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Student Success Expert to Hold Public Forum at PCC

June 6, 2013

Kay McClenney to share insights on community college completion, developmental education

Tucson, AZ – A nationally respected expert on community college student success will come to Pima Community College next week to lead a public forum and Board of Governors workshop on college completion and developmental education.

Kay McClenney, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and senior lecturer in the Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas at Austin, will offer her insights and answer questions at PCC’s District Office, 4905 E. Broadway, on Friday, June 14 at 4 p.m.

“Kay is one of our country’s most well-respected voices in higher education,” said Interim Chancellor Zelema Harris. “She has a profound grasp of the community college student experience and understands what community colleges need to do to help our students achieve their academic goals. I encourage anyone interested in this important topic to hear her speak.”

Dr. McClenney also will conduct workshops on the same topics for College faculty, staff and the Governing Board.

In a recent interview, Dr. McClenney has called community colleges the engine of the American economy and the gateway to the middle class. She has authored numerous publications on community college effectiveness, strategic planning and accountability.

At the University of Texas, Dr. McClenney is a senior consultant for the nationwide Achieving the Dream initiative, which is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. She also has helped lead the California Leadership Alliance for Student Success and the national Bridges to Opportunity initiative.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850