Monthly Archives: October 2010

Top Digital College Four-pete for JCCC

Note: The day of this announcement, JCCC’s online registration system crashed as it was also the first day of open enrollment for spring 2011.

Posted to the Johnson County Community College  electronic mail server, Infolist:

JCCC is again ranked among top digital community colleges

JCCC is again listed among the top rated community colleges for digital technology by the Center for Digital Education and Converge Magazine. JCCC was also top-ranked in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

“The work that our Information Services branch does here at the college never ceases to impress me,” said Dana Grove, executive vice president, educational planning and development/chief operating officer at JCCC. “Not only do the IS staff members possess extraordinary skills, the culture of customer service that they have developed over time truly distinguishes them nationally, and this award demonstrates once again how outstanding they are.”

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 (see the list below).

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 year 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.

“Community colleges are a vital component of preparing our nation’s future workforce for success. As enrollment at these institutions explodes, the top-rated schools are providing a blueprint for ensuring students are receiving the best education possible with their exemplary use of technology,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center for Digital Education. “We commend these schools for their hard work and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition.”

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE supports the Converge media platform composed of the Converge Special Reports and Converge Online. Survey underwriters were Hyland Software and Techsmith.

For more information on the Center visit The center is a division of e.Republic, Inc., a national publishing, event and research company focused on information technology in the public sector. For more information on e.Republic, visit For more information on the Digital Community Colleges Survey, please contact Patti Cota at 916-932-1300.


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Dress says ‘I Do’ support scholarships

Wedding Dresses Help Fund Scholarships

In 2005, the JCCC Foundation held Captivating Bridal Images, two wedding fashion events that included the Paula Varsalona Heart of America Wedding Dress Sale.

The events raised money for scholarships awarded by the Foundation and The Fashion Group International.

Varsalona, a New York wedding dress designer from Kansas City, Mo., donated the gowns to the college.

More than 200 of them — in a variety of designs — remain available for purchase.

All proceeds from sales, with the exception of sales tax, go to scholarships.

The collection dates from 1978 to the mid-1980s, and the vintage dresses have never been worn except on the fashion runway.

Call the Foundation office for more information or to make a purchase at 913-469-3835. For more information about the dresses themselves, call Joan McCrillis, a Fashion Merchandising and Design professor, at 913-469-8500, ext. 3357

Buy Wedding Dresses; Help Fund Scholarships.

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