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fiscal manager, director of contract training, director of the Academic Success Center, and director of Lifelong Learning. CPBAC created four standing task forces, in line with GFC MSU’s core themes of Workforce Development, Transfer Preparations, Academic Preparation, and Community Development. These committees will develop annual strategic plans and report progress semi-annually to the larger CPBAC group. Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) This formal committee was organized in 2013-14 to look at enrollment data and develop strategies to help manage enrollment. After studying data, the committee selects a number of initiatives for the coming year and presents those to CPBAC for consideration. In 2015-16 CPBAC chose two: improving the front-end experience for students (making sure students have realistic expectations, helping students be ready for college, helping them be prepared) and increasing online course and program offerings. What have you done today to help a student return tomorrow? From faculty member: I tried to foster a positive relationship with an at-risk student. His comments today made me smile inside. Program changes • • • • • • A request was submitted to the Board of Regents in November 2015 to offer an Associate of Applied Science in computer programming beginning fall 2016. The Sustainable Energy Technician program underwent a change to better meet the demands of local industry. The program will be offered in fall 2016 as an Industrial Technician CAS program, with options to obtain an AAS as either an Industrial Technician or Renewable Energy Technician. A Medical Scribe Certificate of Technical Studies is awaiting approval from NWCCU and then the Department of Education. The first cohort of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) began classes in January 2016. The Radiologic Technology program graduated its final cohort of students May 2015. The program is in moratorium. Great Falls College MSU opened its newly expanded welding and fabrication facility in September 2015. The expansion increased the number of welding booths from 15 to 34 and increased the capacity from 60 to 102 students. The expansion was funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Authority and a portion of a $25 million grant from the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT III program. RevUp grant funds also purchased a mobile welding lab for use in off-site welding instruction and testing. What have you done today to help a student return tomorrow? Faculty member on first day of class: “I emphasize that I am here to help them succeed and that I am available when they want to meet with me or have problems that I may be able to help them with.” Great Falls College Montana State University 12
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