Feb 252015

By Naomi Hatch

Many of the Snowflake and Taylor residents who attended the Feb. 17 Navajo County Community College District Governing Board meeting left confused about a motion the board approved affecting Northland Pioneer College’s Silver Creek Campus in Snowflake.

At the weekly Listening/Idea Session held Feb. 19 in Snowflake, NPC President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout said they had reviewed the tape to clarify the motion.

“It is very clear the administration does not move at this time and the faculty does not move at this time,” said Swarthout. There will be a four-campus space utilization study, including costs and some sort of projections of use over five years, she explained.

The confusion mainly focused on the library on the Silver Creek Campus, but Swarthout clarified that they have a year to figure out the library situation, though it is not clear what that means.

The advisor position at the Silver Creek Campus will not be filled, but there will be a temporary advisor on campus two or three times a week and a Silver Creek Campus employee will be on hand the other days. An advisor will be there for registration.

The computer lab stays, classes stay and there was a hold put on any use of empty space by another entity, Swarthout noted.

There was discussion again on attracting students and outreach programs to attract students, as well as the fact that all credits will transfer to Arizona colleges and community colleges.

Ann Hess, director of Marketing at NPC, said that they have been to each high school in the evening, and sent flyers to parents, juniors and seniors inviting them to NPC.

Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce President Patty Matyas invited an NPC representative to make a presentation at the chamber’s March Lunch and Learn. The invitation was accepted.

Swarthout asked those attending to think of people they can recruit who would be willing to work on how to communicate better in recruiting students. She suggested names of people with specific interests in a topic, such as the library, be brought to the next meeting, scheduled at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Silver Creek Campus Symposium Room. Everyone is invited and all input is appreciated.