Time Capsule Opened

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Board Chair Patty Van Ryzin (seated) and I watched Sharron Huss (front) retrieve items from the 1989 time capsule.  

At this week’s Board of Trustees meeting we had an unusual agenda item – the opening of a 30-year-old time capsule designated by the Board of 1989 to be opened in the year 2020.  This time capsule was prepared as part of some remodeling on campus that was completed in 1989.  Sharron Huss, former trustee from that time and someone who participated in the capsule’s placement,  attended our meeting and enjoyed the honor of opening the capsule to share its contents with those present. It was great to see some of the artifacts from that time including several community newspapers, course catalogs, handprints from children in the Parent/Child Center, a number of photos and more.  A group of our younger student leaders also attended and were very interested in the contents of the time capsule that was created before they were born.

Happy Holidays as We Close Out Another Decade

As 2019 comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, my readers, for taking the time to read these posts over the years.  I contributed my first blog post in 2010 and this is post number 175! I appreciate your interest and am grateful for the opportunity to share some perspectives with you.

With all the issues and turmoil in our country and in the world right now, this holiday season please find some small way to make a positive impact on others, show compassion, or give back to your community in some way. Little acts of kindness can really make a difference – we can each make a difference. Happy holidays and all the best in 2020!

Exploring Career Opportunities

The college held its annual open house on October 2, and once again the event welcomed nearly 3,000 visitors at all of our campus locations in the area.  I always look forward to this fall event to witness the connections our faculty and staff make with prospective students and their families to not only build promising futures, but also lifelong relationships.

The energy at this year’s open house was electric. Our strong economy has ushered in a great opportunity for both career starters and career changers to find a rewarding career path, while we continue to work toward addressing the critical workforce needs of our region’s employers.   

Technical skills and technical careers are clearly the focus of this growing economy and it was terrific to see so many people exploring these tremendous career opportunities.    

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Visitors to our annual open house always create an electric atmosphere.