August 2019 Update | BCTC

August 2019 Update

This is such an exciting time of year at BCTC as we prepare to welcome our students back this month. We are busy getting our facilities cleaned and upgraded for students, hiring staff and faculty and preparing action plans for departments to serve students, and planning courses and lessons to engage our students in the classroom in a couple of weeks.

We also put into place July 1, some organizational updates. First, regional campus directors will now report to Dr. Greg Feeney, vice president, Academic and Workforce Development. To align the regional campuses with college initiatives and academic priorities, campus directors will attend monthly ALT meetings. In addition, each campus will have a full- time student development officer who will report to the campus director to increase flexibility and nimbleness as we serve students and the local community. In addition, the Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness (IPRE) and SACS oversight are under Dr. Feeney's leadership to improve data alignment and management for reporting and performance improvement.

Second, what is now Multiculturalism and Inclusion will become Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and report to Dr. Palisa Williams Rushin, vice president, Student Development and Enrollment Management. The associate vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will lead this area; we currently have this position advertised. Our goal is to integrate this very important function of our college into all aspects of student development.

The above activities are focused on one goal: student success, which is a product of what each one of us contributes to at BCTC, regardless of job descriptions. Each one of us is needed to fulfill our mission of putting Students First.

As you meditate upon your role in here at BCTC, I hope you are focusing on the "why." Why did you choose your profession? Why do you come to work every day or give your resources to the college? Simon Sinek, author and motivational speaker, famous for the "why" Ted Talk said, "People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe."

If I were able to personally ask this question to each one of you, I would guess that your "why" centers around a student, and what you do every day proves that you believe in student success. This is our focus, our passion, our "why."

Sinek also said, "When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment." Together, we can find this lasting fulfillment as we put students first this year.

In fact, we are so enthusiastic about this that we are going to feature your "why" stories around campus, in social media and on the website. We encourage you to go to the webpage we've set up to ask, "What is YOUR why?" and tell us. I look forward to reading and sharing these stories that collectively answer the BCTC "why."

Thank you for joining me in this great adventure of serving our students and communities. It's going to be a great year!

Dr. Koffi Akakpo