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Community Leaders join ICC in Strategic Planning Conference

More than 100 community leaders and ICC Faculty & Administrators came together for a Strategic Planning Conference hosted in the new Student Center at the ICC Peoria Campus last week.

The conference is the culmination of a college-wide, strategic planning process using input from ICC faculty, staff, and students to help meet the changing workforce needs in Central Illinois. The conference included presentations from academic leaders in education and career pathways. Guests gathered info and listened to panel discussions featuring the expertise of local employers and community leaders. All of our presenters and panelists graciously donated their time and expertise in order to help the college meet student needs.

The conference concluded with small group reflections and work processes in which our community leaders collaborated with ICC faculty and staff to develop strategic directions and goals that can lead the college in planning to meet workforce needs into the future.

Illinois Central College would like to thank our conference presenters, industry panelists, and community leaders who graciously donated their time and expertise. The college would also like to thank our generous donors CliftonLarsonAllen, The Finch Companies, and BLDD Architects without which this conference would not have been possible.

Video content from the conference will be available soon.

Strategic Planning Conference Presentations
Thursday, March 23

Welcome and Introduction from Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, President

Keynote Presentation : Educational Attainment and the New Economy
– Haley Glover, Strategic Director, Lumina Foundation (via skype)

Educational Transitions
– Dr. Lazarao Lopez, Chair, Illinois Community College Board

Panel Discussion : Integrating Student Transitions
– Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, Superintendent, Peoria Public Schools
– Dr. Walter Zahahi, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bradley University
– Susan Busenbark, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Rock Valley College

Aligning Workforce and Education
– Jeff Mays, Director, Illinois Department of Employment Security

Panel Discussion : Workforce and Education
– Jennifer Daly, CEO, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
– Tucker Kennedy, Director of Community and Public Relations, Ameren
– Andy King, Executive Director, Dream Center Peoria

Serving Adult Markets: Filling the Pipeline Through Innovative Programming
– Deborah Davidson, Vice President of Business and Workforce Solutions, Gateway Technical College

Panel Discussion : Structured Programs to Serve Adults
– Debbie Simon, Regional President and CEO, UnityPoint Health
– Thomas Aguilar, ICC Foundation Board; Alumni; Veteran; Caterpillar Inc.
– Clint Drury, Executive Director, West Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council

Friday, March 24

Welcome and Review of Strategic Directions and Goal Themes

Community College Integrated Model
– Dr. Susan Mayer, Senior Partner, Student Achievement Initiatives, Miami Dade College