By Everett Robinson–
Guaranteed program admission at Arizona State University is one of the benefits for Northland Pioneer College graduates under an agreement ratified Oct. 18 by the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board. These agreements are part of an ongoing effort to make it easier for NPC students to continue their studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
The program-specific Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) outline which NPC courses can be applied toward an ASU bachelor’s degree. Other benefits include guaranteed admission, the ability to lock in an ASU tuition rate, and early and sustained contact with ASU academic advisers.
Last year, an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) to Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) was approved for NPC’s nursing graduates to transfer into ASU’s BSN program. The new TAGs cover many of the social sciences, including Criminal Justice, Family & Human Development, History, Justice Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Technical Communications. Both NPC and ASU faculty and staff are working on additional agreements in other disciplines.
In August, the board approved similar transfer agreements with Prescott College for NPC graduates seeking bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.
“We are continuing discussions with Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Prescott College to provide additional pathways for our students to complete their bachelor’s degrees,” Mark Vest, NPC’s vice president for learning and student services, told the board.
New Temporary Home
For Kayenta Center
The board authorized NPC President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout to negotiate a lease with the Kayenta Unified School District for four classrooms in the former primary school building to serve as a temporary home for NPC’s Kayenta Center. The center’s current location on the Monument Valley High School campus is needed by the high school.
NPC will relocate to the larger space and be ready for classes in January. Swarthout continues to seek a long-term solution to allow NPC to serve Kayenta area residents.
“We investigated several other possible locations for the center,” commented Swarthout. “None could be remodeled in time to meet our January timeline.”
The lease for space at the primary school can be terminated with three months notice.
The board also authorized the purchase of hardware and software needed to create a mirror image of the college Enterprise Resource Planning and Student Information System at the Show Low-White Mountain Campus. In addition to providing backup for the main data storage at the Holbrook-Painted Desert Campus, it will allow load sharing, increasing the speed and capacity at both locations. Two state contract vendors will be used on the $53,423 project.
The board extended a dual enrollment agreement with the Red Mesa School District, allowing students to earn both college and high school credits for college-level courses taught at the school.
NPC’s Classified and Administrative Staff Organization (CASO) is considering increasing the number of scholarships made available to students, reported Ina Sommers, the group’s president. CASO raised $615 for scholarships at the fall convocation, and plans to again sell See’s candy bars. The group will also discuss possible leadership organization changes at its Oct. 28 professional development retreat at the Snowflake Fire Station.
Faculty Association President Brian Burson introduced Kenny Keith, who will serve as the president-elect for the remainder of the year. Keith, who is the program coordinator for the Industrial Maintenance and Operations program, reported that 14 recent program completers have been hired at local power plants. “In my six years with NPC, we have had almost 700 students go through the program,” added Keith. “SRP (Salt River Project) and APS (Arizona Public Service Co.) have been great partners with the college.”
Lauren Sedillo, general ledger accountant, and Carrie Jordan, high school programs coordinator, were recognized as the Outstanding Employees for August and September, respectively.
President Swarthout reminded board members of the Community Outreach meetings at Kayenta on Oct. 27 and at Hopi on Oct. 31.
She also reported on a meeting held Oct. 14 with area K-12 leaders and a representative from Governor Jan Brewer’s office on reorganization of state programs. “While we were not central to the discussion, it was important for us to be present,” noted Swarthout. A similar session is planned in November in Apache County.
Swarthout also reported on recent meetings about college readiness standards to be implemented by 2014. The community colleges are working with K-12 institutions to make sure high school graduates can succeed at college-level work without needing remedial courses.
The next regular meeting of the governing board will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Tiponi Community Center Eagle’s Nest on the Holbrook-Painted Desert Campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd. A study session is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m., followed by the regular meeting at 11.