Kansas City and MCC host the National Learning Communities Conference

NLCC_program_2015_FINAL_VERSION (2)_Page_01The 20th annual National Learning Communities Conference will be in Kansas City this year. The three-day event will take place Thursday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Westin Crown Center hotel.

You can learn more about the event and still register at http://nlcconference.org.

The National Learning Communities Conference (NLCC) was founded in 1995 and sponsored by a consortium of six institutions: Metropolitan Community College, Delta College, Harper College,  Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, Kennesaw State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Each of the institutions hosts the conference on a rotating basis.

This year MCC is proud to invite higher-education faculty, staff and administrators — veteran or novice — to explore ways that post-secondary leaders can help students achieve their goals and graduate. A challenge has been issued to colleges: To be successful, colleges need to help students complete.

The conference planning committee has been working for months to provide the best possible learning opportunity for conference participants. MCC’s Rich Higgason and Bill Young have led the organization of the major event.

The keynote speakers are Diane Nyhammer and Vince Tinto, Ph.D.

DianeNyhammerNyhammer is currently the vice president of learning at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin. From 2008-2013, she served as provost and chief academic officer at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois, where she provided leadership and oversight for academic affairs, student development, outreach and planning, institutional research, information technology and human resources.

vincetintoTinto is a distinguished university professor emeritus at Syracuse University and the former chair of the Higher Education Program. He has researched and written extensively on student access to education, student engagement, and retention.

MCC’s Higgason and Young send out gracious thanks to all the volunteers and planning committee members who helped make the “Going to Kansas City” NLCC conference possible. Special thanks also to the Metropolitan Community College presidents: Dr. Michael Banks, MCC-Blue River; Dr. Dana Grove, MCC-Business and Technology; Dr. Kirk Nooks, MCC-Longview; Dr. Utpal Goswami, MCC-Maple Woods; and Dr. Joe Seabrooks, MCC-Penn Valley.

For more details about the presentations and what to expect, visit http://nlcconference.org.