Northeast ready for another amazing year

September 25, 2018

Twice a year I have the privilege to speak to the faculty and staff at Northeast Community College during the fall and spring in-service sessions. These gatherings not only allow me an opportunity to provide updates on initiatives that are presently underway or about to begin at the college, but it is also a time to celebrate our success.

“Success” is an important word at Northeast. While we have used the slogan “Success Starts Here” over the years, student success serves as the top goal of the college. It is our promise to our students that everyone employed at Northeast is there to ensure they are triumphant in their educational journey.

As one of the top 10 community colleges in the United States as designated by the Aspen Institute, Northeast has begun its 45th year of service to our 20-county region. Your college continues to forge ahead on multiple fronts and is positioned to keep the momentum moving onward.

Our work is based primarily on the board of governors-approved Vision 2020, a five-year strategic plan, now entering its fourth year. Staff and faculty have developed a number of action plans that correspond with the goals and objectives found in the plan — increase student success, increase student access, provide a globally competitive workforce and develop and maximize resources.

Strategically positioned to be one of the best institutions in the country, Vision 2020 was designed and continues to be delivered to strategically position Northeast to achieve its mission of student and regional success. Recently, the board of governors was presented with the Vision 2020 and Operational Action Plan Annual Report for the past academic year, and I am pleased to say that Northeast has experienced significant success in the completion of action plans.

I also hear from you, our constituents, that you are pleased with the direction we are moving. People continually tell me how amazed they are by “their” community college and want to learn more about all of the great things going on here.

For example, at a recent town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a gentleman came up to me and told me how impressed he is with our work. This summer, the letters to the editor section in the Daily News featured a note from a gentleman whose wife graduated from Northeast in the late 1970s. He wrote: “It all started with the community college system. Northeast is an affordable launching point and all destinations are possible. The stars are the limit. Dream great dreams, but don’t be afraid to start your journey at Northeast. It might be the best place ever.”

A compliment doesn’t get much better that that.

Hearing praises like this allows us to be proud of our college’s success and the way we achieve it. Northeast is constantly looking at how it can make a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year.

Now with a new academic year underway, it is time for Northeast to start anew. We stand in the gap to provide recent high school graduates, military veterans or a non-traditional students looking for a career change the opportunity to better their lives, the lives of their families and the lives of our fellow citizens. I am truly excited for another amazing journey.

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