Madelyn Hill
Staff Writer

The Presidents Forum held on Oct. 2, showcased the many changes that are happening at LCCC.  “The pace of change is faster than it was 10 years ago,” said  Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., president of the community college.  Visible changes include, the college becoming the first community college in the state to offer an applied bachelor’s degree.  Another change is that the college participates with college credit plus with an increase in the program by 20%. 

     This increases the chances of  students attending college. LCCC would like to make scholarships more available to international students and assist with meeting their financial needs. 

       Dr. Ballinger wants to change the way college works based on the changing world outside of campus. “I have been a student here, I’ve walked in your shoes,” said Dr Ballinger, “and I know what you’re going through.”Others changes happening are not centered around education but the students’ lives outside of college. Many students need food, clean clothes, and transportation. There is an advocate access center in progress to assist students in need. 

The Commodore Cupboard is a food cupboard available for students in need on campus.
   “We continue to partner with the community about the transportation,” said Dr Ballinger, “we know that transportation is a big issue for students.” Dr Ballinger encourages students to speak of their needs. 

“We just have to make our voices heard,” she said. Dr. Ballinger hears the concerns from students and faculty and wants to make LCCC the best that it can be. Paul Warkentien, LCCC student, thought the event was an important opportunity for students.

        “This event serves an important purpose allowing students  to communicate directly with the college administration,” said Warkentien, “for example, speak with the president on issues they face every day.” 

Hannah McNeeleg, a nursing student, attended the event.  “The presidents forum was fun and informative,” said McNeeleg, “not only were we asked for feedback   and questions, but our faculty was genuinely concerned about our concerns as nursing students at LCCC.”