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HCC's Collaborative Visioning Summary

Dated Tuesday, October 16, 2012

At tonight’s regular meeting of the Heartland Community College board of trustees, College leaders will present the results of Heartland’s “Visioning Phase” for future college development.

HCC’s “Visioning Phase” was the second stage of a five-phase process that allowed the College to collect broad input for future facility and program planning, and to better understand, anticipate and proactively meet community and local industry needs. Over the past year, nine separate industry-related focus groups were convened to share important personal and professional business insights. The Visioning Summary is the synopsis of that year-long dialogue, and will be shared with Heartland’s board of trustees at tonight’s meeting.

According to Dr. Allen Goben, president of Heartland Community College, the goal of HCC’s Visioning process is to maximize the College’s role as a community resource, thereby contributing to student opportunities for career, college and life success and improving HCC’s role as an economic engine in Central Illinois.

“Our team has done a great job of reaching out to our community and industry partners using this comprehensive visioning effort,” Goben said. “By doing so, we learned community leaders across all areas of expertise are excited to partner with us, and that additional opportunities exist to enhance relationships with business and educational leaders in our community. This kind of information helps Heartland to plan strategically for the future while keeping our programs and services uniquely attuned to the needs of our region. Overall, the Visioning Summary will inform our long-term master planning, enhance our current programs and initiatives, and help us to identify collaborative opportunities with additional partners.”

These efforts correlate closely to recommendations offered last April by the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) 21st-Century Commission Report, which encouraged community colleges to enhance partnerships with community, business, and K–12 leaders. Goben is a member of the national commission. He feels Heartland’s initiatives in these key areas are already ahead of the curve thanks to the development of the Heartland GPS: Guided Path to Success model.

“As a small piece of our much broader GPS puzzle, Heartland’s Visioning Summary anchors its industry recommendations right where the Commission suggested we focus,” Goben said. “Through our strategic collaborative partnerships, we’re creating additional access to opportunities while systemically structuring our college to support student learning success and life achievement.”

After acquiring 96 acres of adjacent land in September 2010, College administrators adopted a strategy for soliciting feedback from community leaders, academic colleagues and regional business and industry partners to enhance the College’s community outreach efforts and to purposefully plan for future. These efforts fall under “Serving as a Community Resource”—one of Heartland Community College’s eight Foundational Commitments.

Heartland’s board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the College’s Pontiac Center, located at 211 E. Madison St., Pontiac, to review the Visioning Summary. College leaders hope to use the summary as a resource for several years as the College considers other meaningful collaborative opportunities in the future.

For more information about Heartland Community College’s Visioning Summary, visit www.heartland.edu/visioning.

See the summary here: Heartland Community College Visioning Summary