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NE Board of Gov Southeast Community College - Dist 2

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    Kathy Boellstorff

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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 Owner/operator of our farming operation for 42 years. We raise corn, soybeans & cow/calf operation.
Education Currently, Culinary Arts student Southeast Community College. Continuing Ed Metro Community College, Peru State College. Master Beekeeper UNL. Fashion Merchandising degree Patricia Stevens. Dubuque Senior High School graduate, Dubuque, IA
Current Public Office, dates held Southeast Community College Board of Governors District 2 member 1/2009-12/2020. Currently Vice Chairman, past Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer. Currently, Finance & Facilities Team Chairman.
Past Public Office, dates held Nebraska Grain Sorghum Development, Utilization, & Marketing Board 1990-2008. Board of Education Johnson-Brock Public Schools 1995-2002.
Military experience Personally none. However my husband, father and uncle served in the Armed Forces. I'm very supportive of the military & our veterans.
Volunteer experience Women Involved in Farm Economics, Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Brownville Village Theatre Board, NE LEAD Fellow, NE Ag Leadership Council, NE Ag Builders, Charter Oak Christian Church
Address 62902 733 Road, Johnson, NE 68378
Marital Status Married to my husband Mark for 41 years.
Age 68
Community colleges such as Southeast Community College (SCC) are in a unique position to provide affordable, accessible education to traditional and non-traditional students in career/technical & academic transfer programs plus dual credit and continuing education. (SCC) tuition/fees for a Nebraska resident is $108 per credit hour.,considerably lower than 4-year universities. SCC trains workers in 6 of the 10 H3 (i.e., high demand, high skill, high wage) most sought occupations in the state. 94% of our graduates are employed or continuing their education. 90% work in their field of study. 87% work in Nebraska. Community colleges continue to align their programs with employer/workforce needs while meeting student, employer and community demands with only a small proportion, 5.5%, of Nebraska property taxes.
The board members role is to hire the President, in Southeast Community College's case, Dr. Paul Illich. The Vice-President of Human Resources is responsible to hire the most qualified instructors for the positions available. Most faculty member positions require a master's degree in a relevant subject matter. Work related experience is critical in staying up to date in their field.
At Southeast Community College, safety and security is a number one priority that we take very seriously. The most pressing safety measures at this time are adhering to Governor Ricketts Coronavirus 19 health & safety school closure restrictions by conducting strictly on-line learning until further notice. We are updating our facilities through physical renovations and building improvements. SCC has hired more security personnel, a division of the Human Resource Department, which conducts safety training sessions both personally and virtually on all types of safety measures to keep students, faculty and staff safe.
As the incumbent, my priorities remain the same and align with Southeast Community Colleges core values.

I'm committed to providing excellent programs, services and operations.

I'm committed to innovation, integrity and inclusion of students, faculty/staff and community population.

I'm committed to stewardship and accountability through fiscal responsibility of the resources we're given.

I would appreciate your vote in November.