Higher Degree: News

January 23, 2017

by Joyce Helens, St. Cloud Technical & Community College

What is leadership? We hear this question and a variety of answers every day, particularly about the lack of leadership at this point in time. Leadership is both a robust research area and a defined practical skill, but...

Joyce Helens
November 9, 2016

Good Morning from Philadelphia. A team of faculty and staff are with me at the 2016 STEMTech conference. We are wrapping up a successful trip where we did three presentations to attentive audiences who showed such admiration for the kind of college we are and what we have accomplished. We all...

May 21, 2016

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
May 21, 2016

What happens in the classroom is not always comfortable and convenient, but there are teachable moments everywhere, and when we take advantage of those, lives change and improve.

Recently I...

September 26, 2015

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
September 26, 2015

The St. Cloud area’s foreign-born population is 9.1 percent. That tells us about population movement, but it is the migration stories that relate true understanding of our collective...

May 23, 2015

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
May 23, 2015

In the United States, bigger has always been better. Bigger means we have more disposable income. Bigger means status. Nowhere is this seen more than in the housing market.

I recall...

January 24, 2015

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
January 24, 2015

National and state politicians are proposing that two years at public community colleges be free for “responsible” students.

President Obama suggests the federal government would...

September 27, 2014

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
September 27, 2014

Annually, those of us who work at St. Cloud Technical & Community College take a day to come together to plan for the future, both near and far. Although we rely heavily on...

May 25, 2014

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
May 25, 2014

It's that time of year when the academic rites of passage surround us. Graduation.

Predictable as the seasons, we go to school, moving through the stages of learning with small steps...

SCTCC
January 25, 2014

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College

Who’s to blame for the shortsighted “either-or” mentality regarding higher education’s offerings of liberal arts vs. technical education?

Well, I’d start with the Greeks.

In ancient Greece,...

September 22, 2013

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
September 22, 2013

The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time.

This year we have experienced another increase in enrollment at a time when the trend in Minnesota and the United...

Orion
May 25, 2013

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
May 25, 2013

Last week, St. Cloud Technical & Community College launched phase two of the Orion Project, called the Orion Summit, an all-day event for 125 students from the St. Cloud and Foley...

Higher Degree
January 27, 2013

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College
January 27, 2013

“You’re not college material.”

Was this said to you or someone you know? Within a two-week period last semester, I heard from several successful professionals and a student who...

Higher Degree
September 23, 2012

By Joyce Helens, SCTCC President

How do you increase the odds that Minnesota will be poised to retain and attract employers, be competitive for good jobs, and create and maintain a high quality of life in uncertain economic times?

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit...

Higher Degree
May 27, 2012

by Joyce Helens, President, St. Cloud Technical & Community College

A "wow moment" can change you. It can change an organization. We've seen it at St. Cloud Technical & Community College.

We begin every leadership meeting sharing "wow moments." Those first few...

Higher Degree
September 25, 2011

By Joyce Helens, SCTCC President

For decades, St. Cloud Technical & Community College has been a leader in producing skilled health sciences workers in Central Minnesota. But October will mark a pivotal point in our history as we celebrate the grand opening of a new 53,000-...

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