(TRINIDAD, COLORADO) President of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), Dr. Nancy McCallin, along with CCCS Board Chair Dr. John Trefney and Board members Dr. Russell Meyer and Ken Weil, visited Trinidad State Junior College on Wednesday.
As part of their visit, the group toured the Trinidad campus making stops at Scott Gym to see the new gym floor and upgraded workout facilities, Gunsmithing in the Mullen Building, the newly remodeled Student Life Center, and Massage Therapy in the Banta Building.
After the tour, members of the campus and local community were invited for a question-and-answer forum with the CCCS President and Board.
McCallin reported the CCCS serves more than 163,000 students, making it the largest system of higher education in Colorado. Trinidad State is one of 13 colleges within the System. The six core missions of the CCCS include open access; a strong and thriving transfer mission, including partnerships with four-year Colorado universities to provide a guaranteed transfer program for community college students; career and technical education, like Gunsmithing, Massage Therapy and Nursing programs at Trinidad State; concurrent enrollment, allowing high school students an affordable pathway to higher education; workforce training; and remedial education.
“We have a significant impact in the State of Colorado, collectively over $3 billion of economic impact each year in terms of primarily the increased wages our students are able to earn as they enter the workforce,” McCallin said.
While answering questions from community members, McCallin stressed that the mission of the CCCS is to serve the community and residents of Colorado.
Trinidad State President Dr. Carmen Simone added, “It’s very important that we be involved with the community and be a part of the community, and that’s where all of our ideas come from as far as what we need to be doing as an institution to help our community grow and be successful.”
The CCCS Board consists of nine volunteer voting members, plus one faculty and one student, who are non-voting members. Trefney is the previous president of the Colorado School of Mines; Meyer the previous provost of Colorado State University-Pueblo; and Weil the previous chief of staff for Governor Ritter for policy, and founder and previous president of Rose Biomedical Research and Rose Biomedical Development Corporation.
“Everyone we meet is focused on students, and their learning and their success, and I can tell you that’s not the case throughout higher education in general,” Trefney said of the student-centeredness of the colleges in the system. “That’s the reason we’re volunteering our time.”