When Chris Young, administrator of Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg, was looking for professional development opportunities for his team, the Global Leadership Summit hosted by York College immediately caught his eye. “The location made a big difference,” as their budget for training was small, he said. Having access to worldwide experts and high-quality instruction without having to pay for transportation and lodging for his team was huge. He brought four staff and one board member with him to the two-day event at York College in 2018, and says it was definitely a worthwhile investment.
For YC students in training to become teachers, an elite accreditation recently secured by the education department is making their degree more valuable.
The recognition is from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and it is the only national accreditation available for teacher education. The standards are more rigorous and the process is more comprehensive than with the previously available accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
York College is just one of three schools in Nebraska to have this level of accreditation currently, and one of 238 nationwide. It was a strenuous process that required a considerable amount of time and resources, but it was worth it for the future of the program, said Dr. Erin DeHart, chair of the Department of Education.
Major project impacts campus hub
You can tell before you enter the building that massive changes are underway in Levitt Library. Heavy machinery is parked outside. What was the main entrance is now an inaccessible plywood covered portal. Concrete, benches and landscaping have been torn out. Stepping inside the building is a shock -- most noticeably, there are fewer books. Flooring, ceilings, and some walls have been removed. Construction is underway and will continue through the summer months.
As the first cohort in the Second Chance Education Program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) prepares to graduate, the next cohort is gearing up to start its journey.
Twelve students have spent the last three years working toward an associate’s degree from York College, offered through on-site instruction at NCCW. It is the only such program in the state. One student was released prior to finishing her degree, but the other 11 are set to graduate in August.
York College has announced that a gift from a generous alumni couple will provide matching funds for new scholarship gifts, now through June 30.
The scholarship funds created will support all kinds of students, including those with high academic achievement, financial need, athletes, and performers. “These funds will help make York College accessible for every student who wants to be part of this community and is willing to work to make that happen. Right now students and their families are finalizing decisions and arrangements about school this fall and these additional scholarship dollars will make the York Experience an even more attractive option,” said Brent Magner, vice president for advancement.
Dr. Trissa Cox has returned to York College in a new capacity, as Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Information Commons in the new Levitt Academic Resource Center.
Cox and her husband Curly served at York College from 1994-1997, she in student services and he in athletics and education. “Across the years, Curly and I have referred to our 1990s stint in Nebraska as our family’s ‘Big Adventure.’ And who knew that another opportunity like this would come along?” said Trissa. “We have been having fun telling our children, grandchildren - and our friends that we have this great opportunity for a new Big Adventure at YC.”
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the York County Visitors Bureau and gifts from more than 500 alumni, parents, and friends, renovations will begin this summer to the Freeman Center Gymnasium, long-time home for Panther volleyball, basketball, and wrestling. The upgrades will improve the usability of this heavily used campus cornerstone for years to come.
“We are so thankful for the partnership of the community, local businesses, alumni, and many, many others who have joined together to make this investment in our campus,” said Jared Stark, vice president for athletics and enrollment. “These long-needed upgrades will mean a better experience for players and fans alike.”
York College announced today the list of Dean's List scholars for the spring 2019 term. Ninety-eight students were recognized with this distinction.
To be named to the Dean’s List, students must carry 12 or more graded hours and achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.75 with no incomplete grades and no grade below “C” for the semester.
It was a chilly spring Saturday on the York College campus as 67 students graduated during the morning’s commencement ceremony. Held in the Campbell Student Activity Center, the seats and bleachers were filled with proud parents, excited family members, and eager graduates ready to receive their degrees.
Ruth Carlock, director of York College’s Levitt Library, will retire this spring after 30 years of service.
Carlock began working in the library in 1972, while her husband Lowell was a student. She left in 1976 to pivot her career into teaching until 1993 when she returned to the library. She served for a time as secretary to Charles Baucom, and then moved into an acquisitions and cataloguing role. In 2000, she was promoted to library coordinator during an interim between directors. She was named assistant director in 2001 and director in 2012. “Ruth Carlock is one of those employees who shows up and consistently does their job, day in and day out,” Provost Shane Mountjoy said. “Her servant heart and gentle spirit will be missed by students and faculty.”
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