The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

April 1, 2013

Celebrate Community College Month with CCC

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A focus on quality has been a part of everything we do. We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through the Academic Quality Improvement Program. This is a process in which we develop ongoing projects using continuous quality principles to maintain our accreditation. We have developed a strong curriculum that is taught by outstanding faculty who choose to be a part of CCC. Our service areas provide support services for our students that are based on best practices and delivered by strong staff.

The Board of Trustees of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, of which CCC is one of the colleges, has established a strong commitment to affordability. Through their work our district has maintained reasonable tuition costs for our students. A financial aid staff that works with students as they complete their application for aid provides great help for our students. Our Paul B. Sharar Foundation provides a variety of scholarships for students attending CCC. Many of the scholarships provided by the foundation are funded by local groups and individuals- — people who are connected to CCC.

Access, quality and affordability are values that have not changed during our 65 graduations at CCC. These values connect us to all we do at CCC and guide us as we plan for our future. These values connect us to those we serve.

April is Community College Month. If you have not been on campus lately, I invite you to visit us and become connected to CCC.

Karen Vickers is the president of Clinton Community College.

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