January 14, 2006
Rotary Article 985
Delta College President Jean Goodnow Addresses Rotary Club
January 14, 2006
By: Stephen Kent
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Delta College President Jean Goodnow Addresses Club
New Delta College President Jean Goodnow is only the fourth to hold that position in the 44 year history of the college. The national average for a community college president is 5 years which speaks to the success of the local institution. Goodnow brings her 30+ years of community college experience to the post with a drive and ambition to continue to build this excellent institution.
Goodnow was attracted to Delta by its national reputation for innovation and exccellence. She was also impressed by the community, in particular the revitalization of the Bay City area which is home to the Delta College Planetarium. She noted that over 100,000 people have visited the planetarium since 1997.
The obligation of an institution like Delta is to supply a trained workforce. Some 90% of Delta grads find jobslocally or in the state of Michigan, which points to the success of the programs. Delta has articulation agreements with 20 other colleges and universities which makes it an ideal starting point for many students who want to eventually move to a four year institution for their degree.
A challenge faced by Michigan is to stop the "brain drain" of educated young people leaving the state to find jobs. Some of this is due to loss of manufacturing jobs but other factors are also in play. The world is moveing to a global economy. Employees of many fortune 500 companies will find themselves working internationally. Colleges must teach with a global economic awareness.
When asked if high school students are being prepared for higher education, Goodnow grinned and said that was something of a political question. She went on to say that it is a concern across the nation. Colleges and universities wish they had better prepared students. Foriegn competition is a concern as students there go to school for more hours and have less time off. Michigan is in the process of improving the secondary education in math, science and english.
Delta has always been a pioneer among community colleges. It has kept up with technology and industry. Delta was one of the first to have an honors program at the community college level. It pioneered partnerships with business and industry to train workers to meet the needs of those partners. Goodnow continues to meet with business, industry and eduational leaders from the area to insure that Delta meets the challenges of the future and prepares our youth for the evolving world.
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