MCCA This Week: June 26, 2020

This Week
June 26, 2020

Nice to see you again!

We've spent the last few weeks doing some long overdue learning. Educating ourselves on systemic racism and discrimination in America is one of the first steps of allyship. On Friday, June 19, MCCA closed to allow our team members the opportunity to honor the Juneteenth holiday in their way. We compiled a library of resources ranging from documentaries and films to books and self-guided curricula to help us improve individually and as an association. But we're not stopping there. MCCA has initiated a three-part path forward for a long-term impact. You can learn more about that here.

[Poll] To help employees within your college have authentic and courageous conversations about recent events to support each other's well-being, more information on __________ would be most helpful:

  1. Unconscious bias
  2. Anti-racism
  3. Conscious leadership
  4. Conversation starters
  5. Mental health implications
  6. Affinity groups

BTW, you won't see another edition of This Week until July 31. In the meantime, you can always find the latest college headlines and education news on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Join us, won't you?

Today's This Week is 876 words, about a 7–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • In a recent episode of The EdSurge Podcast, Ajita Menon, president and CEO of California’s online-only community college, Calbright College, discusses how community colleges are responding to the crisis. (EdSurge)
  • The U.S. Department of Education has announced the launch of the Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grant Program, funded by the CARES Act. The grant program will provide $127.5 million to states to expand educational opportunities through short-term, career pathways, or sector-based education and training programs. The application deadline to apply is August 24, 2020. (U.S. Department of Education)

U.S. Education News

  • A new report from Opportunity America outlines a strategy for community colleges—urging them to step up in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis as the nation’s premier provider of workforce education. (Opportunity America)
  • South Texas College enrolls several hundred high school students in programs preparing them for jobs in the high-poverty region's changing economy. (Education Dive)
  • The American Association of Community Colleges has cosigned an amicus brief that will be filed in two cases brought by state attorneys general challenging the Trump administration’s controversial Title IX regulations. (CC Daily)
  • Two- and four-year college students continue to spend less on course materials. (CC Daily)

Missouri News

  • Missouri's COVID-19 cases increased today by the second-highest number of the pandemic, jumping to 493. The rise comes one day after a record increase of 553. Governor Parson says Missouri is not overwhelmed, not currently experiencing a second wave, and has no intention of closing Missouri back down. (KMIZ)
  • The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development launched its Return Strong initiative in mid-May to help with economic recovery efforts as part of Gov. Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong” recovery plan. Return Strong is focused on two main objectives: helping Missourians skill up and get back to work, and safely and responsibly reopening Missouri’s public workforce system.

College Headlines

  • At Ozarks Technical Community College, 3,907 students have signed up for online courses, a number 67% higher than it was last summer. (PBS NewsHour)

  • Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Kimberly Beatty joins Kansas City Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Class of 2020, recognizing outstanding professional women who have made significant strides in their business or industry, as well as their community. (Kansas City Business Journal)

  • Mineral Area College President Joe Gilgour started "Community College Presidents Talking About Community Colleges" as a way to learn from college leaders. The series has morphed to include topics from COVID-19 and campus safety to equity and economic mobility. (AACC 21st-Century Center)

  • Moberly Area Community College's new partnership with Columbia College and an honors program through the University of Missouri-Columbia will allow MACC to students to transfer more seamlessly to those schools. (Kirksville Daily Express)

  • Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Kimberly Beatty has been elected to a three-year term on the American Association of Community Colleges board, as of July 1. She is one of six new college representatives. (CC Daily)

  • In 2019, Grace Moser, associate professor of history at St. Charles Community College, went on sabbatical to craft an immersive African American history class at SCC. To be offered in Fall 2020, African American History Since 1877 will focus on post-Civil War to modern times. (SCC News)

  • After 50 years and 1,300 wins, Three Rivers College Raiders head basketball coach Gene Bess has announced his retirement. (TRC News)

  • Jefferson College Human Resources Specialist, Kristen Sides, is one of 12 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) members from across the nation selected to participate in the 2020-21 CUPA-HR Wildfire program, a 12-month leadership development experience designed for early-career higher education human resources professionals. (JC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • Instead of “checking in” on your Black team members and staff, here are a couple of things you can do.
  • How can you support healthy work habits for your team members? Computers in the City has an infographic of ways to encourage self-care.

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