Ashley Moen

JRNM 151 student

Dr. Johnathan Dryden spoke with students during “Pizza with the Provost”. 

Dr. Jonathan Dryden, interim provost and vice president for academic and learner services at Lorain County Community College, assured students that their concerns would be addressed during the “Pizza with the Provost” meeting March 22.

One of the major concerns students mentioned was the awareness and participation in the Rideshare program. This program eases transportation for students by arranging carpools with other students in their area.The program is not as beneficial as it could be, since currently the program lacks drivers. Dryden discussed spreading more awareness about the program, as well as recruiting staff members to assist.

The international students expressed concern about the White House’s proposed travel ban and how it would affect them. “I think it would be important to explain what the travel ban would mean for our students,” said Dryden. Dryden also says he will bring up the issue at the next Ohio Association of Community College meeting and said that a statewide announcement would be better than individual ones.

Several international students also mentioned that their living conditions were fine, but expressed frustration with the Wi-Fi; there would be times when the internet would be slow or would completely shut off. This made it hard to work on assignments that required a computer. Dryden assured the students that he would look into this issue.

Student senate member Jonathan Pataoli said several computers in the library were broken or would freeze and it can be a major inconvenience. Alex Moen, student senate president, added that the scanners were malfunctioning, too. “They worked for one paper, then froze,” she said.

Dryden said that he would address the issue, and if it isn’t fixed to let him know.

Students were also informed about a new change to the Veterans’ Club. During the summer of 2017, the Veterans’ office will expand into the Student Clubs’ office, which is connected to the student senate office in CC 203. There will be accommodations for the student clubs who currently use that office space. The plans are to increase the services and opportunities, not only for veterans, but also for their families, according to Dryden.

Additionally, Dryden expressed concern about first generation students and the lack of help when getting degrees, which is something he hopes to improve.

“Community colleges haven’t done a good job of getting students to complete degrees,” said Dryden.

First generation college students don’t have as much support and often get lost in the college process, which can lead to those students dropping out. With the use of success coaches and advisers, Dryden hopes to change this and plans to make these resources better known so students can utilize them.

Students also requested better assistant for transfer students, which can be a confusing process. The idea of starting transfer workshops was mentioned, where students could come and learn about the transfer process. It will be looked into, Dryden said.

Dryden was pleased with the feedback that was given and hopes to fix the concerns that students brought to light.