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Weekly Update – April 4, 2010

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Good morning –

I hope you all had a wonderful three-day weekend.  Even if you don’t celebrate the Easter holiday, I hope the beautiful weather on Saturday got you out of the house and enjoying the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – September 13, 2009

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For only being a four day work week, it sure was jam packed. The best parts of the week were the groundbreaking celebrations of the child care centers on North and Central campuses. The highlight of these ceremonies was the three and four year olds that joined us with shovels and hard hats. The construction time on these facilities is around nine to ten months so by this time next year we will be moving into our first new buildings since the 1999 bond program construction.

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Weekly Update – August 30, 2009

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Good Afternoon!

Okay, I have been saying it for months but now I know it is close.  The summer heat is almost over  — with September just around the corner I am hopeful that we will get a reprieve any day now!!  

I want to begin with a big “thank you” to each of you.  I have seen the preliminary enrollment numbers, and each campus will see increases in the double digits (preliminary enrollment reports will be distributed to all employees on Monday).  We suspected this would occur because generally the enrollment at community colleges has an inverse relationship with the economy (i.e. in a difficult economy, community college enrollment increases).  Thank you for responding to our students’ needs and putting together the extra faculty, classes, and services to get these students advised, prepared, and enrolled. Also a special thanks to the facilities and grounds personnel who are responding with a temporary parking lot at South Campus in order to handle the 300+ cars that are parking on the grass.  Responding to these type of increases is no easy endeavor, and at times, it can be frustrating for all parties involved.  Now, while the first enrollment steps are complete, the real work for all of us begins — how to help our students meet their educational goals.  Remember it will take each of us as we actualize our goal of “Just One More.”

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Weekly Update – August 23, 2009

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We kick off the new semester tomorrow, but many of you know that better than I do, with all of your class preparation time and your efforts in advising, assisting, and enrolling students. Thank you for your dedication and extra efforts and time!  While the newness of this semester will continue throughout this next week, let’s not forget that our focus and attention on students must continue through the entire semester. We each have a role in retaining our students and assisting them in pursuing their educational goals.  Remember “Just One More” will make a difference! 

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Weekly Update – August 16, 2009

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We are about a week away from the start of the fall semester, and I know many of you are very busy getting students registered and ready for the start of classes.  For those faculty members who were not teaching this summer…welcome back! And for all of our new employees…welcome aboard!

COMPTROLLER COMBS VISITS

This week we had the privilege of welcoming State Comptroller Susan Combs and several of her staff members to the College. The Comptroller is a strong supporter of community colleges and has initiated a program called “Texas Works: Training and Education for all Texans.” She has also authorized millions of dollars to fund equipment, scholarships, and other start-up costs for new programs.  At the meeting on Central Campus, each campus was represented by its technical dean, and we had an opportunity to provide information about several programs centered on workforce demand and technical training.  In turn, Ms. Combs and her staff provided insight on the types of projects that may qualify for funding and the criteria that would make one project more attractive over another.  She stressed demographics, return on investment, and collaborative partnerships. It was a great visit, and a special thank you to Steve Horton and his office for all of their work to ensure that the visit was successful.

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