ERIC Number: ED078815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Mountain Empire: The Community's College.
Before a community college can make an impact on the community, there must be an understanding of the milieu of the community and a shared commitment to the college's mission. To be effective, the college must provide direction to and receive direction from its constituents. A survey was conducted among approximately 15,000 adults in the service area of Mountain Empire Community College in Virginia to ascertain the quality of life of the people. Most of the students are first-generation college students from small high schools who did not participate in many high school activities. Most of them work and get financial aid. Coal is the only major industry in the area, a fact that slows community development and leadership. A substantial percentage of families fall in the poverty level. A sizeable number of residents are not community participants. The college has a number of older students, and there are a substantial number of public school dropouts in the area that the college could reach. The college is beginning continuing education classes for adults with five mobile classrooms. In spite of the community service and continuing education emphasis, the regular instructional program is still central to the college's function. An analysis of social and educational trends is necessary in order for the college to be responsive. Charting an effective course would be helped by a clear mission statement, community field experiences for the faculty, and a series of community days through the school year for discussions among faculty, community people, and students. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Mountain Empire Community Coll., Big Stone Gap, VA.