ERIC Number: ED333928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Community College Partnership.
Community colleges must assume a proactive leadership role to develop strategies that establish and maintain partnerships with business and other community organizations. San Juan College (SJC) has forged partnerships with a variety of local organizations, including governmental, civic, business, educational, medical, and cultural groups. Government and civic partnerships have been established with both the Chamber of Commerce and the Navajo Tribal Government. In addition, the college has hosted CoMex 2000, a regional conference of civic and government leaders from Colorado and New Mexico. To establish links with the business community, SJC operates its own small business development center and has joined four local organizations in creating the San Juan Economic Development Service to assist the county in attracting business and industry to the area. SJC's participation in educational alliances includes the establishment of 2 + 2 articulated programs with area vocational and local high schools; the Conference on Aging in collaboration with senior citizen groups; the Women's Conference; and many special activities for particular public school students. The college's Early Childhood Center not only offers special educational opportunities for children but also serves as a laboratory school for teachers. Recently, SJC was selected as a Beacon College in an intercollegiate alliance of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. In order to improve local health care services and education, SJC has fostered a close partnership with the Regional Medical Center and other local health care providers. The college also participates in the Fine Arts Committee, a partnership linking local artists, musicians, and patrons of the arts. Recreational partnerships include a collaboration with the city to develop an 18-hole golf course. Finally, SJC has acted as the catalyst in the development of a county-wide leadership training program. Through these diverse partnerships, SJC has been able to respond to community needs and gain broad community support. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Cultural Enrichment, Economic Development, Educational Cooperation, Government School Relationship, Health Promotion, Leadership Training, Program Descriptions, Recreational Programs, School Business Relationship, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Juan Coll., Farmington, NM.