Member Spotlight – St. Clair County Community College
“St. Clair County Community College has significantly impacted southeast Michigan for nearly 100 years. We are proud of the high-quality degree and certificate programs we offer, as well as the innovative pathways we provide to our students. Thanks to the expertise and leadership of our faculty and staff—and their unwavering commitment to maximizing student success—our college plays an integral role in the educational, cultural, and economic success of our communities.”
– Deborah A. Snyder, President, St. Clair County Community College
Deborah A. Snyder, President
Member Spotlight Question and Answer
When did St. Clair County Community College become a NISOD Member?
The college became a NISOD member in 1996.
Why is St. Clair County Community College a NISOD Member?
NISOD provides our faculty and staff with added resources that enhance our ability to meet our mission of “Maximizing Student Success.”
Which NISOD benefits does your college use the most and how?
- St. Clair County Community College (SC4) faculty and staff members regularly read and use strategies shared in Innovation Abstracts. Several SC4 faculty members have authored pieces for the publication. The Monday newsletter, NISOD’s Weekly Digest is also shared with faculty.
- The college consistently engages in NISOD’s Student Essay and Graphic Design Contests. We are very proud to say that SC4 student designs were selected as winners of the Student Graphic Design Contest three years in a row!
- SC4 has a Distinguished Faculty Award each year. All nominees and the winner of this award are submitted annually for the NISOD Excellence Awards. The winner of the Distinguished Faculty Award is provided with extra professional development dollars with a primary focus on attending NISOD’s annual conference.
- SC4 faculty attend NISOD Regional Workshops. We are proud to be sponsoring a Regional Workshop, “Another New Paradigm: The MillenialZ and Educational Technology,” this September (Friday, September 20).
Interesting News Happening at St. Clair County Community College
- St. Clair County Community College—home to Michigan’s oldest community college nursing program—has a long history of leading the way in health sciences education in southeast Michigan. These programs are getting an additional boost thanks to a Capital Outlay project approved by State Legislature to support higher education job training and fund $4.9 million of the $9.8 million Health Sciences A.J. Theisen Building renovation. The renovation accelerates the expansion of programs, allows for a more interdisciplinary approach to patient care, and will serve more students via advanced teaching systems.
- In the fall of 2018, SC4 opened its Experience Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility that offers learners of all ages interactive exhibits on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) programming. In collaboration with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and its Unity in Learning initiative, the center is the only one of its kind in the region and is a popular field trip destination for K-12 students.
- SC4’s partnership with the Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA) and St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) is a model for others in the state and nation to follow. The BWMCA, which started in fall 2011, allows high school students to spend one extra year in school and earn a two-year college degree for free.
- SC4 is home to a growing number of prestigious high school and collegiate athletics tournaments and activities, which bring more visitors to campus and expose them to a collegiate environment. The college was selected by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as the host site for the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in March 2020, 2021, and 2022. Additionally, the college hosted two Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) basketball state quarterfinals.
Every month, NISOD turns the spotlight on the effective ways member colleges use NISOD benefits. These member colleges exemplify NISOD’s mission of improving teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.