BEATRICE – Southeast Community College is continuing a series of forums to determine the region’s education and workforce needs, and how the college can meet both.
About twenty people attended a forum at the Beatrice Campus Truman Center, Tuesday morning.
In the past few years, SCC has added six learning centers across the school’s service territory, meaning no citizen in the fifteen-county service area of the school is more than 35 miles from a campus, or learning center.
SCC President, Dr. Paul Illich says people have supported the college expanding, but want to see more connection to business and industry through additional programs.
:29 “program development”
When a $369 million bond issue proposing major additions and renovations failed by a more than two-to-one margin in 2016, Illich said the college then sought to meet the goal of modernizing, by scaling back, and addressing the highest priorities first.
Illich says it wasn’t a matter of people not supporting the college.
:40 “the property tax”
New residence halls at Beatrice and Milford, a new diesel technology program at Milford, a dining hall and classroom building at Beatrice, and a Health Sciences Addition at the Lincoln Campus are now at various stages of progress.
Just recently, the Acklie Charitable Foundation made a major gift to SCC, resulting in the new technology addition at Milford being named the Crete Carrier Diesel Technology Program.
:31 “going to take us”
Just recently, Southeast rolled out a new marketing logo, to be used with the tag line, “The Path to Possible”.
The Beatrice Campus forum was the sixth in a series of sixteen public meetings being conducted across southeast Nebraska.