New Community College Program Breeds Excitement

Posted: April 4, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

A year of positive changes has brought “new life” to the Doctor of Arts in Community College Education Program (DACCE), says Director Gail Kettlewell. The momentum of the program set the stage for an exciting annual spring event on April 2 in George’s restaurant sponsored by the graduate student organization of DACCE, the Association of Community College Educators (ACCE).

This year has brought Kettlewell as the new director as well as a new home for the program in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and a more rigorous curriculum supported by faculty from around the university.

The DACCE event brought together current, former, and prospective students of the program with faculty, staff, friends, and leaders in community college education. Shown here, Provost Peter Stearns (left) greets Kettlewell (center) and Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.

“The faculty and administrators care about our program and want to see us succeed,” says Kettlewell. “It is a new life for our program in CAS and we are going to cause many things to happen that will make a difference nationally and internationally.”

DuBois “inspired” Joanne LaBeouf, president of ACCE, with his remarks on what makes teachers great and the mission of community colleges. “Our job is not to help our students achieve their goals but to help them raise their goals. No other institution has helped such a great number of people go from $7 an hour to $17 in such a short amount of time.”

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