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Frank Flores: Candidate Profile

College Of DuPage School Board (6-year Terms) (Democrat)

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  • Frank Flores, running for College Of DuPage School Board (6-year Terms)

    Frank Flores, running for College Of DuPage School Board (6-year Terms)




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City: Glendale Heights

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: College Of DuPage School Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 53

Family: Single. Father, Frank Sr.(WWII 82nd Mother, Charlotte.

Occupation: Education Consultant, Community Organizer: Chair,founder of "Parents helping Parents" Program, Glenside Middle School. During the summer months, Certified Pool Operator, Glen Ellyn Park Dist. During the winter, Healthtrack Instructor/guard/asst.mgr.

Education: BGS History/PoliSci Minor Roosevelt University 2007 A.A. College of DuPage 1980 U.S. Army Schools; Academy of Health Science (Medic), Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces Underwater Operations School. Honorable Discharge.

Civic involvement: Board member/CEO of Immigration Solidarity DuPage 2010-2012, Blair Hull Senate Campaign 2008 Obama campaign (Team Wisconsin)Deputy field organizer. participant in programming from the DuPage County department of Equity and Excellence, Public speaker,

Elected offices held: College of DuPage Model United Nations (CODMUN), treasurer 2001-2002, Chair CODMUN, 2002-2004. founder and Chair Roosevelt University Diplomatic Society 2006-2007. CEO at Immigration Solidarity DuPage.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Pivot from a focus on edifice, to academic excellence; reflected in graduation rates, and transfers to four year institutions.

Key Issue 2

Continue with the community college mission, giving attention to vocational outreach, and programming that reflects the needs of the graduating Senior, looking to advance to a four year institution. Concentrating on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and addressing falling test scores nation wide.

Key Issue 3

Increase the application of public administration principles, and the effective function of revenue in programming, and less to the business model, that reflects administrative bloat!

Questions & Answers

The college last year engaged in a lengthy legal battle with the village of Glen Ellyn over local building codes and jurisdictional matters. As a board member, what would you do to avoid such lengthy conflicts in the future.

Deminish the juvenile issues involved; by the recognition of the historic tranquility of the relationship, and focus on good will negotiations, instead of an artificial atmosphere of brinksmanship, and urgency. There are bigger fish to fry among the issues related to the national crisis in education.

What steps should COD take to improve its relationship with the faculty?

Reduce the finger print of a business model, imposed upon a institution that needs to be administered with the intent of providing the best education possible. Quality at a college level is provided by tenured professors. A Masters Degree often does not have the same bang for the inspirational buck, as Doctoral instruction.

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?

Education, done well is the gift that keeps on giving. Statistics prove that the odds for better outcomes are assured by an education. Now weather a technocrat is broadly educated beyond a single task is another issue. Sometimes more education is the answer. I think it never hurts.

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

No, not yet, just reorganization of present focus, in time of course, due to inflation over time.

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?

Geriatric progams, and struggling student outreach.