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since expanded to now encompass services to a number of populations. Services
at the center will start later this year.
PCC also is building on its successful
first-year pathways program and starting a U.S. Department of Education-funded initiative to expand services
into students’ second year. Though
these projects didn’t come about
because of the PCC team’s experience
with High Performance Team Training,
the success of them relies on a collaborative environment, says Vurdien.
At Cloud County Community College
(CCCC), President Danette Toone is
looking forward to the long-term
implications of building a strong
team. She brought her team to HP T T
because “we want to be the best we can
be for our institution.”
Since returning to Kansas after partici-
pating in the training, changes are already
noticeable. Executive cabinet meetings are
more productive, for example.
“We’ve moved in a streamlined
direction,” says Toone.
Part of working well together means
understanding how everyone works. All
HPT T participants took an Emergenetics
test, which evaluates thinking and
“So much of what can go wrong when
trying to work with a team is miscom-munication and perceptions,” says Jenny
Acree, CCCC’s director of marketing. She
was one of the college’s team members
attending HPT T.
Acree says she’s more conscious now
of how she communicates with others.
“I think that I try to give more consideration to others’ viewpoints before
I make decisions or even jump into
working on a project with co-workers,”
OVERCOMING STUMBLING BLOCKS
Acree had never received training
on how to be an e;ective member of
CCCC’s leadership team. That’s not
uncommon. Building a strong team
often has to take a backseat to the
everyday work that occurs on college
campuses, according to Toone.
“We don’t have time to be pro-active;
we’re reactive, because of priorities,”
Investing time and money in training
isn’t something that can happen on every
campus. Though Lumina Foundation provided funding to cover some of the costs
to attend, pulling several sta; members
away for several days was di;cult.
“Once a college makes that commitment, though, they’ll never regret it,”
What surprised Acree about HPT T
was hearing that “institutions, large
and small, from all across the United
States, are experiencing very similar
situations.” They are all striving to
increase completion numbers, build
pathways and help students with
“It was refreshing to hear their
stories and begin to work on some
possible solutions,” Acree says.