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There are a number of standing committees, such as the President’s Advisory Committee,
Executive Council, the Instructional Advisory Committee and Faculty, staff and Student
Newsletters are tracked and posted and minutes from each meeting are posted. Action
items are addressed on a regular basis.
On Campus Community-Professional Development
On Campus Community-Professional Development-Planning (3B)
Staff and faculty plan for and participate in many professional development activities.
These activities may be funded through funds targeted for that purpose, the EITC
Foundation, or division budgets. Employees fill out a request for participation in activities
that require additional funding outside of their division.
Training is also provided using the expertise of professionals on campus. In-service training
activities are held at the beginning of each semester. For example at the fall 2015 in-service
there will be training on how to integrate formative assessments into curriculum. Other
training needs may be identified by questionnaires. For example, when a need for
Blackboard training was identified, faculty were queried via a questionnaire. As a result,
targeted training was provided.
The Adult Basic Education division is federally funded, and as such, professional
development is based on changes to guidelines and new research on using best practices in
the classroom with adult students. Each year the ABE program is represented at the
National Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference so that information can
be obtained and brought back to the region. This provides the opportunity to consider
modifications in procedures and practices for the coming year that would better serve
students and the communities in which they live.
Regionally, ABE faculty and staff meet for professional development activities at least twice
a year and then pursue individual activities centered on the application of principles
presented in the trainings throughout the year. These are designed to assist students in
meeting their goals and enhancing both their work and personal lives. As students reach
their goals, they are able to positively impact the communities in which they live through
being better informed citizens and through adequately supporting themselves and their
On campus, general education faculty are often asked to assist in workshops during in-
services. Attending or presenting at conferences enhances instructors’ skills, provides
valuable networking opportunities, and supports involvement with the local, state, and
regional community.
Within the Trades and Industry Division, any training given to faculty is passed on to
students to use in the shop. For example, the Auto and Diesel programs offer vehicle repairs
at a reduced fee, thus assisting both the campus and wider communities. The Welding
program offers building/repairing/fabricating metal work for individuals on campus or in the
community at a reduced fee
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