Representatives From Denmark Visit Cleveland State

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Pictured from left to right are: (Back Row) John Proffitt, Adjunct Technology Instructor, Dr. Carl Hite, CSCC President, Rick Creasy, Director of Workforce Development; Dr. Mitchell Rhea, Dean of Mathematics and Science; and Dave Hudson, Director of the Small Business Development Center. (Front Row) Poul Kirkegard, EUC-Syd Representative; Hans Lehman, EUC-Syd Vice Principal; Finn Karlson, EUC-Syd Principal; Dr. Denise King, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Hurley Buff, Director of the Small Business Incubator; and Karen Wyrick; Associate Professor of Mathematics.
Pictured from left to right are: (Back Row) John Proffitt, Adjunct Technology Instructor, Dr. Carl Hite, CSCC President, Rick Creasy, Director of Workforce Development; Dr. Mitchell Rhea, Dean of Mathematics and Science; and Dave Hudson, Director of the Small Business Development Center. (Front Row) Poul Kirkegard, EUC-Syd Representative; Hans Lehman, EUC-Syd Vice Principal; Finn Karlson, EUC-Syd Principal; Dr. Denise King, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Hurley Buff, Director of the Small Business Incubator; and Karen Wyrick; Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Representatives from EUC-Syd in Sonderborg, Denmark visited Cleveland State Community College in an effort to set up an exchange program.             

Both colleges are members of the Transatlantic Technology and Training Alliance, or TA3. This is a membership consortium of more than 30 leading community and technical colleges, and several state system offices in the U.S., Europe and South Africa that promotes community colleges’ efforts to support their regional economies, and promotes the value and importance of a global perspective on community college missions.             

The TA3 also seeks to be a leading alliance in fostering international exchange and insight among community and technical colleges, particularly among industrialized nations.

“We are members of the Transatlantic Technology and Training Alliance, and last year on a trip to Denmark, we visited EUC-Syd and started talking about partnering with them because there are some things that they do that we can learn from and vice versa,” stated Dr. Carl Hite, CSCC President. “We liked what we saw during our trip, and they liked what they saw during their trip, so we are in the process of creating a M.O.U. (Memo of Understanding) which will result in what we hope will be an exchange of faculty, staff, students, and ideas.”

Dr. Hite went on to state, “We were impressed by what they were doing with sustainability, and they were impressed by what we were doing with our Math Lab.” (CSCC recently won the prestigious Bellwether Award for their redesign of their developmental math program.)

According to Dr. Hite, Sonderborg, the city where the college is located, is planning on achieving a zero carbon footprint by 2029. “They are using alternative energy sources a great deal and have really incorporated sustainability throughout the curriculum, which is ultimately our goal here at CSCC,” stated Hite. “EUC-Syd is a smaller college in a smaller community that really mirrors Cleveland, so we felt that this would be a good fit. Another plus of this relationship is that they are from Denmark where they speak English, so there would be no language barrier. Both colleges are doing a good job, but we feel we are always looking to learn new and better ways of doing things. I think we have some opportunities to create some new programs we have never done before, and I am excited about these new possibilities."


Cleveland State Employees Receive In-Service Awards

Two Cleveland State Community College employees received awards at a staff in-service.   Emily Hill received the Rising Star Award, while Sheila Smith received the Excellence Award.  The Rising Star Award goes to an employee who has less than three years and a minimum of six months of service to CSCC, displays a positive attitude and a spirit of enthusiasm, ... (click for more)

Lee's Summer Honors Program Has Record Attendance

Lee University’s Summer Honors residential program concluded another two-week term, exposing high-achieving students to numerous aspects of college life at Lee.  This year’s Summer Honors drew 173 students to Lee’s campus, an all-time record for attendance.   While at Summer Honors, students got a head start on their college career by earning six hours of academic ... (click for more)

Muslim Advocacy Group Questions House Arrest For Signal Mountain Man Charged In Threats Against Muslim Village In New York

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Saturday questioned the release of a Signal Mountain man who admitted to planning what it called "a Charleston-style terror attack" on a Muslim community in New York. CAIR also called for stepped up protection for the community targeted in the plot. Judge ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Tydings Is A Winner

One week from tomorrow the most important educator in the future of our community will start work as the new president of Chattanooga State. While I am normally cynical of beard-strokers and foundation-hungry dreamers who have little or no concept of the real world, I am convinced Flora Tydings will become the best thing to happen in our community in years. A grandmother with ... (click for more)