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JCCC Board of Trustees Candidate Forum

Could we maybe get this information with more than 24 hrs notice?

Posted March 9 to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail sever, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2015 2:28 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] An invitation to the board of trustees candidate forum

An invitation to the board of trustees candidate forum
You are invited to attend a forum of candidates currently running for the Johnson County Community College board of trustees.
The forum will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 10) at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, 9001 West 110th Street, Overland Park, Kansas.
The event is hosted by the Johnson County Public Policy Council. Candidates invited to participate include:

– Larry Fotovich
– Nancy Ingram
– Patricia Lightner
– David Lindstrom
– Greg Musil
– Mark Read

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To register, click here.
For more information, contact Celia Fritz-Watson at or 913-491-3600.


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JCCC to Host Memorial Service for Krebs

Krebs 1974

Virgina Krebs 1974 staff photo, Johnson County Community College
Photography Department; Bret Gustafson, photographer

Virginia Krebs, JCCC’s first employee and first trustee emeritus, died Feb. 8, 2014.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Polsky Theatre.

“Mrs. Krebs dedicated her life to the education of children and adults throughout Johnson County,” said Joe Sopcich, JCCC president. “She truly was a leader in making JCCC one of the best community colleges in the United States. Our community is forever indebted to her and her family for all they’ve done to improve the quality of life in this county.”

Krebs was a member of the JCCC board of trustees from 1985 to 2008. She was elected to the board for six consecutive terms, the last in April 2005. When she resigned from the board in October 2008, she was named the college’s first trustee emeritus. As a college trustee, she served as clerk, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman.

A complete obituary may be found here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the JCCC Foundation.

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Closures, Consolidations, Changes Coming to JCCC

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

From: InfoList
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 9:41 AM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] A message from Joe Sopcich

January 24, 2014

As you well know, for the past few months we have been engaged in a thorough review of college programs and budgets. Since we launched these program review initiatives, the general response has been positive and constructive. While there were those who expressed their reservations, in various formats, I was encouraged over the months by the direct feedback I received as to how this type of initiative was necessary and overdue. In fact, it has been inspiring to see how people have rallied and tried to do the best job possible in a very short time frame. I can’t thank you enough for your efforts.

As part of the process during the fall semester, a Budget Review Team (BRT), representing all areas of the college, was formed to provide input. The BRT was something new for JCCC and was launched quickly and with little fanfare. I’ll be the first to say that we have much room for improvement in the future; nevertheless, we gave it our best shot and will continue to enhance the process. The thoughts the team shared reveal some themes that we need to consider. You can see that list here.

Editor’s Note: The document is password protected. It is document, “Input from the Budget Discussion Team,” which can be found here.

Originally, our goal was to cut at least $3 million in salaries and benefits from the college’s budget next year. However, as we gave our five-year budget projections another look, we felt our original projections were too optimistic. For example, revenues this year will be down as a result of the decline in enrollment, and we are no longer assured that we will be able to see an increase in state aid next year. Our projections calling for annual increases in enrollment and state aid were overly optimistic and unrealistic. Therefore, to keep the college sustainable for the future, it is in our best interest to eliminate a little more than $3 million this year and continue to review our programs and processes each year to make sure we are functioning as efficiently as possible.

Budget Actions
The budget actions to be taken for the upcoming fiscal year are outlined in three levels:

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Feedback Request on JCCC Presidential Candidates

Sent to my email April 25:

From: Judy Korb
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:01 AM
To: Miguel Morales
Subject: JCCC Presidential Candidates – Request for Feedback

Dear Colleagues,

We have entered the last and most important phase of our search for Johnson County Community College’s next President.

A critical part of this process is receiving input from you about each of the candidates. To that end, below is a link to an on-line survey requesting your feedback on each of the presidential candidates who interviewed on campus over the last few weeks.

If you were unable to attend the live sessions, videos of each candidate’s staff, and faculty forums are available at:  If prompted to log in to view the videos, log in using your full JCCC email address and OWA password.  Additionally, transcripts of the candidate’s forums are available by contacting Vince Miller at 913-469-8500 x 4711 or

Your feedback is critically important to this process. I hope you will take the time to provide your feedback by following the link below:

Presidential Candidate Feedback Survey –

The videos and link to provide feedback will remain open through April 28th.

Thank you,

Judy Korb

Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Johnson County Community College

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JCCC Japan Relief Event – June 18

JCCC Japan Relief

Japanese pop singer Aya Uchida

A Japan Relief Event to help those affected by the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in Yardley Hall of the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. Entertainers are from the local area and Japan. Cost is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Tickets are available at the door.

The Japan Relief Event is sponsored by the Heart of America Japan-America Society, the Japan Club of Greater Kansas City and the JCCC International Club.

Performers include:

  • Japanese pop singer Aya Uchida, who will come from Japan for this concert
  • Buyo dancer Yoshiko Yamanaka
  • The Kansas City Symphony String Ensemble —Tamamo Someya Gibbs, Mark Gibbs, Tomoko Iguchi and Eri Kosaka
  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City jazz band Ensemble, directed by saxophonist Bobby Watson, which performed in Kurashiki, Japan, a sister city of Kansas City, Mo., in October 2010
  • Ki-Daiko/Three Trails Taiko — a combination of high school and adult taiko groups, both from Olathe

For more information, contact the JCCC international education office at 913-469-3496.

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JCCC Shifts Campus Services

JCCC Campus

JCCC released a statement today about shifting its copy center to another site on campus.

This follows the April 11 communiqué about JCCC’s budget cuts for FY2011-2012 that hinted at a changes ahead for the copy center.

On April 14, posts appeared on the JCCC electronic mail servers, JCCClist (general discussion list) and JCCFA (Faculty Association list), opposing the copy center’s move from the Billington Library (LIB) to the Campus Services Building (CSB).

“This could put [staff/faculty] in the position of having to use the less efficient, more expensive department or area copiers – surely an unintended consequence,” one instructor wrote.

Another expressed concern for adjunct instructors who cannot make it to campus before the CSB closes at 5pm.

“Clearly yet another example of decisions being made without asking what is needed from the people who utilize the service,” another instructor wrote. ” Shades of yet more to come…”

JCCC has scheduled information sessions for employees about the budget cuts.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 5, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Read the Infolist announcement about the copy center:

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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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