contributed significantly to the
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L to R: Terri Easley, Deborah Williams, Dr. Dennis Arjo and Dr. Stanislav Svojanovsky Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich Charis Sawyer Cathy Misenhelter
business, cultural and educational excellence of Johnson County. Cherie Kennedy, professor, business office technology, received the Kansas Council for Workforce Education 2010 Exemplary Service Award for service to KCWE. Kennedy has served the organization as a regional director and as its webmaster. She also co-hosted the first KCWE Drive-in Workshop for Kansas business administrative technology postsecondary faculty, focusing on soft skills and sharing ideas and projects among participants. JCCC’s College Scholars program presents members of the college’s own faculty, showcasing their research and scholarly contributions to knowledge within their academic discipline. As the first College Scholar of the year, Deborah Williams, associate professor, environmental science and biology, gave
presentations focusing on the Endangered Species Act, purposely choosing two very distinct endangered species. One was the gray wolf, a “charismatic” popular species, while the other was a more “obscure” species – the Devil’s Hole pupfish. Her presentation highlighted how legal and ecological issues affect endangered species. The next College Scholar, Dr. Dennis Arjo, professor/chair, philosophy and religion, gave two presentations on child rearing. In the first, he talked about the changes in child rearing and education, from ancient Greek philosophers who had no qualms in asserting that children come into the world in need of civilizing to modern ideas about children as morally admirable. The second presentation examined
psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg’s theories about children’s behavior, heatedly debated in the 1960s and ’70s, that pit “conservative” methods of teaching right and wrong with more permissive strategies allowing children to “think for themselves.” In February 2011, Dr. Stanislav Svojanovsky, adjunct professor, science, JCCC; research associate professor, the University of Kansas Medical Center; and instructor, department of electrical engineering and computer science, KU, gave presentations related to his research – microarray genomic expression analysis and neural network drug design. In his public presentation, Svojanovsky provided an overview of the microarray technology development and its application in current biomedical research, looking at its multiple steps from data acquisition through statistical analysis and biological interpretations.
Terri Easley, associate professor, speech and debate, addressed visual rhetoric as a College Scholar in April. She explored the ways images shape and communicate persuasive messages. Instead of just acting emotionally upon viewing images, she encouraged people to learn the tools to evaluate visual images and become better consumers of media. She also looked at the tactics and impact of the current state of the visual representations of women in the image-oriented political arena. Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich, executive vice president, finances and administrative services, was named to the 2011 board of directors for the Council for Resource Development, Washington, D.C. CRD represents more than 1,600 community college resource development officers at more than 730 two-year colleges. In April 2011, Sopcich was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture in Russia.
and organizational development on a regional, state/provincial or local basis. Renee Arnett, director, Career Development Center, received the Innovation Award, which recognizes achievement in a program, project or event that demonstrates innovative ideas, adaptations, activities or approaches that enhance the effectiveness of staff, program and/or organizational development. Chris Christensen, director, financial aid, attended the White House Summit on Community Colleges in October 2010 in Washington, D.C. Summit participants discussed the key role community colleges play in meeting higher education and workforce needs. Nine JCCC faculty received Distinguished Service Awards, bestowed in recognition and reward of teaching excellence.
He visited Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen in the Russian Federation to discuss trends in education and training, focusing on acquainting a country without community colleges with the uniquely American institution.
n Dr. Mark Browning, professor, English
JCCC faculty and staff received three awards from the North American Council for Staff Program and Organizational Development. Charis Sawyer, professor/chair, reading and Academic Achievement Center, received the Exemplar Award. Institutional members of NCSPOD may nominate a faculty or staff member or administrator who best exemplifies professional development at their institution for this award. Cathy Misenhelter, manager, Staff Development and HR Systems, received the John Fry Individual Merit Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to staff, program
n Dr. Steven Gerson, professor, English
n David Davis, professor/chair, English n Terri Easley, associate professor, speech and debate/debate coach n Dr. Shaun Harris, associate professor, English n Dr. Monica Hogan, professor, English n Susan Johnson, professor/chair, engineering technology n Shirly Kleiner, professor/chair, accounting n David Krug, associate professor, accounting Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, executive director of the Center for Regional Engagement at Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., served as the external judge.
Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, associate professor, science, was named the 2010 Kansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Mulcahy was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States. As a faculty member at JCCC since 2005, Mucahy has educated, supervised and mentored undergraduate students, laboratory staff and adjunct faculty. She has contributed to the
development of JCCCâ€™s biotechnology program through revision, design and implementation of curricula and developed and implemented online courses from existing traditional biology courses. She also developed curricula for two new classes â€“ one in biology, one in biotechnology. In continuing education, Mulcahy developed and implemented classes for health care professionals on the topics of antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism, cultural competency, epidemiology and infectious disease.
Six adjunct faculty members won the Lieberman Adjunct Faculty Award, which recognizes outstanding performance by an adjunct faculty member. Jo Randolph, adjunct professor, interior design; Geoffrey Heathcock, adjunct professor, business administration; Madhur Mathur, adjunct associate professor, mathematics; Loretta Paldino, adjunct associate professor, English; Irene Schmidt, adjunct professor, foreign language; and Dr. Anke Wells, adjunct professor, foreign language, were all recipients. Dr. James Leiker, associate professor, history, received the 2011 JCCC Innovation of the Year Award for his work with the Kansas Studies Institute, which promotes research and teaching on the culture, history, economics and natural environment of Kansas. The award is sponsored by the League for Innovation in
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Chris Christensen Dr. James Leiker Ron Stinson
Carl Heinrich, athletic director, received from the National Junior College Athletic Association the George E. Killian Award of Excellence, which recognizes those willing to serve and volunteer to support the organization. Karen Martley, executive director, community/workforce development, received The Chair Academy’s 2011 International Exemplary Leader Award, which recognizes her ability to advance academic and administrative leadership on campus.
Ron Stinson, professor, instrumental music, earned the title of North American Senior Slow Melody Champion in April at the North American Brass Band Association Championship in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stinson, a trumpet player, performed Roman, composed by Henri Senee, to win the competition. The Fountain City Brass Band, of which Stinson is a member, won second place as top ensemble at the NABBA championship, missing out on its bid to win five consecutive titles. Through a gift from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, six faculty members were recognized in May for outstanding performance. Recipients were Dr. Beth Gulley, associate professor, English; Dr. Shaun Harris, associate professor, English; Dr. Michael Hembree, professor, history; Dr. Doug Patterson,
professor, science; Bill Robinson, associate professor, mathematics; and Deborah Williams, associate professor, environmental science and biology. Christine Buta, adjunct professor, speech; Dr. Beth Gulley, associate professor, English; and Jennifer Kennett, associate professor, mathematics, received 2011 Excellence Awards from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development. Renee Shortlidge, inventory/purchasing control coordinator for the hospitality management program, was appointed to the American Culinary Federation national certification commission. She is a graduate of JCCC’s hospitality management program and a certified sous chef.
Cundith worked with Randy Breeden and Ian Nance, senior graphic designers; Stacy Boline, writer/editor, Publications; and Bret Gustafson, photographer, to create the guides. The award-winning entries were: n Best in the Nation, Cross Country Guide
Tyler Cundith, sports information, received 12 “Excellence in Publications” awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). His 12 awards, more than any other college or university in the nation, included eight “Best in the Nation” first-place honors.
The International Academy of Visual Arts awarded a 2011 Communicator Award to JCCC for its Changing Lives Through Learning marketing campaign. JCCC’s entry received an award of distinction in the Marketing Effectiveness – Integrated Campaign category. The entry focused on JCCC’s student and faculty stories featured in recent videos as well as in print, radio and television advertising, on banners throughout campus and on the JCCC website. The “stars” of the campaign were JCCC students and faculty members talking about JCCC experiences.
Tyler Cundith Karen Martley
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n Best in the Nation, Golf Guide n Best in the Nation, Track Guide n Best in the Nation, Women’s Basketball Guide n Best in the Nation, Men’s Soccer Guide n Best in the Nation, Women’s Soccer Guide n Best in the Nation, Postseason Guide n Best Cover, Postseason Guide n Second in the Nation, Tennis Guide n Second in the Nation, Volleyball Guide n Third in the Nation, Men’s Basketball Guide
Student awards and honors
L to R: Maxwell Matite, Trustee Don Weiss and Emily Menez
tudent journalists from The Campus Ledger, the student newspaper of Johnson County Community College, won 18 awards, including eight first-place certificates, in the 2010 Gold Circle Awards. The Gold Circle Awards recognize individual achievement in writing, photography and design and are sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association of Columbia University, N.Y. The contest judges work from students across the United States and is not divided by divisions, so JCCC students are judged against journalists from both two-year and four-year schools. Cartoonist Vince Medellin won the Associated Collegiate Press/University UClick award for the second year in a row.
Two recent JCCC graphic design graduates won an Award of Excellence in the 40th annual University and College Designers Association design competition in November 2010. Graduates Bryan Sedey and Josh Wilkinson and Nancy Schneider-Wilson, professor, graphic design, were honored for “Creatures of Creation.” The competition recognized the best of the exceptional design work done to promote educational institutions. Graphic design graduates and students also won American Advertising Federation District 9 awards in March 2011. Those winning gold awards were Sedey, Wilkinson, Kate Munchof, Casey Rudolph and Rob Mitchell. Winning silver awards were
Two JCCC fashion design students won scholarships through a Design Your Future/Diseña Tu Futuro competition sponsored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The winners were announced at a fashion show held during the Student Track component of HACU’s Annual Conference in September 2010. The students are Kin Wa Sweeney, who received a $3,000 scholarship, and Michele Crow, who received a $1,000 scholarship. The five finalists in the competition, presented by HACU and Gap Inc., were selected after students majoring in a fashion apparel design program at HACU-member institutions were given a chance to submit their essay and original design entry. In the final judging, students modeled their own designs on a fashion runway.
Jeremy Kramer, Michael Gurau, Paul Slaven, Sarah Rogers, Sheila Cheasbro, Heather Turner, Janet Franson, and the Advanced Typography class. Sedey, Wilkinson, Muchof, Rudolph and Mitchell then won silver awards in the student category at the American Advertising Federation national competition in June 2010. The JCCC music and theatre department production of Godspell was one of five invited to the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held in Ames, Iowa, in January 2011. Members of the faculty and staff and guest designers include Beate Pettigrew, director; Ron Stinson, music director; Jim Lane, scenic designer; Sean Leistico, sound designer; Kelly Vogel, guest costume designer; and
Three JCCC students received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, allowing them to study abroad during the spring 2011 semester. n Eamon Devine spent the spring semester in Nanjing, China. n Brianna Hodge studied eight weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina. n Mundia Chinonge spent the spring semester in Accra, Ghana. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship
provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Each JCCC student was awarded the full $5,000 scholarship. Students Maxwell Matite and Emily Menez represented JCCC on the All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents. JCCC’s Model United Nations Team received four awards for the policy position papers of Kenya and Tanzania at the 2010 American Model United Nations Conference in November
(the position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues). In February 2011, the team received three awards for its portrayal of France at the 2011 Midwest Model United Nations Conference. Maxwell Matite won the Outstanding Delegate Choice Award for his work on the Security Council regarding the issue of “importance of regional cooperation in combating terrorism.” Jeremy Williams and James Khalif both received honorable mention awards, Williams for his portrayal of France’s position on the General Assembly economic and financial committee and Khalif for his portrayal of France’s position on the General Assembly special issues committee. In April, the team received an outstanding delegation award for its portrayal of New Zealand at the National Model United Nations Conference in ▲
Russell Langdon, guest lighting designer. Student Mags Wargo designed makeup for the production. With the exception of accompanist Beth McLenaghan, the cast and running crew were made up entirely of JCCC students.
New York City. Dr. Brian Wright, associate professor, political science, is the team’s adviser.
Model United Nations Team
▲ JCCC Debate Team
The college’s debate team won the prestigious McClintock Award, presented to the national champion community college team, at the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Tournament held in Binghamton, N.Y., in March. The CEDA national championship is based on the team’s earned points during the entire season in competition with four-year colleges and universities as well as with other community colleges. JCCC was the top-ranked community college the entire 2010-2011 season and finished by a significant margin of points. This was the second year in a row JCCC won the National Championship and fifth year in a row JCCC was in the top three in community college sweepstakes. Terri Easley, associate
professor, speech and debate, was the JCCC debate coach, and Justin Stanley, assistant professor of speech and debate, was the assistant coach. In April, a dozen JCCC students were among the 47 regional student artists whose work was chosen to be in the Undergraduate College Student Exhibition sponsored by the Kansas City Artists Coalition. JCCC placed the largest number of students in the exhibition. The students were Linda Gaulding, Timothy Gelvin, Leon Jones, Michael Leister, Jonelle Lyle, Rachel Peterson, Kegan Sato, Christina Smith, Reuben Stern, Stella Sudekum, LaShanna Taylor and Josh Turello. Broadcast students in JCCC’s journalism and media communications program earned three first-place awards in the Mark of Excellence
nationwide selected to receive the scholarship from a pool of more than 785 applicants. The scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need as they transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. The Foundation awards each scholar up to $30,000 annually for up to three years. Matite planned to transfer to American University, Washington, D.C., where he will major in political science. JCCC students Jordan Rainbolt and James McCausland, apprentices at Hallbrook Country Club, were selected as one of the five teams for the 2011 Student Culinarian Invitational. They are mentored by Edward Adel, assistant professor, hospitality management. This invitational is a fundraising event at the national convention for students who hope to attend the 2012 World Association
▲ Jordan Rainbolt James McCausland ▲ Alex Lahasky
competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. This radio, print and television competition honored the best in student journalism for 2010. Student Caleb Gabauer and former students Jason Gould and Rob Ladd earned firstplace recognition for Region Seven in the competition. Gabauer and Gould earned first place in the television sports photography category, Gould won first place in the category of television feature story, and Ladd won first place in the category of television sports reporting. Gould went on to become the national winner in his category. Maxwell Matite received the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Only the second JCCC student to receive this award, Matite was one of 60 students
of Chefs Societies International Congress in South Korea. JCCC’s Academic Excellence Challenge team won its first-ever state championship in May 2011. With a final record of 12-1, the team beat Cowley College in the championship rounds of the Kansas Community Colleges Academic Excellence Challenge, held at Kansas State University-Salina. Team member Neeraj Bang received the Most Valuable Player award after correctly answering 99 questions in the preliminary rounds. She then went on to correctly answer 26 questions in the two championship games. Other team members were Emir Caglayan, John Coler, Allison Cooper, Daniel Ferman, Devon Howe and Corey Paris.
Athletics n 2010-2011, 62 percent of JCCC’s studentathletes (130 of 209) maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Nineteen recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point. Some of the top teams were volleyball with 85 percent of its roster at 3.0 or better, baseball at 79 percent, softball at 77 percent, women’s soccer 70 percent, women’s track and field 69 percent, women’s basketball 67 percent, men’s soccer 63 percent, and men’s track and field 62 percent.
Seventeen student-athletes were honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). That total tied JCCC for fifth in the country. The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American
honors. The NJCAA renamed its academic awards program this year: n NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on 4.00 scale): Two students – Summer Kelley, softball, and Alex Lahasky, baseball – received Pinnacle Awards. n NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on an 4.00 scale): Six students earned Superior Awards: Curtis Beall, men’s basketball; Jesse Brown, men’s track and field; Kylie Cooper, women’s basketball; Samantha Dupree, women’s cross country; Emily Moe, softball; and Betsy Smith, women’s track and field.
n NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale): Nine students earned Exemplary Awards: Adam Coatney, men’s basketball; Chelsea Kiefer, women’s track and field; Andrew Miller, men’s soccer; Whitney Peavler, women’s soccer; Rachel Pride, women’s soccer; Elizabeth Smith, women’s basketball/ track and field; Nicole Specht, volleyball; Alexander Todd, men’s soccer; and Tatiana Veratti, women’s soccer.
Baseball The Cavaliers ended their campaign with an overall record of 33-26, a good season for most teams, but a disappointment for the
Cavaliers. Expectations were high for this team when the season opened. The Cavaliers were defending conference champions, had produced three straight 40-win seasons, and were listed preseason No. 12 by the NJCAA and No. 14 by Perfect Game USA. JCCC started strong, winning 21 of its first 27 games. However, by the end of the season the team was eighth in conference standing. The Cavaliers had several bright spots to the season. Six members of the team were selected as all-conference performers, and two players were taken in the Major League draft. Jeff Soptic became the highest drafted player in team history when he was selected in the third round by the Chicago White Sox. Coach Kent Shelley also achieved his 700th career victory this year.
The JCCC men’s basketball team, coached by Mike Jeffers, finished with a mark of 19-12 and reached the Region VI championship game for a 12th straight year. Sophomore guard Ryan Magdziarz earned all-conference and all-region honors after leading the Cavaliers with a scoring average of 18.9 points per game. He also hit 80 3-point baskets, one behind sophomore Ryan Arel’s 81, who finished second in scoring with a 14.6 average. Also averaging double figures was freshman Justin Leathers with 13.1 points. He joined Magdziarz as an all-region selection.
The JCCC men’s and women’s cross country teams recorded solid seasons for head coach Mike Bloemker. The men placed second in the conference, fourth in the region, 10th at nationals and second at the half marathon championships. The women placed second in both the conference and region standings and eighth in both the cross country and half marathon national championships. Nathan Sloniker and Javier Segura on the men’s side and A’Brey Rogers and Shelby Clark for the women were all-conference and all-region performers.
Golden Girls dance team
A year after setting a school record with 30 wins, head coach Ben Conrad’s squad bettered that mark this year, winning 32 while finishing fifth in the country. JCCC also held
The Golden Girls dance team competed at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate National Championship Competition in April and placed seventh in the finals competition.
the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in the polls for 16 weeks, including 10 as the country’s top-ranked program. JCCC had five different players earn postseason honors. Sophomores Liz Smith and Taylor Bird earned all-conference, all-region and All-America honors. Tanchelle Hollingsworth earned all-region and All-American recognition. Mary Pat Specht earned all-region honors, and Amy Briggs was selected to the NJCAA all-tournament team. The sophomores on this team finished their careers with a mark of 62-10, the best two-year run in team history.
The Golden Girls were just .384 points shy of first place. A day earlier, the team placed second out of 12 teams in the preliminary round, ensuring JCCC’s first appearance in the NDA finals. The NDA Collegiate National Championship is the largest cheer and dance competition, with more than 250 teams and 28 divisions. Amy Sellers is the team’s coach.
Golf The JCCC golf team, coached by Lafayette Norwood, finished the regular season in third place after six conference tournaments. The team also had four individuals finish among the top 15 point leaders in the conference, all earning all-conference honors. The four players were sophomores Eric Herman and Spencer Scott and freshmen Rick Hairgrove and Devin Montague.
The men’s soccer team, coached by Fatai Ayoade, finished the season with an 11-9-1 record, marking the 31st winning season in the program’s 35-year history. The Cavaliers also defeated Cowley in the first round of the region playoffs, ending a string of four straight first-round losses in postseason play. Sophomore Ryan O’Keefe was the Cavs’ top scorer with 23 points and 10 goals. Sophomore Zach Robertson led the team in assists with seven. JCCC had five players named as all-conference performers, and four earned all-region honors.
Early in the 2011 season, head coach Kelly Latendresse and her Lady Cavaliers softball team were not having the season the program has been accustomed to in recent years. The Lady Cavaliers had a 167-49 record the past four years with a national tournament appearance each season. But when postseason play began this season, JCCC’s record was just 24-24. The team finished 29-27 overall and lost to Labette in the district final, just missing a fifth straight trip to nationals. Individually, seven players were honored as either all-conference or all-region honors.
Women’s soccer The Lady Cavaliers soccer program, led by coach Jim Schwab, finished the 2010 season with an overall mark of 16-3-0 and ranked fifth in the final NJCAA poll. Schwab
also moved to within one meet of his 200th career victory as JCCC women’s soccer coach. JCCC had seven players selected to both the Kansas Jayhawk Conference and Region VI teams. Jenna Neumann led JCCC in scoring with 43 points and 15 assists. She tied with Whitney Peavler in goals scored with 14. Jessie Jacob allowed just 10 goals and had 12 shutouts.
outstanding efforts in the Region VI championships. The men won all nine of their matches on the final day of regionals to finish in a tie with Cowley for the team title. This is the Cavaliers’ third straight championship and 11th in team history. Niklas Sparr, Maxim Fil and Harry Lee won singles titles, and Sparr and Fil partnered to win at No. 1 doubles. They went on to finish 10th in the nation. The women’s tennis team placed second at regionals, just three points behind Cowley. Marijana Gjorgjevska and Lexi Hertling each won singles titles, and the two paired together to win at No. 2 doubles. JCCC capped its season by placing 12th nationally.
The JCCC men’s and women’s tennis teams, coached by Glen Moser, each qualified for their respective national tournaments with
Track and field
The men’s track season featured nine AllAmerica performances and one of the best sprinters in college history. Alex Sanders earned indoor All-American honors in the 55-meter dash and was an all-conference and all-region performer in the 60 meters. He also set a new JCCC stadium record and has one of the fastest times ever in the program’s history. Outdoors, he recorded one of the fastest 100-meter times at JCCC and capped the year by helping the 4x100 team earn All-America honors.
The volleyball team, coached by Jennifer Ei, had another outstanding campaign in 2010. JCCC won the East Jayhawk Conference and region/district titles and finished runner-up at the NJCAA Division II national tournament. This was JCCC’s third runner-up national finish in the last four years. In addition to the team’s success, three individuals were honored for their performances in this championship event. Sophomores Nicki Specht and Shannon Majors and freshman Tayler Geer were named to the 2010 NJCAA D-II all-tournament team. Those three, along with sophomores Erin Hardy and Ali Jacobsen and freshman Emily Hester, were all-conference performers. Ei was selected the conference coach of the year. The team finished 30-6 overall.
The women’s team won the indoor conference championship and finished 14th in outdoor nationals. Freshmen Ashley Reid and Chelsea Borders were two of the leaders. Reid earned indoor and outdoor AllAmerican recognition in the high jump and ran a leg on the outdoor 4x100 relay that
▲ Amira Maker earned All-America honors. Borders, freshman Maisha Mitchell and sophomore Amira Maker were also on that relay that set a new school record with a time of 46.94, breaking the old mark of 47.48 set in 1994. Borders also set a school record in the 100 meters. Mike Bloemker is the head coach.
Meeting community needs ealth and Human Services’ dementia care certificate program received a national exemplary award in the workforce and economic development category from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training. The program was also an NCCET 2010 Midwest regional exemplary program. Penny Shaffer is the program director.
JCCC was one of 10 schools chosen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to participate in a landmark national study of simulation use in pre-licensure nursing programs. The study aims to highlight best practices in simulation use, evaluate key simulation standards and learning experiences in each core clinical course during the study, and
evaluate new graduates’ abilities to translate educational experiences into the workplace. In April 2011, JCCC hosted a National Council of State Board of Nursing simulation team meeting in preparation for the study. Study teams from each of the 10 schools underwent extensive training at three meetings prior to the study’s start date. At JCCC, the second team meeting site, study teams were trained in facilitating simulation scenarios, effective debriefing techniques and assessment tools. JCCC became a partner with Gap Inc. in Gap for Community Colleges, part of the White House initiative, “Skills for America’s Future.” JCCC students now have access to the same comprehensive training curriculum given to Gap store managers. The workshop material covers job search preparation such as
interview skills and résumé writing, practical workplace skills such as managing people and setting priorities, and how to effectively communicate in the workplace. Students will be eligible to apply for $1,000 scholarships. JCCC continued as part of “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count”, a national initiative to help more community college students succeed. The initiative is built on the belief that broad institutional change, informed by student achievement data, is critical to significantly improving gaps among students in targeted populations. Each college participating in Achieving the Dream identifies different needs – some focus on minority student success, for example, while
others look at adult returning students. At JCCC, college stakeholders identified developmental education as the most pressing challenge. Developmental programs are those designed for students who need help in reading, writing and/or math before moving on to college-level coursework. JCCC faculty and staff developed several strategies intended to improve student success in developmental education. The college’s First-Year Connections strategy is a means to build relationships between students in developmental education and college stakeholders that might contribute to their success. Using promising practices developed by the college’s division of Learner Engagement, students who test into the lowest levels of developmental reading and/or writing courses are offered the opportunity to become “Dream Scholars” and participate in the First-Year Connections program.
▲ Dianna Rottinghaus
Dream Scholars met daily throughout the spring semester to focus on reading and writing. The two professors who led the students hoped to discover how much of an impact a learning community environment could have on student success. Dr. Beth Gulley, associate professor, English, taught developmental writing while Dianna Rottinghaus, associate professor, reading, taught developmental reading. With them in the classroom was a tutor who was available to the students outside of class at no cost. The college completed its two-year commitment to Achieving the Dream at the end of the spring 2011 semester with a solid framework for examining achievement gaps in developmental education and an enthusiasm for addressing those gaps through innovative pedagogy and support services. This framework will guide the college’s continued
(SI). For this activity, students who enroll in special sections of College Algebra – the college’s gateway math course – have access to and participate in special lab sections facilitated by an “SI Mentor.” Mentors are charged with setting an example of excellence for students in College Algebra, facilitating student learning in collaboration with faculty members, and building connections between students and support services that enhance their success in math and other coursework at the college. The final component of this strategy was a Mathematics Education Summit held in summer 2011. This summit assembled stakeholders in mathematics education from eastern Kansas to discuss ways in which the P-16 mathematics pipeline can be enhanced and improved. The third strategy is an experiment in community learning. A small group of JCCC
work in improving student success in developmental education, this time called Dream Johnson County. In 2011-2012, Dream Johnson County will expand to include new and scaled initiatives designed to help more students realize their goals of completing college-level coursework, degrees and certificates.
Dr. Lori Slavin and Brenda Edmonds
Another important strategy advances three component activities designed to foster innovation in JCCC students’ pathway through mathematics education. By combining new opportunities on campus and “courageous conversations” with regional stakeholders, the college seeks to collaboratively discover, design and deliver compelling initiatives that support student success in math. The first component activity involves the use of software to build adaptive learning opportunities that can be customized to meet specific needs. JCCC uses special software products to build unique math courses for students whose grade in a prerequisite class or COMPASS test score precludes them from enrolling in their desired level math class. The second component of this strategy leverages emerging research and promising practice regarding supplemental instruction
Brenda Edmonds, associate professor, mathematics, and Dr. Lori Slavin, associate professor, science, became the co-directors of JCCC’s first-ever Office of Outcomes Assessment. The major goal of outcomes assessment is to document and improve student learning with respect to JCCC’s student learning outcomes. Eight campuswide outcomes are related not to specific class content; rather, they are broad goals related to higher education.
30-minute documentary about Mullinville folk artist M.T. Liggett that was written and produced by JCCC faculty and staff. The film takes an in-depth look at the metal sculptor who uses scrap farm equipment as his media, a cutting torch and arc welder as his tools. The documentary was also broadcast on KCPT public television. In November, Kansan Stan Herd, considered the world’s preeminent representational earthwork artist, talked about The Prairie Renaissance. In his presentation, Herd looked at themes of prairie art and how painters, sculptors and now filmmakers are rethinking the concept of the prairie in their subject matter. In March, Patrick Dobson, adjunct assistant professor, history, discussed his book, Seldom Seen: A Journey Into the Great Plains. ▲
“We have to do some kind of evaluation to demonstrate that students are learning the things we are attempting to teach,” Edmonds said. “The main role of this office is to encourage and assist faculty with assessment project initiatives and to form a collection point for data so people can use it.” “We are looking to improve student success and curriculum. It’s not faculty evaluation,” Slavin said. “The data is collected and analyzed by the faculty. The assessment process allows us to see what is working in the classroom and what is not.” Most faculty are already collecting data regarding at least one of the student learning outcomes using assessment embedded in common assignments, portfolios, performances, capstone experiences and commercial tests, among other measures. What has been missing in the student learning
outcomes assessment cycle has been collation of the data, faculty discussion of the data and action – the pieces needed to implement improvement strategies. Goals for 2010-2011 included determining the best way to archive data, developing pages for outcomes assessment on the college’s website and awarding up to 30 $500 mini-grants to faculty for resources needed toward assessment, such as equipment, software or books. In April 2011, the college hosted a regional community college assessment conference to discuss best practices, challenges and solutions related to academic outcomes assessment in community colleges. JCCC’s Kansas Studies Institute (KSI) sponsored several events during 2010-2011, including the public premiere in October of Moon Tosser of the Prairie, a
In April, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the Poet Laureate of Kansas 2009-2011, spoke on Finding Our Way Home to Ourselves and This Land: A Reading of Poetry and Prose with Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn MirriamGoldberg. Her presence was the capstone to an all-day Kansas Writers Symposium sponsored by KSI and the English department. The goal was to facilitate a gathering of writers from diverse disciplines whose work centers on Kansas as a “place.” Invited writers included historians, fiction writers, poets, essayists and scientists. KSI promotes research and teaching on the culture, history, economics and natural environment of Kansas. Dr. James Leiker, associate professor, history, is the director.
In 2010-2011, JCCC established new articulation agreements with these institutions: n Fort Hays State University, allowing JCCC students who complete an associate of applied science degree in industrial technology to seamlessly transfer to FHSUâ€™s bachelor of technology leadership program. n Columbia College, which will accept the JCCC associate of arts degree as satisfying all of its general education requirements. Columbia College will also accept the JCCC associate of science, associate of applied science and associate of general studies degrees as satisfying all of its general education requirements, provided stipulated coursework is completed. n Northwest Missouri State University, which will allow students who have earned an
associate of applied science degree in business administration the opportunity to complete a bachelor of science degree in business management at Northwest. n National American University, whereby National American will admit graduates of JCCC associate degree programs into its bachelor of science in applied management program and bachelor of science in applied information technology program. n American Public University System, allowing eligible JCCC graduates junior status at APU. JCCC students who have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree will be able to transfer credits as a block to designated bachelor degree programs at APU.
Career Pathways Career Pathways provides a framework for career development, giving students the opportunity to take academic and technical classes relevant to their career goals. Within each of the 16 career clusters there are pathways that further define specific types of career opportunities students can pursue. In turn, within each pathway there are sets of specialized knowledge and skills that students must master in order to be competent in the career they are studying. Career Pathways provides a seamless course of study between secondary and postsecondary education, which are non-repetitive, sequential, developed jointly between educators at each level and ease student transition from one educational institution to the next. Increased attention is placed on the articulation from high school into community colleges and, through agreements,
from community colleges into universities. Career Pathways encourages strong, comprehensive links between secondary and postsecondary institutions in Johnson, Douglas and Miami counties. A total of 1,236 students, enrolled in the 13 high schools in those counties, fit the definition of a Career Pathways student; 291 Career Pathways graduates attended JCCC in fall 2010. Most of the Career Pathways graduates who attended JCCC in fall 2010 were enrolled in classes full time.
College Close to Home Students may enroll in college general education classes at off-campus College Close to Home sites in high schools throughout the county, including Gardner-Edgerton High School, De Soto High School and Eudora High School and at KU Edwards Campus and the Lawrence Centennial School in Douglas
County. More than 2,600 students took classes at these locations in 2010-2011.
College Now and Quick Step JCCC’s College Now is a credit program for county high school sophomores, juniors and seniors or ninth-grade students identified as gifted with a current Individual Education Plan. College Now students enroll in selected college classes, such as composition or U.S. history, offered at and in cooperation with the high school. The courses reflect the college’s content, objectives and assignments and are taught on the high school campus by qualified high school teachers. During fall 2010, College Now enrollment totaled more than 2,500 students in 25 different locations. In spring 2011, more than 1,500 high school students were enrolled in College Now classes.
Ninety-eight percent of College Now students continue their education at colleges and universities, and 97 percent of College Now students said their courses transferred for credit to colleges other than JCCC. Nearly 98 percent of students would recommend the program to a friend. Through the Quick Step program, high school students can be enrolled in more than 150 college courses. Instruction is provided by JCCC faculty and is usually held on the college campus. For fall 2010, more than 800 Quick Step students from area high schools were enrolled in JCCC courses. In spring 2011, more than 600 students were enrolled in Quick Step courses. JCCC also offers a unique program in the high schools called Quick Step Plus, or QS+. Students can earn credit in high school math and college algebra simultaneously through JCCC’s
self-paced math offerings. A high school instructor teaches the course and gives the high school grade, while a JCCC professor oversees the self-paced aspect of study, administers all assessments for college credit, and gives the JCCC grade. In 2010-2011, 1,009 students were enrolled in 90 sections of the course in 24 area high schools. Ninety-two percent of enrolled students earn transferable credit for college algebra with a grade of C or higher.
Cooperative programs JCCC and the Metropolitan Community College district in Kansas City, Mo., have developed cooperative agreements that allow Johnson County residents to enroll in selected career programs at MCC while paying the same cost per credit hour rates that Johnson County residents pay to attend JCCC.
Conversely, Missouri residents may enroll in selected career programs offered at JCCC at resident Missouri tuition rates. Between JCCC and MCC there are 33 cooperative programs offered to more than 350 students from both Johnson County and Missouri.
Nontraditional careers Students in nontraditional careers are studying in a field in which more than 75 percent of the workforce is of the opposite gender. Examples are men in nursing and women in information technology. JCCC systematically works to inform students, parents, counselors, teachers, the community and business of the options, advantages and availability of nontraditional careers for male and female students. More than 500 students participate in activities focusing on nontraditional careers each year.
Events and speakers In July 2010 nearly 400 runners participated in the third Start2Finish 5K Run-Walk, co-sponsored by JCCC and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. Race proceeds support scholarships for JCCC students who continue their education at KU Edwards Campus through Start2Finish, an educational partnership between the two institutions. Runners start at JCCC, run south on Quivira Road and finish the race at the KU Edwards Campus. The run has raised more than $35,000 for scholarships. The third Sustainability Expo and Dinner in September featured locally grown food paired with Kansas wines. Dinner guests had the opportunity to meet with local farmers to discuss the field-to-plate process and
efforts toward sustainability. Japanese culture came alive in September at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, presented on the college campus by the Heart of America Japan-America Society and the Japan Festival committee. Events included performances of buyo and shamisen dancing and taiko drumming. Ex-quarterback-turned-social activist Donald McPherson talked about menâ€™s violence against women in October, using the appeal of sports to address sexual and domestic violence and lead men into a violence-free lifestyle. The event was co-sponsored by JCCC and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. Dr. Murat Kacira, a controlled environment agriculture engineer at the
University of Arizona, gave two presentations in October as a scholar-in-residence. The first was Engineering Concerns and Opportunities for Sustainable Greenhouse Systems, and the second was on Improving Production Quality and Resource Use Efficiency by Plant Sensing and Monitoring. The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training at the University of Kansas and JCCCâ€™s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a regional autism conference, Beyond the Diagnosis: Autism Across the Lifespan, in October. Conference speakers were Dr. Roy Richard Grinker, cultural anthropologist and the author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism, and Dr. Steve Warren, senior scientist
and vice provost for research and graduate studies and professor of applied behavioral science, the University of Kansas. Johnnique Blackmon Love and Wilma Freelain Bonner, two authors of The Sumner Story, along with local historian Chester Owens Jr., talked about the successful education they received at Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kan. Lewis W. Diuguid, Kansas City Star editorial board member and columnist, joined them to speak about student and teacher experiences as he followed students from their freshman year to graduation in 1999 at Washington High School, also in Kansas City, Kan. In November, Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times reporter and author of
Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration and True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx, spoke at JCCC. In January 2011, Roger Ames, professor of philosophy, University of Hawaii, gave a lecture, Confucian Role Ethics: Does Blind Justice Need Moral Imagination? His lecture was sponsored by JCCC’s International Education office, Staff and Organizational Development, and the Instructional branch. In February 2011, Dr. Tony Zink presented Exercise and Cognitive Function … Training for the Brain. The program was sponsored by St. Luke’s South in partnership with the JCCC Nell Mitchell Speaker Series. JCCC’s horticultural sciences program in partnership with Hermes Nursery and Landscaping hosted the first-ever
Horticultural Science Field Day in February. The event aimed at recruiting students to the field of horticulture and providing information about job opportunities and careers in horticulture. JCCC hosted an academic conference, Sri Lanka: Post Civil War and Post Tsunami. The panel of scholars included: Dr. Dennis McGilvray, professor of anthropology, University of Colorado-Boulder; Dr. Patrick Peebles, professor emeritus of history, University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Dr. Susan Reed, associate professor anthropology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. The topics of their presentations ranged from religious identities to the challenges of democracy since independence to the politics of dance. As part of the Visiting Chef Series,
Michael Smith, executive chef/owner of Michael Smith and Extra Virgin restaurants in Kansas City, Mo., gave A Guided Tapeo Tour, along with a lecture, cooking demonstration and tasting. The Visiting Chef Series, sponsored by the JCCC Foundation and the hospitality management program, was underwritten by Dr. David Meyers, professor of medicine-cardiology, the University of Kansas Medical Center. A symposium for health care professionals, Growing Older Successfully: Healthy Aging Symposium, was sponsored by JCCC’s Health and Human Services and the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Alzheimer and Memory Program. The Science Olympiad was held on the college campus in February. The Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets for students grades 6-12. During the
day, 46 local schools competed in two divisions – junior high/middle school and high school – in meteorology, chemistry, biology and more. In March, JCCC hosted a series of events that examined and untangled the influences of how women are perceived and represented around the world. The series, 360 Degrees of Women’s Lives: Across History, Comparative Culture, the Arts, Media, Ethics and the Personal, culminated in a daylong conference on eating disorders in May. Participants included Darryl Roberts, executive producer, America the Beautiful, and Dr. Susan Bordo, internationally known cultural feminist scholar and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body and a new book, The Creation of Anne Boleyn.
JCCC’s fashion merchandising and design students presented their spring fashion show, Flaunt, featuring clothes designed by JCCC students. Brandon Gillette, a member of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets education team, presented Ice Movement in Antarctica: Byrd Glacier. The lecture was sponsored by JCCC’s Center for Sustainability, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Staff and Organizational Development. The fourth Lose the Training Wheels camp, a program that teaches children and adults with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike, was conducted at JCCC in March. The camp offers specially adapted bikes that help special-needs children and adults learn to ride a bike without training wheels in five days.
In April, the Student Environmental Alliance again celebrated Earth Day. The students promoted awareness of environmental issues, ideas and actions. Andrew Jenks, award-winning documentary filmmaker, shared highlights of his work on the MTV series World of Jenks, challenging students “to make a difference and leave their own unique stamp on society.” In each episode of his series, Jenks brings viewers closer to understanding someone else’s reality, whether it’s a platinum-selling recording artist or a young homeless woman. Carbon Nation, an inspiring look at recent advances in clean energy and green technologies, with the film’s director, Peter Byck, was presented by the Student Environmental Alliance and the Center for Sustainability. The screening was streamed live to other colleges
and universities across the country. Topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose garden is recognized by art and botanical enthusiasts, and his wife, Metra, spoke to students. Afterward, Fryar sculpted a tree, which was donated to JCCC and remains on campus. The event was sponsored by the Center for Equitable Education in partnership with JCCC’s Student Environmental Alliance and the Horticultural Sciences Students Association. Jana Corrie, co-anchor, FirstNews Weekend, and reporter, FirstNews, KMBC-TV-9, and Dave Helling, multimedia reporter for The Kansas City Star, discussed “backpack” journalism with students in JCCC’s journalism and media communications department. Backpack journalism refers to the trend where one journalist covers a news story – conducts the interview, shoots and edits the video, voices the news story and produces
the promotional piece. After the story is complete, the reporter may be required to post it for a variety of media – television, print or the Web. Kelly Eckerman, news reporter/anchor, KMBC TV-9, received the Headline Award from JCCC’s journalism and media communications department. The Headline Award recognizes persons who have made significant contributions to journalism in the area. The Cohen Community Series raised more than $40,000 for scholarships through a performance by country music star Vince Gill. Gill was the fourth person to appear in the series, inaugurated in 2008 in honor of the late Barton P. Cohen, president of Metcalf Bancshares, vice chairman and general counsel of Metcalf Bank, an attorney with
Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP, and a longtime supporter of the college. The Nell Mitchell Wellness Fair, featuring activities, information booths and screenings, promoted health and wellness activities for the community. Those who attended Farmin’ the ‘Burbs were able to tour the 2.5-acre farm on the west side of campus operated by JCCC’s sustainable agriculture certificate program, visit and sample the wares of farmers and purveyors in the local farmers market and attend an outdoor screening of The Greenhorns, a documentary film exploring the lives of America’s young farming community.
Again over the summer, JCCC offered sports camps and learning, arts and career options classes for youth on campus; four “Light Up the Lawn” concerts on the lawn in front of the Nerman Museum, sponsored by the museum, the Performing Arts Series and Student Activities; and free vintage movie musicals in Yardley Hall. Throughout the year, JCCC hosted campus visit events for high school juniors and seniors and home school students as well as presentations for prospective adult students. In addition, the college also offered college planning events for parents.
JCCC offered a Free College Day again in April 2011, offering more than 220 classes on topics ranging from art to science, along with free music in the performance spaces.
Free College Day, held every other year, is JCCC’s way of showing off what it has to offer and saying thank you to the community for their support. The event had more than 2,700 registrations from 1,300 participants. In May, the fifth annual American Indian Health Research and Educational Alliance Pow Wow was held at JCCC, focusing on improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of American Indians. In June, a Japan Relief Event to help those affected by the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan featured entertainers from the local area and from Japan. The event was sponsored by the Heart of America Japan-America Society, the Japan Club of Greater Kansas City, and JCCC’s International Club.
Accountable to the community or fiscal year 2010-2011, the college’s management budget, representing the actual amount available to spend in a year, was $204,997,435. It was composed of the operating budget, totaling $140,456,180, and the budgets for all other funds such as capital outlay, auxiliary and restricted funds, totaling $64,541,255. The college’s operating budget was built on an anticipated 5 percent decrease in assessed valuation from the county, a 1 percent decrease in funding from the state, and a 5 percent increase in enrollment.
The mill levy assessed for the college for 2010-2011 remained nearly the same, at 8.799 mills. The average homeowner paid about $240 in annual assessment for the college.
Beginning in November 2011, budget administrators participated in a new process called “Prioritizing the Budget Strategically” (PBS) to prepare the budget for 2011-2012. The PBS process called for them to prioritize their programs so that resources would be allocated to areas that serve the college’s strategic priorities. The college’s strategic plan spells out what is important in terms of goals and initiatives – student success, culture and environment, community leadership
Current Operating 18%
Tuition 24% Other 7%
downturn without much change in programs or operations. However, by January 2011, it was clear that was no longer possible. The college needed to institute changes – some immediate, some for the next fiscal year – to reduce expenditures.
Ad Valorem Taxes 49%
Capital 4% Salaries and Benefits 78%
State Grant 15% Local Motor Vehicle Taxes 5% Cost-per-credit-hour for students increased by $6 for Kansas residents and $14 for students from outside the state in 2010-2011. Johnson County residents paid $75 a credit hour, Kansas residents $90 a credit hour and nonresidents $173 a credit hour for classes. There were no increases in operating expenses in 2010-2011 except in areas where increases could not be controlled, such as utilities and insurance. Capital expenses were based on need, and there was no increase in staffing. About 49 percent of JCCC’s operating funding came from county taxes; the rest came from student tuition, motor vehicle taxes and state aid.
The past few years have presented budget challenges unique in JCCC’s history. Until now the college has weathered the economic
and continuous quality improvement . “JCCC has the resources to do what we feel is most important. But we no longer have the resources to support every single endeavor that we have in the past,” said Terry Calaway, JCCC president. “Fiscal year 2011-2012 will be the third year in a row that we’ve faced reduced revenues from the state and the county. We’ve not raised the mill levy in several years, in respect to the financial challenges our taxpayers are facing. We have to make some hard decisions now to help us get through the next few fiscal years. Those decisions affect not only programming but – for the first time – people. For the first time, the college needs to reduce its workforce by laying off some employees.” College leadership developed a plan that would allow them to be good fiscal stewards
while still achieving the college’s strategic priorities. For 2011-2012, the college cut $6.2 million from the budget. Of that, $1.2 million was reallocated to its strategic priorities. Cuts were accomplished in this way: n The college froze hiring for vacant positions paid through the general fund. Teaching faculty positions that came open could be filled, but other positions that came open could not. The college’s executive leadership would discuss each opening, and those that are to be filled are posted internally and filled from within. n Several vacant administrative, executive and staff positions were eliminated from the staffing table and no longer exist at JCCC. n There was a reduction in force of 11 additional positions, and the college investigated outsourcing some services. n The college covered some of its debt repayment through a surplus in the campus development fund instead of the general fund. n The college cut $1.1 million in operational expenses from the general fund. “We want to connect the budget to our strategic priorities, so that we strongly support those programs that are most important to us – classroom teaching and student success – and start to phase out those that may not be the priorities they once were,” Calaway said.
Technology at JCCC In 2010, Johnson County Community College was again listed among the top rated community colleges for digital technology by the Center for Digital Education and Converge Magazine. JCCC was also in the top 10 in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine selected 19 community colleges as national leaders in using technology to provide exceptional services to students, educators and administrators. The survey examined community colleges’ use of technology to enhance the student experience and increase educator effectiveness, as well as the technological tools schools had in place to increase convenience and provide alternative learning options. Specifically, the survey noted schools’ use of online registration, distance learning, tutoring and advisory services, technology training for students and faculty, and Web 2.0 social and collaborative capabilities. This time a letter grade was established in each category for each college, which is a change from previous years. A Grade A college had overall comprehensive implementation of technology supporting the educational
institution’s operations as well as serving students, faculty and administrators. A Grade A college had met most survey benchmarks, including implementation of online administrative interface systems such as admissions processing, registration, course offerings and course management, secure access to grades and official transcripts, online lecture capture and alerting, among many others. In April 2010, the JCCC board of trustees approved a tuition increase to help fund the technology infrastructure at JCCC. In anticipation of the funds becoming available in 2010-2011, Denise Moore, vice president, information services/CIO, led an effort to implement a transparent process to report progress. As a result, an advisory council and a technical team were created, a network architect hired, and monthly reports provided to the board’s management committee. The committees prioritized a backlog of deficiencies that needed to be addressed. The result was a detailed plan that provides a roadmap of numerous phased implementations needed in order to build a network infrastructure capable of supporting next-generation campus communications and technologies at JCCC. Features and functionality the campus community can look forward to in 2011-2012 include a second Internet connection that provides the college with connectivity in case one path suffers a cut or disruption, improved network design and reliability, and wireless connectivity campus-wide. Meanwhile, the college is also working toward a phone system upgrade that will require a phased approach; completion is anticipated in 2013.
Yearly statistics A total of 10,187 students were enrolled in summer 2010 classes at JCCC. For fall 2010, 22,031 students were enrolled, while 19,931 students were enrolled in spring 2011. These were the highest totals for fall and spring that JCCC has ever recorded. In 2010-2011, 20 percent of local high school graduates attended JCCC. In 2010-2011, JCCC awarded 3,094 associate’s degrees or vocational certificates. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan) and student Emily Menez were the commencement speakers in May 2011. More than 330 students passed the General Educational Development exam to obtain their Kansas high school diploma. More than $50.7 million in federal, state and institutional student aid was distributed to students for college and living expenses in 20102011. This was a 38 percent increase in demand for aid to attend JCCC over the previous year.
In 2010-2011, more than 12,600 people took classes through the Center for Business and Technology. In addition, 763 groups (51,500 people) used the event spaces in the Regnier Center and the Nerman Museum. The Brown & Gold Club, sponsored by JCCC’s Student Life and Leadership Development division, serves the county’s senior citizens. More than 5,000 members enjoyed the club’s many educational and cultural opportunities. The club sponsored five free concerts and numerous other programs for the community at large, attended by more than 5,850 patrons. The club contributed $5,500 to help JCCC students and $4,000 to the college’s Performing Arts Series. In fall 2010, 54 percent of all JCCC students were female, 36 percent were full-time students, and 75 percent lived in Johnson County. The average age of JCCC students was 25.9.
JCCC’s mill levy in the lowest in the state for a community college. JCCC returns about $2.70 to the community for every tax dollar it collects, a return on investment of nearly 3 to 1, and has a total annual tangible economic impact on the county of about $182 million. In addition to the business volume it generates, JCCC also contributes a significant number of full-time jobs to the Johnson County economy. An estimated 6,734 full-time jobs may be attributed to the college through its direct and indirect economic activity. It’s estimated that JCCC’s partnership with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the city of Overland Park adds $50 million to the county’s economic base.
Surveys show Most students who completed career programs at Johnson County Community College in 2009-2010 are working and satisfied, according to a survey conducted by JCCC’s office of Institutional Research and published in April 2011. Surveys are administered by the college’s office of Institutional Research, which conducts follow-up studies each year of students who completed a JCCC career program during the previous academic year and of their employers. A total of 415 former students and 112 employers completed surveys. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents indicated they had completely achieved their educational objective at JCCC. Sixty-five percent indicated they were employed
full-time; 18 percent were employed part time. Forty-seven percent of respondents indicated that they had taken a state licensing exam or had earned an industry certificate since leaving JCCC; of those who had taken an exam, 99 percent reported that they had passed. Average hourly wages were most typically between $15 and $20. The students’ employers were also satisfied. Ninety-four percent of employers surveyed rated the overall job preparation of their employees who were educated at JCCC as very good or good in each of these areas: interpersonal skills, quality of work, attitude toward work, technical knowledge, conceptual knowledge and overall preparation. Results of these studies provide valuable insight into the effectiveness of the college’s career programs and assist administrators and faculty in planning to meet the needs of future students and of business and industry.
Center for Business and Technology n 2010-2011, the Center for Business and Technology was the professional development training choice for 113 area businesses and 12,618 individuals in Johnson County and the Greater Kansas City area. Lifelong learning programs included:
n Licensing and CEUs for professionals in health care, real estate, mediation, early childhood education, banking, payroll, human resources, and Lean and Six Sigma process improvement tools. n Customized projects that included competency development models, designing curriculum, instructional guides and assessment. n Customized training and development for
organizations, including solutions for leadership, management, finance, project management and coaching at various levels. n Public classes and contract training in computer applications and information technology. n Special events such as Administrative Professionals Day, National Higher Education Benchmarking Conference, monthly Lunch & Learns and executive speakers. n Assistance to local companies applying for Kansas Department of Commerce grants that will pay for workforce training for newly created jobs or jobs requiring new skills.
Health Information Systems (HITECH) In spring 2010, JCCC became part of a consortium of 17 Midwest community colleges to establish intensive, non-degree training programs that can be completed within six months in health information systems. Students are trained to support the adoption of electronic health records. In September 2010, JCCC began delivery of two of six programs under the HITECH umbrella. Both are a hybrid of classroom and online delivery. Since September, two cohorts have completed the training, for a total of 51 students. Four of these students changed positions within their company as a result of
the training, four have been placed in new jobs, and two were placed in internships. A third cohort of students began in May 2011 and were scheduled to complete their training in September 2011.
Health and Human Services The Health and Human Services continuing education division offered symposiums targeting health care providers, caregivers and patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, cancer, poverty and addiction, and children with disabilities. Keynote speakers at each event were nationally and locally recognized experts on how to manage and battle the devastating effects of these conditions and issues.
The division also introduced phlebotomy technician and ECG technician programs. The phlebotomy program encompassed lectures on campus followed by more than 100 hours of clinical time at Olathe Medical Center, where students worked with OMCâ€™s phlebotomy staff to successfully complete 100 live, unassisted, documented blood draws to qualify for the national certification exam. The ECG program included 40 hours of didactic and practical training followed by clinical rotations at OMC working one-on-one with ECG technicians in performing successful ECGs in a variety of hospital units.Â Beginning fall 2011, the programs will be offered on campus and at the new Olathe Health Education Center.
Kansas Small Business Development Center
from the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC). The U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kansas Department of Commerce and JCCC fund the KSBDC. The Kansas Small Business Development Center consulted with 511 existing or aspiring small business clients in 2010. These clients created 251 new jobs, obtained $6.3 million in financing and increased sales by $8.3 million.
In 2010-2011, the Community Services division served more than 13,700 community members through various programs including personal enrichment classes; the career services program, offering workshops, individual career counseling and weekly job clubs; services for older adults, such as Great Decisions and Current Issues forums; summer youth programs; and Friday Discoveries, a one-day class for youth offering topics in math, science, and arts and crafts; contract language services for area businesses needing translation services; and adult basic education. Motorcycle training sessions as well as drivers education are also offered.
More than 3,000 adults prepared for the GED exam, learned English or improved their academic skills through the five Johnson County Adult Education program centers. JCAE is sponsored jointly by the college and the Johnson County Library. A Kan-Go grant helped more than 200 students prepare for and enter into postsecondary education or obtain their work skills credentials. In addition, the Migrant Family Literacy Program provided preschool and literacy services for 90 families in the Olathe school district. The program provides basic life skills, employment counseling, parenting and after-school tutoring to children and adults in Olathe.
Small business owners received management consulting, technical assistance and training
JCCC KSBDC clients, The Next Step Inc. and Weather or Not Inc., were selected as Emerging and Existing Businesses of the Year, respectively. Each was recognized at the annual ceremony at the state capitol in Topeka. The JCCC KSBDC also trained 955 individuals on small-business-related topics.
The Performing Arts Series
Highlights of the 2010-2011 series were performances by Natalie Cole, who appeared in the 20th anniversary celebration, an evening that raised nearly $40,000 for the Performing Arts Series. The event was sponsored by AT&T, Capitol Federal,
Commerce Bank, Garmin, Marriott Hotels, PGAV Architects and Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Other popular performers were Michael Bolton and Martin Short as well as the Broadway hit, Spamalot. More than 23,000 tickets were sold to the 24 performances in the Performing Arts Series; another 56,000 people attended events presented by various college departments and community organizations. Local presenters and community groups present 42 percent of the events in the college’s performing spaces.
Performing Arts Education An important part of the Performing Arts Series program is Performing Arts Series Arts Education. It provides area students and teachers with low-cost or free services designed to help them explore their own creativity, glimpse the world of professional artists, and develop talents and critical thinking skills. The arts education program includes master classes, teacher workshops, residencies, curriculum development, lecture/demonstrations and performances. In 2010-2011, Arts Education served nearly 13,000 children and community members with 34 public performances, including six school shows. ▲
CCC’s Performing Arts Series celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010-2011. For 20 years, Johnson County Community College has offered one of the largest multidiscipline performing arts series in mid-America. In its 20th year, the Performing Arts Series broadened its programming strategy to attract a wider demographic. This change in artist selection led to increases of 20 percent in season ticket sales and 46 percent in ticket sales to individual performances.
This year, 8,900 students attended outreach activities by visiting artists.
▲ Martin Short and Terry Calaway
On the JCCC campus, visiting artists connected with numerous campus organizations and departments, including student leadership; the animation, music, fashion merchandising and design, and graphic design programs; the Kansas Studies Institute; Community Services; the Hiersteiner Child Development Center; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Partnerships continued with educational and community organizations, such as the Heartland Music Academy, Starlight Theatre Academy, Leawood Arts Council, Paola Community Center, Kansas Department of Education and the Kennedy Center.
In April 2011, the Arts Education program hosted a symposium titled Developing a Vision for Arts Education. The goal was to assist educators in developing strategies that will protect and enhance arts education programs in their districts, while examining arts education values, concerns and trends. The keynote speaker was Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Mass.), who has introduced groundbreaking legislation that made Massachusetts the first state in the country to call for the formation of a creativity index in public schools statewide. The symposium was the culmination of a yearlong project to assess arts education in area schools. Nine school districts from Johnson County, Kansas City, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Leavenworth, Kan., participated. The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Kansas Department of Education, the Kansas Arts Commission and JCCC’s Office of Institutional Research assisted
▲ Sen. Stan Rosenberg
with the development of a survey that was used to frame the symposium’s discussion. PAS Arts Education also extended its yearlong offerings to the summer with theater for youth and the Summer Institute for the Arts, which featured the return of the nine-day Heartland Chamber Music Festival and three mini-camps with community partners Heartland Chamber Music Academy and Starlight Theatre Academy.
Academic performances JCCC’s music department offers students the opportunity to compose, study and perform music as part of a choral group or concert or jazz band. JCCC’s student musical ensembles – Chamber Choir, MadRegalia, Concert Band, the Midnight Express Jazz Ensemble and the JCCC Jazz Nights – perform concerts throughout the year.
JCCC’s academic theatre department offered these productions in 2010-2011: a dark comedy called A Devil Inside; a children’s play, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, based on a folktale from Zimbabwe; Godspell, a musical about a group of outcasts who through the inspiration of the Gospels are eventually transformed into a community of individuals aspiring to help create a better world; the female version of The Odd Couple, Neil Simon’s play about mismatched friends; and Richard III, Shakespeare’s history play about the English king’s ruthless pursuit of the throne. In addition, each semester the college presents the Ruel Joyce Recital Series (named for the longtime jazz bassist who headed the local musicians federation from 1977 until his death in 1989) and a Jazz Series. The concerts, featuring local classical and jazz artists, are cosponsored by the JCCC humanities and
music departments, Community Services and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts. A new CD, Live from JCCC’s Yardley Hall, features the late Kansas City jazz pianist and band leader Pete Eye. The CD was recorded at Eye’s final major concert the year before, which was part of the JCCC Jazz Series. (Eye died in April 2010.) The CD may be purchased for $15; proceeds support the recital series. In January 2011, JCCC banished the winter blues with a four-day jazz festival – Jazz Winterlude: Kansas City Style. Audiences enjoyed performances and a Sunday brunch listening to local jazz musicians and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble play a range of styles, from Dixieland to swing, bebop to big band. School bands attended clinics to learn from the professionals.
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art ore than 71,200 individuals visited the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010-2011. The museum at JCCC is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region and the only contemporary art museum in Kansas.
sculptures made from discarded materials found in urban neighborhoods, Ward creates works that often comment on issues related to consumer culture, poverty, race and, most recently, support for those with physical and mental illness.
Since 1980, JCCC has been collecting contemporary art from around the world, each year adding new pieces to the collection. Today, the works of more than 1,000 regional, national and international artists are represented in JCCC’s renowned collection, which features a diverse range of painting,
Ecstatic Structure * Bart Exposito, Warren Isensee, Stanley Whitney opened in September 2010 in the museum’s first-floor galleries. The exhibition focused on three contemporary painters and two fundamental aspects of abstract painting – color and structure. As the author Bob Nickas has written,
photography, clay, sculpture and works on paper. Much of the college’s collection is installed in “collection focus” areas in the corridors, dining halls and other highly visible and accessible locations around campus, sparking a spontaneous engagement with art for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
“… color can become a building block – color as structure – and … can be seen as something beyond composition, as intrinsic to the content of a picture, or even as its central subject.”
Exhibitions Exhibitions at the museum in 2010-2011 focused on a variety of content and media. The year began with Nari Ward * Re-Presence in the museum’s first-floor galleries. This was artist Ward’s first one-person museum exhibition in the United States; his work has been included in the 2008 Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial, 2006 Whitney Biennial in New York and Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany, in 2003. Known for dramatic
Museum Interrupted * Rachel Hayes, Anne Lindberg, Miles Neidinger opened in October 2010. In celebration of the Kansas City Art Institute’s 125th anniversary, three Kansas City-based artists were each invited to create site-specific installations within three of the Nerman Museum’s second-floor galleries. Both Hayes (fiber, 1999) and Neidinger (sculpture, 2000) received BFA degrees from KCAI, while Lindberg was an assistant professor (1990-1999) in the Institute’s foundations department. Each artist responded to the architecture and space of a particular gallery, and each installation dramatically transformed that space.
In November, Reanimate * Steve Gorman, an exhibition of contemporary works in clay, opened in the Oppenheimer New Media Gallery of the museum. Gorman, a Kansas Citybased clay artist, uses white earthenware and ceramic stain to sculpt works that reference plant life, animal and human forms, and even elements of fashion. Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010 opened in February 2011 in the first-floor galleries of the museum. The photography exhibition explored how contemporary media artists have depicted wealth during the last 10 years, upending the usual attention paid to images of poverty in publications and museums and instead analyzing the cultural impact of wealth. The exhibition was not a glorification of affluence and consumerism, but rather an examination of the transformative effects of prosperity.
The collection Since July 2010, the Nerman Museum added 84 works of contemporary art to the permanent collection. Recent acquisitions include ceramics, paintings, works on paper, glass, textiles, sculpture and photography. Ten donors gifted 29 works to the museum/college. The donors were the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Jack Blanton, Rita Blitt Foundation, Bruce Hartman, Jedel Family Trust, Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation, Larry and Pam Thomas, Dean E. Thompson, Gerry Trilling and the Walker Art Committee. Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation helped acquire 13 new pieces for the museum’s permanent collection. The remaining 55 works were acquired through the JCCC Foundation and college auxiliary funds. Several works from the permanent
▲ Marti and Tony Oppenheimer In June, Leo Villareal opened in the museum’s first-floor galleries. This was the first-ever museum survey of the work of the prominent sculptor Leo Villareal, a pioneer in the use of LEDs and computer-driven imagery. The exhibition traced the artist’s work during the past decade, from his earliest experimental sequencing of strobe lights to his recent hypnotic patterning of thousands of pinpoint LEDs. In 2006, JCCC commissioned a major, site-specific installation by Villareal for the cantilever of the museum’s entrance. In addition, Jessica Stockholder, professor and director of graduate studies in sculpture, Yale School of Art, was the speaker for the third annual Jerome Nerman Lecture Series in November 2010 at the museum. Stockholder is internationally renowned for her site-specific, multimedia installations.
collection were loaned to major museums and institutions in the United States and abroad. n Dana Schutz’s painting Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009, was loaned to a solo traveling exhibition titled Dana Schutz in Rovereto, Italy, for an exhibition at Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto Oct. 23, 2010 to Sept 1, 2011. The painting is also in an upcoming traveling solo exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, titled Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, September to December 2011. It will travel to the Miami Art Museum, January to March 2012. n Beard Gods II, 2007, a painting by Leidy Churchman, was loaned to the Greater New York exhibition at P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center from May 10 to Nov. 2, 2010.
n Dean Mitchell’s work on paper titled French Quarter Blues, 2007, was on view in a solo exhibition titled Dean Mitchell: Space, People and Places at the Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio, from Nov. 26, 2010 to March 6, 2011. n Asad Faulwell’s painting, Mujahidat #11, 2010, was loaned to the Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, Feb. 26 to April 2, 2011, for a solo exhibition titled Les Femmes D’Alger. n Roger Shimomura’s painting American Infamy, 2006, is currently on view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisc., for a group exhibition titled Hiding Places: Memory in Art, May 8, 2011 to March 31, 2012.
Art education In 2010-2011, the museum offered educational programs for students, children, educators and visitors of all ages. Museum public programs (lectures, presentations, workshops, films, etc.) reached more than 3,690 individuals in the community. The museum’s free art appreciation tours brought more than 2,850 adults from the community through exhibitions and installations in 2010-2011. Docents and staff led more than 180 tours for the community (including more than 2,660 school children). In 2010-2011, 52 individuals from the community volunteered more than 1,870 hours, assisting with visitor services, events and educational programs. Most of the guided tours were led by dedicated volunteer docents. In addition to its popular Contemporary Creations classes for children ages 8 to 11 conducted in the summer and on Saturdays throughout the academic year, the museum offers a series of early exploration classes for children 5 to 7. During each session, students explored and discussed selected works of art, developing critical thinking skills and expanding cultural awareness, and then created original works of art in the museum’s studio classroom. More than 680 students participated in 90 class sessions through both programs. A series of Friday gallery talks called Noon at the Nerman provided students, faculty and staff an open opportunity to examine works of art on view in the museum and the college campus. Each week a member of JCCC’s faculty or staff spoke briefly about a different work of art. With 24 presentations for a total of 375 individuals, the series is a popular addition to the museum’s regular programming. Dr. Allison Smith, associate professor/chair, art history, coordinated the speakers.
Third Thursday * Visiting Artists’ Presentation In collaboration with the JCCC academic fine art and art history departments, the museum again offered a series of Third Thursday Visiting Artists presentations in 2010-2011. Each of the free programs featured two Kansas City-based artists paired with JCCC faculty moderators. The programs were made possible in part by an Ovation Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. The presentation in September featured artist and commercial photographer Mike Sinclair and painter Peregrine Honig. Moderators were Mary Wessel, adjunct associate professor, photography, and Dr. Allison Smith, associate professor/ chair, art history. In October, guests were video artists Ari Fish and painter Grant Miller. Moderators were Britt Benjamin, assistant professor, fashion merchandising and design, and Larry Thomas, professor/chair, fine arts. Ceramicist Cary Esser and artist and musician Michael Schonhoff were the guest artists in November. Moderators were Laura-Harris Gascogne and Mark Cowardin, associate professors, fine arts. Fashion designer Peggy Noland and clay artist George Timock presented in February. Moderators were Joan McCrillisLafferty, professor/chair, fashion merchandising and design, and Harris Gascogne. In March, Kati Toivanen, who works in photography, digital media, sculpture and installations, and Susan White, who works primarily in pyrographs (burn drawings), thorn works and video installions, were the guest artists. Moderators were Thomas and Cowardin. In April, guest artists were ceramicist Steve Gorman and sculptor May Tveit. Moderators were Amy Kephart, adjunct associate professor, fine arts, and Thomas.
The Johnson County Community College Foundation hrough its fund-raising efforts, the JCCC Foundation supports student scholarships, academic programs and the visual and performing arts at the college. As of June 30, 2011, the Foundation’s endowment was $17,334,653, and its total assets were $25,797,675. Sandy Price, executive vice president, human resources, Sprint, served as the 2010-2011 Foundation president.
In September, Katherine Allen became the new executive director of institutional advancement, responsible for the Foundation, alumni and community relations, and resource
▲ Bodker Criminal Justice Scholarship
Program support Major gifts in 2010-2011 helped JCCC broadcast journalism students produce public media for KCPT television, created awards for JCCC faculty pursuing advanced nursing degrees and medical simulation training, and allowed academic theater students to compete in regional festivals.
Some Enchanted Evening In 2010, Some Enchanted Evening, the Foundation’s black-tie gala, generated more
and funding development for scholarships, academic programs, capital projects, the Performing Arts Series, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. She came to JCCC after serving as the executive director of the Blue Valley Educational Foundation for five years. She replaced Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich, who became JCCC’s executive vice president, finances and administrative services.
than $300,000 for its scholarship program. David Wysong was honored as the Johnson Countian of the Year for his support of education and community endeavors. Cal and Lesa Kleinmann served as co-chairs for the evening. Over the past 24 years, Some Enchanted Evening has raised more than $4 million for the Foundation’s scholarship program.
More than $875,000 in Foundation scholarships helped 794 students with tuition, books and program needs in 2010-2011.
In 2010-2011, members of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art contributed $28,228 in support of the museum exhibitions and educational offerings.
In spring 2011, Harvey S. Bodker, president, Bodker Realty Inc., established the Bodker Criminal Justice Scholarship honoring John M. Douglass, chief of police, City of Overland Park, for students enrolled in
JCCC’s administration of justice program.
The Performing Arts Series
The Friends of the Performing Arts Series at JCCC, business partnerships, and grants and gifts from corporations and foundations contributed more than $141,000 to support the performing arts in 2010-2011.
The President’s Scholarship Fund recognizes outstanding academic achievement by Johnson County high school graduates. As of June 30, 2011, $23,595 has been raised for the initiative.
Dollars for Scholars In April 2011, the Dollars for Scholars auction earned a little more than $33,000 in net profits. More than 200 volunteers, including students, friends, alumni, faculty and staff, helped raise funds to support scholarships and programs. BNSF Railway and Garmin were major sponsors.
More than 270 faculty and staff members supported a wide variety of programs and scholarships every month through the Foundation’s employee giving program.
▲ Dollars for Scholars
Planned giving Under the leadership of John C. Davis and the Planned Giving Committee, the group continued its collaboration with the Johnson County Bar Association to present “Ethics for Good,” a continuing legal education program attended by area attorneys.
Polsky Practical Personal Enrichment Series This series of educational presentations is underwritten by the Norman and Elaine Polsky Family Supporting Foundation within the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation with Johnson County Community College. The series includes a number of topics that are not being offered in a formal academic setting, such as personal investing, insurance, banking, health, politics and education.
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