Campus Safety and Security

As we are all keenly aware, safety on college campuses is a major issue. We do not take it lightly. To ensure greater campus safety, we provided Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (ALICE) training to all employees a few months ago. While that was a step in the right direction, we have added additional safety equipment. Beyond that, there is so much preventative work and investigation that goes on behind the scenes to ensure a safer campus.

Recently we installed the door latching technology, Bearacade.  Bearacade is a tool that the College has purchased and made available to employees, students, and campus visitors in the event  that “lock down” is a chosen strategy for addressing a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation. As evidenced by the numerous “active shooter” and other dangerous scenarios that have played out over the years at high schools and colleges (as well as other public venues), no entity (including the College) can eliminate all risk regarding such situations. Therefore, it is important to encourage everyone to become knowledgeable about options for counteracting dangerous situations and to actively participate in maintaining their safety. The Bearacade technology is one measure that we have taken, after an extensive review of various technologies and options.

There are several options for effectively utilizing the door latching technology, within the allowance of federal, state and local safety codes. The device may be left on the door but the pin may not be activated until a situation for doing so presents itself; permanently affixing the device on the door would violate safety/fire code. The College continues to explore, on an ongoing basis, methods and technology to provide effective safety measures for all those in the College community, and will continue to inform the College community of such measures.

We ask you to please inform students as to safety measures that are available, and how and when to implement those measures, including Bearacade. If you have any suggestions as to specific measures or technology that the College should consider, we would welcome those suggestions.

The College remains vigilant about campus safety, and will continue to explore and implement proven technologies for counteracting threats to the safety and security of its employees, students, and visitors.

 

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Enrollment, ‘Decisions Days’ and our Middle College

Like many other community colleges across the nation, we at MCCC continue to fight the enrollment battle. Our enrollment is much more stable than it is at many other institutions. However, the struggle continues.  Fortunately for MCCC, we have been able to supplant some of the enrollment losses on the credit side with gains on the non-credit/workforce training side, and our dual enrollment/Direct College numbers continue to grow.

Over the last few weeks, I have been privileged to attend “Decision Day” events at several of our local high schools. On “Decision Day”, students declare their post-secondary plans. Yesterday, I was at Airport Community High School, where 46 out of 147 have chosen MCCC. That is over 30 percent — a good thing. Last week I was at St. Mary’s Catholic Central High School where 10 out of about 70 chose us; not bad but could be much better. The week before I was at Whiteford Agricultural High School and Monroe High School, where we had decent numbers, especially at Monroe High School. Two weeks ago, it was our own Middle College, where 84 percent of the students who walked across the stage earned their associate degree from MCCC a week before being awarded their high school diploma. Now, that is success!! Our Middle College graduates earned an average of 59.4 college credits from MCCC.  Recently, our Middle College was named one of the top high schools in the nation, and last year, our Middle College had the highest average SAT score of any middle college in the state of Michigan. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at!

Everyone knows that I love the Middle College and as I have stated publicly, as long as I am here, they will always have a place here. Because they bring so much vibrancy to our campus and most of them complete their degree here. I know that not everyone agrees with my assessment of the situation, but that does not negate the facts.  Middle College students are leaders in Student Government and various other organizations and they stay here much longer than our traditional students. We are proud of our Middle College, and as we enrich and transform the lives of these students, they enrich and transform our campus.