March 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: March 11, 2013

Overcoming challenges

TO THE EDITOR: For the past 26 years, I have been the information technology director at Clinton Community College.

I have witnessed many changes, but one thing that has not changed is the college’s commitment to provide a quality education for every person who walks through its doors.

The current financial situation is very similar to what the college faced in the mid ‘90s with the closure of Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The road to recovery back then began with strong leadership from the Board of Trustees and President Jay Fennell.

With the entire college working as one team, we have restored the college’s health and have actually surpassed the glory days of the mid ‘90s.

For the last three years, I have had the pleasure to work closely with our new leader. President Jablonski has always been respectful, open and honest.

Starting with his first day on the job, he has worked hard to improve college communication. He instituted regular town hall meetings, fireside chats and weekly updates on college initiatives and general information.

After two years of low turnout, the town hall meetings and fireside chats were put on hold, but he has diligently continued to provide weekly updates to the college community.

Although the past year has been difficult, we have accomplished much. We had a record number of Presidential Scholars, record high-school enrollment, near record number of graduates and 100 percent pass rate on the national nursing license exam.

In these trying times, I have full confidence in our leadership team, starting with the Board of Trustees and President Jablonski.

Working together as one team, we will succeed in overcoming the current challenges as we have in the past and continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities to the residents of Clinton County and beyond.

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