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Methods of Promoting Academic, Business, and Community Partnerships. Dr. Peg Morelli Colorado Community College System Tuesday, October 8, 2002 10:45 - 12:15. Topics for discussion. Overview of Colorado System Colorado Rural Development Council Rural Telecommunications Summit

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methods of promoting academic business and community partnerships

Methods of Promoting Academic, Business, and Community Partnerships

Dr. Peg Morelli

Colorado Community College System

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

10:45 - 12:15

topics for discussion
Topics for discussion
  • Overview of Colorado System
  • Colorado Rural Development Council
  • Rural Telecommunications Summit
  • Opening Windows
  • Rural Education Access Program
  • Rural Colorado E-Commerce Initiative
  • Rural New Economy Initiative
  • Academic Workshops
  • Challenges and Conclusions
  • Replicating Successes
overview of colorado system
Overview of Colorado System
  • Individual community colleges for decades
  • CCCOES created by Colorado General Assembly (1967)
    • Governing board appointed by governor
    • has full governing authority over 13 community colleges
    • regulation and administration of all CTE at Area Vocational schools (8) and public secondary system (154 school districts)
    • coordination of two local district colleges
  • Colorado Community College System operates under the authority of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE)
  • Name changed to Colorado Community College System (2002)
colorado rural development council 1993
Colorado Rural Development Council (1993)
  • Is part of National Rural Development Partnership
  • Began formation in 1993
    • 30 member interim steering committee created
    • Interim steering committee hired the council’s executive director
    • Partnerships
      • Each CRDC sector has two private, two non-profit, and two local government representatives
      • Denver supplied ten federal liaisons
      • Governor appointed ten state partners at cabinet level
      • 2 tribal nations have seats
      • 1 general member
Full CRDC Board meets in rural communities around Colorado each quarter.
  • Executive Committee meets 8 times each year in rural communities.
  • Each meeting is preceded by a community forum.
CRDC Benefits to Rural Colorado
    • Facilitates statewide networking and idea sharing.
    • Serves as rural representation to numerous organizations and initiatives to encourage accountability to grass roots.
    • Forum for information sharing between rural communities and governmental agencies.
    • Provides educational opportunities at request of rural communities.
    • Directly involves state and federal agencies in rural issues.
    • Encourages partnerships to address challenges.
    • Addresses rural policy issues at the federal level through involvement with the Rural Development Council and National Rural Development Partnership.
rural telecommunications summit 1997
Rural Telecommunications Summit (1997)
  • CRDC compiled partnerships to sponsor and host a summit on current and future status of rural access to telecommunications and technology.
  • Established resources data base.
opening windows 1998 2000
Opening Windows (1998-2000)
  • Theater and human services project that addresses adolescent health and behavior issues.
  • CRDC brought Opening Windows to Colorado and purchased exclusive rights for two years.
  • Play was made available, at minimal cost, to rural theater/drama groups for performance throughout Colorado.
  • Reached about 600 people in five performances.
rural education access program 2001
Rural Education Access Program (2001)
  • The Rural Education Access Program (REAP) provides financial support to four-year colleges to deliver degree completion programs on the campuses of rural community colleges.
  • The student earns an Associate Degree and stays to earn an advanced degree.
rural colorado e commerce initiative rceci 1999
Rural Colorado E-Commerce Initiative (RCECI) (1999)
  • CCHE leveraged 1.3 million dollars in Colorado technology funds.
  • RCECI included seven community colleges.
  • Community colleges are now working with local businesses and individuals.
  • Community colleges share resources and products with each other
Results of RCECI:
    • Small business development center programs
    • All seven community colleges to offer 30 hour program designed to promote development of business networking
    • Emphasis on local accountability
    • Colleges offer customized programs to meet employer needs
    • When local programs are in place, colleges focus on bringing them to scale by sharing programs and curricula
RCECI Strengths:
    • Shared governance
    • Increased resources because of pooling, shared networking, and leadership support
    • Responding to local needs
rural new economy initiative 2001
Rural New Economy Initiative (2001)
  • Includes fourteen colleges:
    • Seven state-run rural colleges
    • Four four-year colleges
    • Two local district colleges
    • One area vocational center
Present outcomes of Rural New Economy Initiative (RNEI) project:
    • More than 500 participants currently in RNEI workshops.
    • Local needs and gaps in available programs and resources have been pinpointed to decide how to best address them.
      • Focus
        • Educate elected officials
        • Fulfill need for healthcare workers
        • Increase offerings to small business
        • Pilot a leadership development effort to address the digital age
        • Local resources are being gathered in a common statewide pool
        • One of the four-year colleges is formatting outlines/ curriculum in a database that other institutions can access
        • RNEI will fund curriculum development for areas of interest that have not been addressed
academic workshops 2001 present
Academic Workshops (2001 - Present)
  • Provided throughout Colorado for secondary and post-secondary teachers
  • Topic is: Incorporating E-Commerce Into Curriculum
  • Four days training, participants receive resource materials, curriculum notebooks and CD’s, lesson plans to facilitate incorporation into programs at participants’ home sites.
challenges and conclusions
Challenges and Conclusions
  • Role (s) identification:
    • Provision of business services
    • Customized training based upon specific local/regional needs
    • Community training
    • Industry certification programs
    • Skills upgrades
    • Language and employability skills for immigrants
    • Entrepreneurial training
    • E-Business, E-Commerce
    • Clear mission identification, particularly as it relates to rural identity
    • Rather than all things to all people, need to fulfill mission that will compliment and supplement own strengths
  • Leadership:
    • Is critical to identification, fulfillment of, and improvement upon roles
    • Must be devoid of self-grandisement, truly cognizant of needs and how to leverage multiplicity of partnerships to meet those needs
replicating successes
Replicating Successes
  • Community colleges are important to rural economic development
  • Quality of leadership is critical
  • A state system influences the nature of replication
  • Finding money to replicate innovative practices can be difficult