Campus collaboration

Jefferson Community College teams
with Midway, Sullivan

New courses now being offered at Carrollton campus

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (December 2004) – Two new and unique partnerships have been formed with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCC) that will benefit the Carrollton area. Sullivan University and Midway College have formed two different partnerships with two different focuses to offer higher educational opportunities to students enrolled at the JCC Carrollton Campus.
The goal of the partnership between JCC and Sullivan University is to provide students with the necessary education and skills to enhance their job performance, officials said. JCC can provide the necessary basic courses, while Sullivan can build on this foundation with a more specialized area of interest. JCC Carrollton Campus Director Susan Carlisle called this combination a “selling card” that will carry the student on to a higher level of education.
Carlisle said she had been looking for prospects to better service her students. She explored the possibilities of what the Carrollton campus had to offer and what students would need to do to obtain a higher degree. Since not everyone wants to travel to attend classes, and many students may work full-time jobs, the idea of Sullivan offering classes through the Carrollton campus is appealing to many who wish to obtain a four-year degree.
JCC’s mission is to provide a two-year program for students, said Lisa Brosky, public relations coordinator for Jefferson Community & Technical College. Five campuses – three in Louisville, one in Shelby County and one in Carrollton – provide two years of liberal arts, professional and technological courses. The basic credits earned can be transferred to Sullivan’s four-year program.
This partnership will “bring more opportunity and expand resources,” said Brosky. The biggest advantage is that it is for the benefit of the students, she said. “Open access is JCC’s goal.”
Students who are working on Adult Basic Education can also benefit by increasing their skills, and then having an opportunity to move on to the college level. This progression can eventually lead them to enroll in a four-year program to obtain a higher education.
JCC targets workforce development through its specialized training programs, which can aid students in accepting immediate jobs in healthcare and manufacturing industries. This valuable experience makes them appear more attractive to employers once they receive their degree.
Sullivan University held an open house on Aug. 5 at the Carrollton Campus. A lot of prospective students came by, said President A.R. Sullivan of Sullivan University.
The partnership to offer a bachelor’ degree program was agreed on more than a year ago with the goal of “benefiting individuals in the marketplace,” said Sullivan. As the largest, private independent college or university in Kentucky, Sullivan University has certain resources that JCC cannot offer, said Sullivan.
“As the marketplace and community continues to grow, we need to use all of the resources we can,” said Sullivan. In 2003, the university hired former Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet Secretary Allen Rose. Sullivan described Dr. Rose as “an important part to making it work.”
Rose was hired to work as a liaison between the college institutions and area businesses and industry, to explore and develop workforce-training opportunities. The result of this formal partnership will be to “look for and serve the needs of the community,” said Sullivan.
The partnerships between JCC and Sullivan University and Midway College will, respectively, “open doors for a lot of students, including myself, that had otherwise not been available to use before,” said Cathy Gilbert. Due to a full-time job and other obligations, Gilbert couldn’t have attended classes if she had to travel to Midway College in Midway, Ky.
Gilbert is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in elementary education through JCC’s partnership with Midway College. There are a wide variety of students in the program whose ages range from early 20s to early 50s, said Gilbert. The Midway College partnership began in August at the Carrollton Campus, and the Sullivan partnership may begin in January 2005.
These courses are not structured like a traditional semester, said Gilbert. The classes are organized in
units and referred to as “cohorts.” The present cohort will run through Dec. 11.
Gilbert is among the 16 students who are enrolled in this initial program. She described the class as an “icebreaker,” to test the waters to see how well the program will do. She said this first class of students is a like a seed she hopes will grow in the future. “We’re getting to be like a family,” she said.
Many students are from the surrounding counties of Oldham and Trimble and Madison, Ind. Gilbert said most students find the program convenient, and they prefer the small class atmosphere.
The faculty is made up of a mix of local teachers within the Carroll County school system and professors from Midway College, said Carlisle. She referred to this group of students as “charter members to build a program on.”
Gilbert will spend from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the next two years at the Carrollton campus to earn her degree.

• For more information or the availability of online courses, contact Carlisle at (502) 732-4846. Student interested in the Sullivan University program may contact Broskey at (502) 213-2400. For more information on Midway College programs, call 1-800-755-0031.

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