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College President's Annual Report 2012-13

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College President’s Message

By Dr. Greg Smith

Central Community College continued to make excellent progress toward one of its major initiatives in 2012-13 by awarding degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,405 graduates, compared to 1,250 graduates in 2011-12.

The number of CCC graduates has increased by 20 percent since 2010-11 when we signed the Call to Action issued by the American Associate of Community College Trustees in response to President Obama’s challenge to produce 50 percent more graduates by 2020. When considering the gains we have made over the past two years, I am confident the college will be able to reach this goal. 

One step we took in 2012-13 to help students achieve their educational goals was adding more sections in academic skills courses. These courses are provided to help incoming students who want to raise their scores on pre-enrollment assessments and reduce or eliminate the amount of time spent in developmental courses. A complete story on this project is included in the Teaching and Learning section of this annual report, along with a story about CCC leading a consortium of Nebraska community college to develop manufacturing specialist degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Veterans Resource Centers on our Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings campuses also are playing a role in improving the completion rate for CCC students. Since the centers were opened in 2010-11, course completion rates for veteran students have increased by 18 percent and retention rates have increased by 14 percent. In 2012-13, CCC was ranked second in the nation as the “Best Bet for Vets” by Military Times. The full story about our Veterans Resource Centers is included in the College Honors section.

Central Community College remains committed to making higher education accessible, as the College Board of Governors demonstrated when voting unanimously to not increase tuition for 2013-14.

We advanced on several fronts in our sustainability efforts, including launching a branding campaign, purchasing hybrid vehicles and sponsoring a series of presentations on sustainability.

CCC experienced significant changes in leadership during 2012-13. Details are included in the Board of Governors and Leadership sections of this report.

Building additions and remodeling projects completed during 2012-13 continue our quest to provide a comfortable, safe and modern learning environment for our students. You can see details in the Facilities section.

Budget and enrollment information is included in the Reports section.

Credit for another successful year at Central Community College goes to many people: the college Board of Governors, our faculty and staff and the constituents we serve within our 25-county service area. We appreciate your continued support and encourage you to read the 2012-13 College President's Annual Report to see why CCC remains a good investment for central Nebraska.

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Written by Jim Strayer   
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 21:52