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NE Board of Gov Southeast Community College - Dist 1

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    Chuck Byers
    (NP)

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    Jeanne H. Stec
    (NP)

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How should community colleges differentiate themselves from four-year universities?

What instructor qualifications would you change at your community college? Why, or why not?

What safety measures do you advocate to keep students, faculty, and staff safe?

If elected, what would be your first-year priorities? Please detail.

Occupation Plant Engineer York Cold Storage
Education BS from Kansas State University in Management Information Systems
Military experience 20 Year Veteran United States Navy, Submarine Service
Volunteer experience American Legion County Commander York County Veteran Service Committee
Address 713 South First Ave McCool Junction, NE
Marital Status Married
Community colleges need to teach skills. Our country is suffering from a loss of those entering into the skilled trades. It is important that we have a source to teach the skills used in those trades; electricians, welders, diesel repair, nursing ect. and our community colleges have the ability to meet his need much better than any four-year university and at less cost to the student.
I do not see a need to change the instructor qualifications. Many instructors have needed experience in the field they teach before they entire the classroom. I was an instructor in the Navy and like many of our community college instructors heavily relied on my own experiences to assist in my instruction.
We have to be careful not to make schools feel like prisons. We can use smart ID cards to allow access if needed.
Understand the facility upgrades that are needed for instance fire and safety issues in many of the buildings. Work hard to get schools to understand that not all students need to go to a four-year school to succeed.
Occupation Licensed Professional Counselor/Certified School Counselor
Education My education ranged from one-room schools to graduate classes at on of the highest ranked counseling programs in the US. I earned a Bachelor's degree in education and a Master's degree in counseling and school psychology from Kearney State College.
Current Public Office, dates held NA
Past Public Office, dates held President of the Nebraska Counseling Association (2000-2001)
Military experience NA
Volunteer experience DHHS Technical Review Licensure Committee; "Sixpence" Advisory Council; TeamMates; Saline County LB1184 Treatment Team; UNC-TV Fund Raising Drive; Buffalo County Community Health Partners Suicide Prevention Task Force; Crisis Counselor-Red Cross;
Address 140 S. Boswell Avenue Crete, NE 68333
Marital Status Divorced
Age 70
With an affordable cost of attendance, community colleges provide streamlined, focused opportunities for students, which are not available from many four-year schools. The fast turn around from high school (or working) allows students to find employment and begin contributing to their family and community, or to complete classes and transfer to a four-year institution. Since many students must work while attending college, community colleges provide flexibility with scheduling that might lengthen a student’s enrollment in a four-year setting. Additionally, community colleges provide different levels of course work to suit students’ needs; anywhere from a certificate to an Associate’s Degree. Attending a community college is a “win-win” for the student, the student’s family, for four-year institutions, and for employers who are eager to hire well-qualified candidates prepared to begin work immediately in jobs with competitive salaries.
It is critical that the community college employ a highly qualified, diverse staff, ranging from those who hold advanced academic degrees in their fields to those who have significant “real world experience” in their fields. This blend of academia and practical, experiential skills provides students with a well-rounded college experience. At this time, Southeast Community College has this diverse faculty available for students. This diversity of qualifications must be kept in mind each time a new faculty member is hired.
More than ever before in our lifetimes, safety must be a priority. Safety is ensured through the implementation and enforcement of well-written policies, and it is critical to share this information with all who are involved with the college. As always, basic safety for SCC’s technical programs, including learning to use equipment (saws, electrical tools, etc.) must continue to be observed. Colleges must adhere to all the health initiatives and mandates such as masks, social distancing, and smaller class size. Data and intellectual property must be protected with appropriate security measures. All students, faculty, and staff must feel safe while on campus from physical dangers, as well as from any bias, discrimination, and bullying based on age, gender, race, skin color, perceived sexual orientation, political and religious affiliation, disabilities, or any other factor. If a safe environment is not provided, learning opportunities can be lost and lives can be destroyed.
1) Keep the cost of attendance affordable. One of the primary benefits of a community college is its affordability. Many students earn degrees because they can afford to attend a community college.2) Increase enrollment. Many continue to view a community college education as “lesser” than a four-year degree. Data examining student success, completion/graduation data, salaries, employment in chosen fields, and the need for many skilled employees in the future, demonstrate that a community college education is, in fact, incredibly valuable. To counter this, we must provide ways for all stakeholders to learn what SCC offers. Dual credit classes (SENCAP and others) have made major contributions to enrollment increases. 3) Continue to work to reach 100% job employment in all programs. Demand for SCC graduates is high. Working with the high schools, college advisors, and community and business leaders is important.