To the Class of 2018

To the Class of 2018

You may or may not remember your high school graduation speaker. However, I hope this year’s TCC commencement speaker sticks with you. James Arinaitwe is from rural Western Uganda, where HIV/AIDS orphaned him at the age of 10. He was raised by his grandmother and was able to attend high school thanks to his own persistence and belief that education could change his life. Then he met the Drs. Cheri and Russell Rainey from Tallahassee, who offered to sponsor his college…

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Now that Florida’s 2018 Legislative Session has come to a close, I wanted to provide an update. This year, there were several major bills under consideration that impacted the Florida College System. One of the biggest was the Community College Competitiveness Act of 2018 (SB 540) which proposed radical changes to FCS governance with a central State Board of Community Colleges, revising the System’s performance-based funding metrics for the fourth time in four years, and imposing restrictions on direct support…

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Education Funding Should Include Support Services

Education Funding Should Include Support Services

Here at Tallahassee Community College we are proud of the students we serve. Because of our open door policy, we welcome a diverse group to our campus each year. They hail from 38 different states in the U.S. and nearly 80 different countries worldwide. Some come directly from high school, while others have not attended a school in years. Some arrive College-ready, and some need a remedial class or two. Many have struggled their whole life to make ends meet,…

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Parkland High School Shooting

Parkland High School Shooting

On behalf of the entire Tallahassee Community College family, I want to offer our deepest sympathies to those affected by yesterday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. To the students here on our campus who are from that area and may be alumni of the high school, please check your email for a message from our Dean of Students this morning about resources available to you as well as to all our students. The Counseling…

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New Year – Fresh Start

New Year – Fresh Start

In this blog, unlike most of my other blogs, I want to address our students specifically. There is a reason the windshield is bigger than the rear view mirror. As we near the end of 2017, instead of reflecting on all the many, many different things that have happened over the past year, I’d like to focus on the future and my hopes for 2018. At Tallahassee Community College, we are committed to the role we play in enabling you…

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Thanksgiving Wishes

Thanksgiving Wishes

This week we will be taking a break to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It is the perfect time of the year that we all should use to pause and reflect on what we’re thankful for. I am thankful for our students who chose Tallahassee Community College. That choice indicates their trust in our institution to provide them with the opportunity to earn a College degree. What an honor it is for us to be helping them with this leg of…

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Welcome to Fall 2017

Welcome to Fall 2017

It’s hard to believe that this fall marks the start of my eighth academic year as president of Tallahassee Community College. Time flies when you’re doing meaningful work and each year becomes more exciting to me as students, sometimes, accompanied by their parents, begin their academic journey toward their career goals. This fall, we will have more students marking their first semester in college than we have had in many years. To them, the single greatest piece of advice I…

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2017-18 Budget

2017-18 Budget

I want to inform you on the status of the 2017-18 budget that was presented to the Board of Trustees and approved today. You may not realize that TCC faces a nearly $4 million budget shortfall this coming year as a result of a $2.9 million cut in state appropriation and a projected $864,278 decrease in tuition and fees revenue. The Florida College System had originally requested budget increases to offset rising costs and launch new initiatives that serve our…

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Bridging the Gap in Gadsden

Bridging the Gap in Gadsden

Gadsden County has a special place in my heart. It was where my career at Tallahassee Community College started – at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, now part of the college’s Florida Public Safety Institute, back in 1999 – and it was where I began to fully appreciate the role that the College plays in transforming people’s lives. I spent eleven wonderful years at FPSI before becoming president. While there I had the privilege of working with elected and…

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Most Promising Places to Work 2017

Most Promising Places to Work 2017

Congratulations Colleagues! Tallahassee Community College has recently received a national award for our commitment to diversity. TCC has been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. This research-based designation recognizes commitment to professional development opportunities, equality, workplace diversity, inclusion, salary and benefits, and family friendliness. Only 11 community colleges in the nation received this prestigious award, which celebrates community…

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