Klamath Community College Pres. Dr. Robert Gutierrez and Vice-President of Student Services Julie Jenson paid Lake County’s Board of Commissioners a visit last week, updating them on Innovation Learning Center progress during a Tuesday, Oct. 29, work session.
Lake County School District No. 7 Supt. Sean Gallagher praised the video conferencing capabilities as a vital link in affording greater flexibility of implementation of higher education in a rural area.
Commissioner Dan Shoun addressed local students concerns of a loss of college credits and educational opportunities as part of the transition in education providers from Treasure Valley Community College and KCC. Dr. Gutierrez said he was not aware of this being an issue, and Jensen said in the event a TVCC major is not offered by KCC, the student’s credits still remain with TVCC and are not lost.
Jensen also said that in many cases students would be relieved to find that needed classes are available through KCC.
Dr. Emma Cornell of Lakeview, who attended the meeting as a guest, noted that free proctoring services are available to TVCC students until June 2014 for testing services.
Commissioner Brad Winters inquired on the possibility of utilizing the video conferencing services for educational opportunities at Warner Creek Correctional Facility. Dr. Gutierrez said a special contract for inmate education exists between the facility and TVCC, and was unsure of its expiration date.
This contract only applies to educational services while they are incarcerated, as inmates, upon their release, can transfer to any educational institution, Dr. Gutierrez said, also affirming the feasibility of short-term GED programs for those within the Lake County Jail.
Gallagher affirmed that plans are in the works for a formal ILC grand opening ceremony, for which a date is being developed around the availability of keynote speaker Dr. Nancy Golden, Oregon’s chief education officer.
Dr. Gutierrez and Jensen additionally provided the Commissioners with handouts that detailed fall course offering highlights in the ILC’s maiden term as well as enrollment statistics. The latter cited 33 students served in Lakeview by KCC, with 313 credits taken by Lake County students through KCC.
A winter orientation for KCC is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19, with winter term classes commencing on Jan. 6, 2014.