CNCC CORNER: New academic year begins

RBC I The month of August has been a busy one at CNCC. We welcomed the start of the 2021-22 academic year, saw an enrollment increase, made new college friends, received significant Higher Learning Commission and Department of Education approvals, and welcomed back our faculty and students.  In our sight lines are the achievement of our strategic priorities, finalizing preparation for our accreditation visit and reaffirmation, and continuous nurturing of the CNCC experience, which includes a community where every student is known by name, colleagues are like family, classrooms are not limited by walls and opportunities are endless.  

We were able to share a bit of that experience in late July and early August as we held CNCC Experience Days on both campuses. Prospective students participated in a large group day session and selected from various afternoon excursions related to programs at the college. For instance: scuba diving (oceanography program); aviation-flight simulation; paleo excursion, equine tours, and demonstrations from cybersecurity, cosmetology and nursing. This was a great experience for potential students and faculty as we geared up for fall semester and gave students a taste for life at CNCC. We look forward to doing more events like these in the future to give more people the opportunity to see what CNCC has to offer.

Just before the start of school the college was joined by Mr. David Hardman, the new vice president for student services. David brings 15 years’ experience supervising, working in or with admissions/enrollment management, student life, diversity awareness and education, athletics, rights and responsibilities and residence life. He also holds an MBA which will prepare him well to support the college’s goal for fiscal responsibility and growth. Mr. Hardman has hit the ground running and is working toward efficiencies and enhancements in the student experience, and creation of a data informed strategic enrollment management plan.

Athletic activities are underway. Men and women’s soccer and volleyball have already started their seasons and softball pre-season games have started as well. Soccer will be playing five home games between Aug. 28 and Sept. 9. The men’s soccer program picked up a win on the season over the weekend and both soccer teams have home games scheduled for Thursday and Saturday so please come out and support them. Volleyball hosted its alumni game last Friday with several familiar faces returning for a friendly game against this year’s Spartan volleyball squad. They will play their first official home game on Sept. 30. Rock ‘n Bulls, now in its 12th year, was also a success over the weekend. The bulls got the best of most the riders, but CNCC alumnus Beau Southern was able to hold on and took home the grand prize.

Overall, the fall semester is off to a terrific start, and we are excited about what the future holds for CNCC. We appreciate the support of all those in our local communities as you continue to support CNCC, our students and have helped in our outstanding preparation for this fall. 

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