In their role as a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas, The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) Missouri STEM Workforce Innovations Network initiative (MoSTEMWINs) has complementary goals with the Massachusetts Community College system (MCCS) Guided Pathways to STEM (GPSTEM) initiative. These goals include accelerating entry into career programs, creating clear pathways to STEM careers, and improving employment attainment. Massachusetts’ and Missouri’s initiatives are similarly funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant program, and seek to bring colleges together in their respective states to improve the way adult learners access higher education with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
MCCA extended an invitation to Dr. Cristy Sugarman, Director, Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing of North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts, to present her experiences and insights to MCCA consortium members at their annual convention being held this year in Branson, Missouri in November. Dr. Sugarman led Massachusetts’ statewide Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) initiative —and will share how MCCS created an adult-friendly culture, established process and policy to support it, and implemented solutions to ensure student success.
Because of fivestar*’s role as technology partner in the MCCS GPSTEM initiative, Dave Colaizzi, CEO and CTO, will co-present the session, demonstrating how innovative technology solutions help integrate and manage career pathway data and processes — enhancing collaboration and efficiencies among the consortium while creating positive outcomes for students in both education and employment.
For more information about the MCCA Annual Convention, visit the event’s website.