Advisory Committee Shapes the Future of WSCC
Over 70 community members helped to form the curriculum for courses offered at Washington State Community College (WSCC) by participating in the Business, Engineering, and Industrial Advisory Committee Meeting held on October 29. WSCC holds Advisory Committee Meetings twice annually to get the community involved with the classes that are offered both on campus and online. By consulting community members, WSCC is able to make sure that their curriculum is up to date. WSCC wants to offer an education that provides the skills necessary for students to be able to find gainful employment after graduation. These meetings also ensure that the programs that are offered at WSCC can be successfully transferred to four year institutions.
The October 29th meeting was held in the Community Room in the main building at WSCC. Dinner was prepared and served by student members of the organization Phi Theta Kappa. In addition to the group meeting, Advisory Committee members also split into smaller groups based on their respective programs in order to discuss more specialized issues. The combination of the full group meeting and the meetings with smaller programs allowed everyone to participate and share their praises and concerns on a variety of different issues. Kent Hall, the Industrial Program Coordinator, was pleased with the topics that were discussed within his program group. In the most recent meeting, his program group discussed new programs, internships, job possibilities in the petroleum industry, ways to increase enrollment, and the role of Geographic Information Systems courses being offered at WSCC.
Brenda Kornmiller, Dean of Business, Engineering, Industrial Technologies and Workforce Development, was very pleased with the turn out and the productive discussions that occurred during the meeting. Kornmiller noted that, "It was a great networking event where we were able to talk about enrollment, internships and new programs. Many people said that they would like to work with us to provide internship experiences for our students." Kornmiller also encourages those interested in joining the advisory committee or who are looking for internship opportunities to contact her at (740) 374-8716 ext. 1713 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.