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City: South Elgin
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Elgin Community College School Board (6-year Terms)
Family: Married, two daughters, three grandsons
Occupation: Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator
Education: Honorary Doctorate, St. Luke Evangelical Church, 2011
Civic involvement: Women In Management Fox Valley, African American Ministers Alliance, Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Elected offices held: N/A
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Ensuring Affordable Higher Education
Key Issue 2
Provide education and career-training program opportunities for the unemployed and those looking to go toward a new career
Key Issue 3
Building better internal relationships
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?
District 509 is a huge diverse and growing community. Every one learns differently. Teacher preparation is very important to student achievement. Teachers who are prepared will most likely stay in teaching and help students develop the knowledge and skill they need in the classroom. Managing and servicing a growing community, would take recruiting additional qualified teachers, encouraging online courses, tutoring students, and adding space to accommodate the growing population of students
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?
Going to school often involves financial sacrifices. It helps gain knowledge to make more educated choices regarding the future, (i.e.jobs, home, car and retirement). Many work places look for some type of degree or college education. With a college degree there is a better chance at getting a higher paying job than just having a high school diploma. And if attending a community college the tuition cost is much lower than at a university. However, making a financial sacrifice and getting an education will prove to be a great investment in the end.
Is a tax rate increase needed and, if so, how do you justify it?
No, I would not recommend an increase in taxes during these tough economic times.
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?
Elgin Community College offers an array of services and classes, and it is important for us to investigate new technology and innovative programs to get our students toward success. Elgin Community College must ensure that it services all segments of society and encourage equal opportunity to all of District 509 population.
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.
My role as a leader in the community alone with my occupation allows me to interact with many people. I believe that being on the Board of Trustees will put me in a position to help with their concerns on education. If elected I will work with the President, faculty, students and staff, to ensure program effectiveness. My hope is that we create and provide the highest quality of learning opportunities to meet the needs of our residents.