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President Kolovani challenges college to make a greater impact in Hampton Roads

Convocation 2012 had a whole new feel, highlighted by President Edna Baehre-Kolovani’s first address to the entire college. To view her remarks, click here

Kolovani recognized the Job Skills Training Program, which graduated a class of 37 on Tuesday night, “creating a pipeline for them to get into the workforce. They graduated with honors and special achievements, with more than half the group having perfect attendance and achieving academic and life-altering successes.”

Kolovani challenged TCC to build on its reputation, to jointly, strategically and comprehensively make the college more impactful in Hampton Roads. The president issued the following calls for discovery to move TCC forward in shaping the future of the Tidewater region:

How can we nurture the power of partnerships to better our college and our communities?

“What do I mean by that?” Kolovani asked. “What binds us together with secondary schools and colleges in our service areas, the social service networks, the business community, the military, local and state governments is the collective interest to improve the quality of life for all people as well as improving the economic vitality of the area.”

How can we better our communities and change lives together?

Kolovani lauded TCC in providing access to students of all kinds. “What the college has done less well through these years; however, is maintain a consistent level and quality of support for successful student achievement.”

The development and implementation of a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan is key, she said, to enhance the opportunity for meeting the needs of students in all areas and to strengthen the core of the college.”

How can we appreciate each other and our collective and individual strengths and build on these strengths?

“Let your colleagues know that you appreciate what they do, let their supervisors know, let me know and let us celebrate regularly the good each and every one of us accomplishes.”

Kolovani is seeking 20-25 volunteers to be trained this fall or early spring in Appreciative Inquiry, thereby creating a pool of facilitators who can be involved in the strategic planning process.

How can we leverage technological and other resources with our human and intellectual capacity?

“Imagine what will happen when we validate what is best about TCC and build on that collectively,” Kolovani said.

How can we make clear to the communities, the businesses, donors, municipalities and public officials that their investment into TCC brings positive results?

Kolovani recognized the Southeast Maritime and Transportation Center, the Hampton Roads Maritime Transportation program and TCC’s research vessel, the Matthew F. Maury as significant initiatives.

“I alone cannot be the face of TCC,” she said. “Your presence at rotary, Kiwanis, other community organizations, school boards, business and economic development organizations will strengthen far more than what our slogan alone has achieved.”