Monthly Archives: June 2011

Night Falls on JCCC Knight Watch

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JCCC’s Evening Students Continue to Lose Support

JCCC WEA

I was disappointed to learn that JCCC plans to end its Knight Watch or WEA (Weekend/Evening Administrator) position. As someone who has worked at JCCC in the evening and who has also taken evening classes (not at the same time), I can tell you this change will adversely affect students.

Here’s the information as posted today on the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist:

Knight Watch program as it currently exists ends June 30

The services provided by the Knight Watch program will end on June 30 in the format you have experienced it the last two years.

There is a possibility, however, that the services Knight Watch has offered may be available in a somewhat different format or venue beginning in the fall.

As soon as additional information is available, the college community will be advised of the results of current efforts to provide some alternative evening and weekend assistance to students, faculty, staff and visitors.

OK so let me be blunt, this talk about this program possibly coming back, well, that’s what they said when they closed the Student Health Center in 2009 — and JCCC has been without one ever since.

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JCCC Charges into Sustainability

Campus chosen as site for two electric vehicle charging stations

JCCC will be 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.

KCP&L made the announcement at a press conference this morning. Continue reading

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JCCC Summer Enrollment Dips (again)

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JCCC enrollment for the summer semester fell again this year (4.8 percent). That may seem significant but it’s actually less than 500 from last year and less than 700 from the previous year.

However, one has to wonder if the ending the practice of late enrollment has affected this decline or if other factors like slight tuition increases have played a part. Perhaps the numbers are just balancing out after JCCC’s record-breaking summer enrollment in 2009.

Read JCCC’s statements for summer enrollment in 2011 and in 2010:

June 23, 2011

JCCC’s summer enrollment takes a dip

A total of 9,361 students are enrolled in summer classes at Johnson County Community College, down 4.8 percent from the 9,836 students enrolled last summer.

The number of credit hours in which students are enrolled is 41,333, a 3.6 percent decrease from last summer’s total of 42,894.

Summer classes at JCCC began June 6.

June 21, 2010

Summer enrollment dips from last year

A total of 9,836 students are enrolled in summer classes at Johnson County Community College, down 1.9 percent from the 10,029 students enrolled last summer.

The number of credit hours in which students are enrolled is 42,894, a 2.3 percent decrease from last summer’s total of 43,911.

Last year’s enrollment figures were the highest the college had ever seen. In summer 2008, 9,141 students were enrolled in 39,710 hours.

“This is the first summer we have not had late registration, where students could enroll in a class that had already started,” said Terry A. Calaway, JCCC president. “Students have a better rate of success when they are in class from the beginning, instead of coming in several days late. This is especially true when you consider the quick pace of summer courses. We know the change has affected our enrollment, but we thought it was an important quality service step toward helping our students succeed in class.”

Summer classes at JCCC began June 7.

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JCCC Board of Trustees Video – June

Trustee Meeting Summary as posted on the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist:

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JCCC Brand: Tired, Dusty

Last week, on of my posts about JCCC’s rebranding process featured an email thread between Julie Haas, associate vice president of Marketing Communications, and an employee.

In one those emails, Haas attached a document saying she hoped it would give the employee more clarification on the rebranding.

Unfortunately one of the characteristics of the college’s electronic mail server, Infolist, is that it strips attachments from emails.

Haas has supplied the email attachment, “rebranding — trustee retreat handout”

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Gift of the Fields

Writers Workshop for Migrant Youth

I’m always proud and humbled to participate in the Latino Writers Collective’s writers workshops for migrant youth. It’s one of the events I look forward to each summer.

In those workshops migrant youth find their long-silenced voices and speak of hidden truths. For many, it’s the first time they’ve ever spoken aloud about being from migrant families.

Just when their stories of pain, injustice and heartache are about to overpower and drown our souls, the hope these incredible students have for the future lifts us all to a place of beauty.

Anyone who has worked the fields knows that it … it takes. It takes everything you have and everything you are. It takes time away from your family. It takes time away from your school. It takes your childhood by making you become an adult sooner than you should. It takes your friends. It even takes the lives of people you love.  That’s a hard reality to accept as we witness these young people stand and share their stories.

But then, something extraordinary happens, it’s the moment I wait all year to experience.

Those magnificent students remind me that while the fields take so much from us, they also offer gifts. The gift of a bond that unites us all as migrants. The gift to see truth with young but experienced eyes. The gift to sense danger and to protect our families long before others could discern the threat. The gift of silent introspection that comes from physical labor. The gift to strive for a better life for our families and for ourselves. The gift to know that no matter how high we rise or how low we fall, we are of the fields … and we take care of our own.

When I was young, I hated summer because it meant going to work in the fields. Now, all these years later, I can’t wait for summer because it means I can spend another day with my migrant brothers and sisters.

And that is another gift of the fields.

Thanks to the writers and poets who donated copies of their books, many of them autographed, so that we could give the students a small gift for sharing their stories. You work will serve as a reminder of the session and will continue to inspire them as you do us. Thanks, again.

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JCCC Employee Questions Rebranding

rebrandingRemember a few months back when JCCC announced a rebranding? Remember in the JCCC Trustee election that some candidates wanted to know why JCCC students couldn’t take on that task? Well, Julie Haas, associate vice president of Marketing Communications, gives a little insight to a campus employee about the rebranding process.

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