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NE Board of Gov Southeast Community College - At Large

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    Timothy R Cerveny
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    Neal Stenberg
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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 I arrange long term power supply and transmission paths for municipalities in Nebraska.
Education Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools - Graduate | SCC, Milford, NE - Associate of Applied Science Degree / Electromechanical Technology | Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE - Bachelor of Science Degree / Management
Current Public Office, dates held SCC Board of Governors
Past Public Office, dates held Chairman - Nebraska/Iowa Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals | President - Wilber-Clatonia Athletic Booster Club
Military experience n/a
Volunteer experience Youth sports coach | 4-H volunteer | FFA Alumni Chapter | Wilber Czech Festival Volunteer | Church Council Groups
Address 126 Shalo Lane
Marital Status Married
Age 48
Community colleges offer an alternative to four-year universities. They provide many students with the education required to contribute in technical fields. The demand for this type of employee continues to grow as baby boomers move closer to retirement. I work in the utility industry and the need for skilled employees has never been greater. Community colleges also offer the opportunity to complete coursework in preparation for pursuing a degree from a university. In these times of high tuition rates, this alternative is very attractive and makes higher learning more attainable.
The instructors at Southeast Community College are excellent. They are well versed in their field of study, are committed to their students and take a genuine interest in improving the college and providing more opportunities for students. I don’t know that I would change any qualifications for the instructors.
My two children are currently college students at separate institutions. Safety can take many forms. Physical safety is the most important. There needs to be security in place to ensure that a student feels safe while on campus. Another element of safety is the ability to be comfortable expressing your opinion. Students should be able to share their thoughts without fear of retribution from administration, educators or student groups. Opinions should be welcomed and considered rather than stifled.
Southeast Community College is currently in the process of major facility upgrades. My first priority would be to ensure that these projects are completed on time and on budget. These facilities will provide great opportunities for students to receive a world class education. SCC’s administration is committed to student success. They have been very proactive in monitoring the metrics related to this and I would like to become more involved in finding ways to promote the success of all students whether traditional or non-traditional.
Occupation Retired Attorney
Education UNL, BA, 1972; UNL, Juris Doctor, 1975
Current Public Office, dates held Not Applicable
Past Public Office, dates held Not Applicable
Military experience Not Applicable
Volunteer experience Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Pinewood Bowl, Inc. Board for twenty years including service as president; Choir Member St. Mark's UMC; Choir Member St. Paul UMC; St. Paul UMC Foundation Board; TADA Board of Directors; Lincoln Choral Artists
Address 2726 Katy Circle Lincoln, NE 68506
Marital Status Married to Janet R. Stenberg
Age 70
Provide Affordable Education. The role of the Southeast Community College should be to provide high quality instruction to students at very affordable rates of tuition.

Emphasize Career/Technical Instruction. Unlike four-year institutions, the main area of emphasis at SCC should be in career/technical fields.

Meet the Needs of Business and Industry. More so than is the case with respect to four-year institutions, career/technical programs must be carefully tailored to the specific needs of business and industry in the SCC Area.

Meet the Needs of Working Students. Many of SCC’s students work their way through school while attending on a part-time basis. In the fall of 2019, 64% of students were enrolled on a part-time basis. The College must work with such students to accommodate their work schedules.

Provide Quality Transfer Program. SCC should provide a quality transfer program using faculty with advanced degrees, having smaller class sizes, and lower rates of tuition.
I believe that instructors at SCC are already well-qualified to teach in their assigned areas. In the career and technical areas, the College is looking for persons who, in addition to having good teaching skills, have succeeded and distinguished themselves in a real work environment. A really good welding instructor must first be a really good welder. In the transfer program, the College typically hires only those persons having a master’s or PhD degree.
The College should employ public safety officers charged with the duty to provide safety and security on all Southeast Community College campuses; inspect security systems, equipment, buildings, and property; provide educational training programs to the campuses which cultivate safety and security awareness; engage in proactive appraisal of crime risks and take the action needed to remove or reduce that risk.

The College should provide training to students and staff in how to deal with an active shooter situation. The College should have a method of reliably and quickly communicating with all students in the event of an active shooter situation.

Maintain facilities and equipment in good condition. Equip all buildings with automatic sprinklers in case of fire. Regularly inspect and replace power tools. Students using power tools must be carefully monitored by trained staff and students and must be instructed in proper safety procedures.

I would encourage the use of employer surveys to help the College better understand the hiring needs of local businesses and to evaluate whether the training offered by the College matches the needs of local businesses. I would support the creation of additional trade programs whenever necessary to support the needs of business and industry in Nebraska.

In order to serve the 15-county service area better, Southeast Community College opened six Learning Centers in Falls City, Hebron, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Wahoo and York. I very enthusiastically support the creation and maintenance of these learning centers because they make SCC’s educational programs accessible to all persons residing in the SCC Area. One of my priorities would be to determine whether the programming offered at each center is meeting industry and community needs in that specific location. Programming at each center should be determined by local industry and community needs.