Conference encourages C4, awards professors

Jessica Phillips

Editor-in-Chief —

RSC Social Sciences professors Misty Engelbrecht and Richard Wedemeyer were two of several professors of community colleges to receive the Great Ideas for Teaching Award during the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges conference on Oct. 10.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Juanita Ortiz, dean of Social Sciences. “I’m really proud,” excited and impressed.

Monique Bruner, associate dean of Social Sciences also led a workshop called the “Importance of Adjunct Faculty Development.”

Bruner said her workshop went well and was “well-attended.” She said at the conference she “learn(ed) what other community colleges do with their adjuncts.”

The keynote address on Friday was presented by Dr. Rod Risley, executive director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. He spoke concerning the Community College Completion Corps, which is a pledge students can make to commit to completing their degree at a community college.

Risley said he believes now is the most important and exciting time to be associated with community colleges.

“It’s a whole new day and time for us,” he said.

Risley said 3.1 million jobs were unfilled last summer because of insufficient skills.

“We’ve got to (help students graduate) or it may get to the point that we can’t economically recover,” he said

Risley said students who are Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to graduate. He said C4 students not only commit to completing their degree, but commit to help another student do the same.



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