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William Alford: Candidate Profile

Mchenry Commmunity College School Board (6-year Terms)

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Wonder Lake

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Mchenry Commmunity College School Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 53

Family: Married to the wonderful Betty Bush Alford

Occupation: Wonder Lake FIREFIFGTER EMT

Education: Graduated from McHenry County Collage with a criminal justice degree in 2011 currently inrolled in Paramedic class

Civic involvement: Wonder Lake Fire Department

Elected offices held: None

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: None

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Ensurring our FIREFIGHTERS and POLICEMEN are trained to the highest level posible

Key Issue 2

The way the bookstore stocks and returns books

Key Issue 3

When I first walked into MCC the first person I came in contact with was recruiter, and was signed up for classes right then. Classes that I could have taken later in my education process. I wish I would have been met by an advisor that would have made me take Comp 151 and 152 very early to get me ready to write papers againsince I had note written a paper in 30 years. Then take the courses that were needed later on.

Questions & Answers

With enrollment up at my many community colleges, it can be challenging to keep pace as far as available classroom/lab space, the number of qualified teachers and available course work options. How would you manage that?

very simple Grow the Collage. get the best Instructors in place, and if we have the students and instructors use the open class rooms we have in just about every wing of the collage. Also open up more classes on Fridays and weekends, for adults that work during the week.

In tough economic times, many students (and working professionals) turn to a community college for its educational value. How do you ensure that a person's financial sacrifice results in an educational benefit?

By giving nthem the very best education possible

Is a tax rate increase needed and, if so, how do you justify it?

First and foremost I am not for more taxes unless it can be shown that they are benificial.That being said if a tax increaser can be shown to better the Collage I am open to it. I am of the belief also that lowering Tuition in these times of finnancial difficulty would bring more students to the Collage thus brining more revenue to the collage.

Community colleges provide many services to a diverse population. Is there a service your college should be providing that it is not, or reaching a segment of the population that it is not?

I truly believe a Live Fire Tower would bring income to the collage. There is a Tower there but live fires are not allowed. A training center for Utility Workers would also be very benificial.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the community college board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

Not only as a resident of McHenry County but also a Graduate of MCC and also a current student at MCC I truly believe I bring something to the table that is not there right now, and that is MCC Life Experience. As a person that has had to struggle both financially and with work and lack of work as well, I truly believe I can help McHenry County Collage Grow in the future.

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