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Hill College to host North Texas Community College leadership conference


HILLSBORO, TEXAS—Hill College will host the North Texas Community College Consortium’s (NTCCC) 23rd Annual Fall Leadership Conference at the Hill County Campus Sept. 14-15, 2017. Over 200 higher education professionals are expected to attend the conference from different institutions throughout north Texas.

Hill College President Dr. Pam Boehm was elected chair of the board of directors of NTCCC during the Sept. 16, 2016, NTCCC board meeting. Her term is one-year and the process for the incoming board chair is to host the annual conference and serve as a keynote speaker. Boehm’s duties include participating in the monthly executive steering committee conference calls as well as presiding over the board of directors meetings. The theme of this year’s leadership conference is “Finish What You start.”

Seven Hill College faculty and staff members will lead conference sessions. Joe Shaughnessy, director of educational support services, will speak about the Hill College Library renovation project. Dr. Lori Rose, life sciences instructor, will speak about how to turn lecture-based units into project–based lessons and how to develop curriculum into community projects. Dr. Don Nelson, biology lab coordinator/faculty, will present the open lab concept to increase student enrollment and performance. Drew Proctor, Spanish instructor/ instructional coordinator, will present with Weatherford College’s psychology instructor/department head Romney Landis about bridging the gap between the college and the collegiate high school. Brian Bennett, welding program coordinator; Tammy Logan, executive director of community workforce education; and Dr. Kayla Kelly, associate dean of instruction/new program development will speak about workforce training for an underserved industry: RV technician. Tours of the Texas Heritage Museum will be provided by Dean John Versluis, showcasing the museum’s three divisions; Galleries and Collections, the Historical Research Center and the Hill College Press.

The NTCCC Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy (CLARA) will graduate the 2016-17 class during the conference and orient the 2017-18 class. Proctor and Bennett will be graduating from the leadership program and Paula Curbo, biology program coordinator/instructor, and Kyle May, criminal justice program coordinator/instructor, will be starting the new CLARA leadership program.

NTCCC’s mission is, “To provide professional development and growth opportunities through seminars, conferences, workshops, forums, and regular consortium-wide communications. To support member colleges and consortium-wide activities in institutional planning, institutional research and institutional effectiveness. To improve communication and collaboration among member community colleges and between member community colleges and the University of North Texas.”