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Waubonsee is your community college

Welcome to Waubonsee Community College’s new monthly column. Each month, a member of our faculty, staff or student body will author a column highlighting the work of the college and its effect on our community.

Since the 1960s, Waubonsee has provided life-changing educational opportunities for local residents. Our graduates are in successful careers in all types of industries, many taking leadership positions in their chosen professions. Waubonsee alumni are first responders, health care professionals, business executives and social service leaders. Many hold elected positions throughout the Fox Valley. Students and alumni tell us Waubonsee’s faculty and staff help them achieve more than they thought possible.

While Waubonsee’s values and emphasis on student success have roots in the college’s founding, this is an exciting time at the college. Waubonsee has devoted itself to helping more students earn a degree or certificate – valuable credentials in the workplace. We’re seeing results with record numbers of graduates.

Rapidly evolving technology continues to be integrated throughout the college, especially in our science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM – programs. Waubonsee is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to fund scholarships for students interested in STEM programs.

Waubonsee’s Brighter Futures initiative is another way the college is working to make lives better for area residents. Started in 2009, this initiative has included job and resource fairs, partnerships with social service agencies and a scholarship for those who lost their jobs because of the economic downturn. Brighter Futures also helps by packaging other career-oriented services. We’re committed to continuing this effort for as long as it is needed. In 2013, look for three job fairs in Waubonsee’s service area and $500 Brighter Futures scholarships for unemployed area residents. Visit www.waubonsee.edu/brighterfutures.

Through this new column, I’m looking forward to sharing the ways Waubonsee  provides opportunities and changes lives. Because Waubonsee is your community college, I encourage you to share ideas on how we can collaborate to make an even greater difference. Share your ideas with me at collaborate@waubonsee.edu.

Dr. Christine Sobek is president of Waubonsee Community College.

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