The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

April 14, 2014

Retiring CCC instructors praise college's growth, direction

After more than 35 years of service to Clinton Community College, we would like to offer some pre-retirement observations about the college: its past, its present and its future.

When we arrived at the college in 1976, it had already been transformed from a junior college located in Clinton High School to a comprehensive community college, serving the higher education needs of students of all ages in Clinton and the surrounding area.

We have had the privilege of working with thousands of CCC students. We take pride in thinking that we may have contributed in a small way to each of their successes. Often balancing many different roles in their lives, Clinton Community College students have still been ready to learn, appreciative of this opportunity and eager to prove to their future employers the value of their education.

Former students now work as dentists, chemists, police officers, electronics and drafting technicians, teachers, college instructors, librarians, veterinarians, administrative office assistants and as skilled workers in many other careers. Their efforts at Clinton Community College led them to become valued employees, fulfilled individuals and community leaders. It has been truly a pleasure to work with students with a large diversity of age, ethnicity and background. Clinton Community College remains a higher education institution that welcomes many different types of students. We would like to thank these former students for their role in enriching our lives.

One of the things that we will miss the most is our daily interaction with our colleagues at the college. Over the decades we have been inspired by the caring attitudes and academic expertise demonstrated by Clinton Community College faculty. From those who started in the early years to those who have recently been hired, we have observed dedication to students that is unequaled. Faculty members have been flexible enough to prepare meaningful lessons for students with many different levels of preparedness.

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