Newman, GCCC plan issue of Lunch & Understand

Yard City – This Wednesday, July 19, the general public is invited to a Lunch & Study at Yard City Neighborhood Higher education to learn far more about a partnership involving GCCC and Newman University, a personal college in Wichita, to offer you four-12 months coursework right here on campus in Backyard City.

Lona DuVall, President and CEO of Finney County Financial Progress Corporation, claimed talks with Newman and GCCC have been heading on for in excess of a yr after Newman officers achieved out to see what diploma courses could be made available to fulfill the regional workforce needs.

“In viewing with Backyard garden Metropolis Community University, we identified numerous chances to establish on associate levels and allow our learners to keep in the area for four year and highly developed degrees,” DuVall stated.

Making possibilities for people today to proceed to dwell and work in Yard City and the location is important for the future workforce requirements. At present, there are 4,000 open up work opportunities out there in Finney County and not enough staff to fill them – there are roughly 3 positions open up for each individual individual on the lookout for get the job done by some estimates.

DuVall explained approximately a fourth of the open positions need a four-12 months or sophisticated diploma, which demonstrates the value of a GCCC partnership with Newman University.

“We are in what’s deemed a bigger schooling desert in other terms, there isn’t a four-year university in a fifty percent hour. We have over a thousand learners graduating in the Greater Back garden Town region just about every 12 months who are academically qualified and really don’t (go on to an sophisticated diploma) only simply because of length,” she claimed.

Jessica Chicken, Dean of Newman’s College of Instruction and Social Do the job, lives in Garden Town and has an workplace in Dodge City and in Wichita. She said Newman has been included in Backyard garden City because the 1990s as element of an outreach program for teacher training. Based on that program’s product of success, the university preferred to grow and provide applications to satisfy the requirements of southwest Kansas.

To begin with, Fowl explained, the GCCC/Newman partnership will focus on bachelor’s levels in small business administration agribusiness. She stated people had been two parts identified as a very good starting up issue by area community customers and the school primarily based on the selection of college students majoring in organization spots.

In the upcoming, Hen reported the intention is to increase into other parts this kind of as wellbeing care, nursing, sonography, and radiation technological know-how, to title a handful of.

Chook reported the reward of the partnership for Newman is initial and foremost it is mission pushed.

 “The college was started by a team of sisters who needed to educate underserved women in basic, and the spot of Yard Town and southwest Kansas is regarded as an education and learning desert,” she explained, thanks to the deficiency of a 4-year institution close by.

“Students can get associate levels at Yard Metropolis, and that is superb. But to get a bachelors or a masters they have to go away the area,” Fowl reported. “We want to provide a way for people today to stay and continue to be in the area and get a degree. We know with brain drain folks generally depart and never appear again. Which is detrimental to the total region.”

Wednesday’s midday luncheon will characteristic GCCC and Newman University officials, such as Newman’s Vice President of Tutorial Affairs and Dean of the School of Business enterprise and Technological innovation who will offer a presentation about the applications that will be launched this tumble. Chook said there will be a blend of in person and zoom courses offered, taught by Newman college and local adjunct professors.

Chicken extra that Newman and the GCCC Board of Trustees have designed a scholarship offer that will make this incredibly very affordable for learners.

“This is seriously a new and exclusive partnership amongst 4 12 months and the local community colleges. We hope to make a effective design and provide the space effectively,” Bird mentioned.

The assembly will be in the Endowment Home at GCCC. An RSVP is appreciated to make sure a lunch by [email protected].

Those with concerns need to speak to Jessica Chook at 620-272-7281 or [email protected] or Lona DuVall at [email protected].