MCCA This Week: September 11, 2020

 
 
 

This Week
Sept. 11, 2020

This past weekend at a socially distanced gathering of friends, we sat on a patio reminiscing on the days when we thought this situation would last only a couple of weeks. Still, seven months later, we found ourselves discussing what has become our *cringe* new normal. We swapped stories of working from home with kids and/or partners (unsure which group requires more attention), contactless food delivery and pickup (a win!), swapping vacations for staycations (loving all the local parks), all our new hobbies (we're now professional chefs, yogis, and gardeners), and the latest professional skills we've developed ↴

Like you, we've taken advantage of professional development offerings and virtual learning opportunities to enhance our skills to stay competitive amid the pandemic. Even before the current crisis, new technologies were disrupting jobs and the skills employees need to do them—the coronavirus pandemic only accelerated this change.

Now is the time to own your professional development strategy to keep your career moving forward. Check with your Human Resource Services department to see if they have a Professional Development Plan template that you can use to track your short- and long-term goals and the training, certificates, or educational opportunities you need to remain competitive.

POLL: How have you developed new skills over the past few months?

Did you know MCCA provides a range of professional development opportunities explicitly designed for college administrators, staff, faculty, and trustees FREE for members? From our timely Adapting to COVID-19 webinar series to the upcoming MCCA Virtual Annual Convention & Solution Center, there's something for everyone to make skill building a critical strategic lever for adapting to the next normal.

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Conversations about COVID-19

  • Colleges are using virtual events and blending modes of learning and reaching out to students one-on-one to build community in the age of COVID-19. (Inside Higher Ed)

U.S. Education News

  • At the beginning of the last century, it was the expansion of the American high school that produced a workforce that was the envy of the world. The community college can be a similar dynamo for the 21st century. (The Hechinger Report)
  • According to an analysis of federal elections data, employees at colleges and universities have donated five times as much to Joe Biden as to Donald Trump. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Two-year colleges worked quickly to help students get through the pandemic, pivoting to drive-through food banks and community partnerships. (Inside Higher Ed)

Missouri News

  • A recent White House coronavirus report ranks Missouri seventh in the U.S. for COVID-19 case rates. (KMIZ)

College Headlines

  • Three Rivers College has been awarded more than $1.6 million over five years to fund the operation of a federal TRiO Student Support Services grant program. (TRC News)
  • State Fair Community College's practical and registered nursing programs have been ranked No. 1 in Missouri by PracticalNursing.org and RegisteredNursing.org. (Sedalia Democrat)
  • Earlier this year, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, East Central College engineering student Joe Jasper saw a need that fit his skill set. (ECC News)

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Links you N2K (need to know):

  • Hey St. Louis Community College folks, have you renewed your MCCA Membership? Next Friday is your last chance to opt-in for payroll deductionJoin or renew »
  • Did you know our Annual Convention is going virtual? Did you know you can probably attend fo' free? *mic drop* Register!
  • What are you doing next Wednesday at 3 p.m.? Please take an hour and join our friends and us from Campus Compact and the Campus Election Engagement Project for a roundtable discussion on the role community colleges do and can play in promoting a healthy democracy.
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