AACC’s 2020 Workforce
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In accepting the award, board chair
Kevin Doyle said the trustees and
Hetherington are focused on the same
mission: developing pathways of success for students.
“There is a true synergy among the
trustees and the president,” Doyle said.
PROVIDING A SECOND CHANCE
For Paul Allen, chair and professor of
business management in the Lee College
Huntsville Center, bringing educational
opportunities to those in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice’s prison
units has been his “calling.” Allen was honored in the Faculty Innovation category.
Because of the restrictive environment, with no connection to the outside
world and no Internet access, Allen has
developed innovative strategies over his
36 years teaching incarcerated individ-
uals. He’s developed curriculum that
encourages open dialogue and discussion
and simulations of real-world systems
such as the stock market.
Allen’s innovative efforts have not
only led to success in courses, but also
have provided priceless life lessons and
skills that help students become successful employees and entrepreneurs upon
their release from prison.
A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
This year’s award recipient in the
Student Success category is California’s
Citrus College, led by Superintendent/
President Geraldine Perri. The college
created and promoted an Associate
Degree for Transfer (ADT) to state
universities and introduced a two-year,
completion-oriented Promise Program,
which provides financial assistance.
Transfers to universities have risen by
38 percent from 2014 to 2017. In 2014, the
college had 691 graduates transfer to
state universities. In 2018, that number
climbed to 956.
Citrus College also implemented
the I Will Complete College (IWCC)
program, which includes academic
advisement and completion counseling to students as they enter the
college. IWCC participants receive priority registration privileges for up to
the first three years at the college and
qualify for the Citrus College Promise.
The graduation rate for the first three
cohorts of IWCC students tracked
since 2012 is 8 percent higher than the
rate of non-IWCC students. There has
been a steady increase from 399 ADTs
awarded in 2014 to 1,027 in 2018.
Award winners were selected by a committee of the AACC Board of Directors.
Written with additional reporting from CC Daily Staff.