2017 August - First Friday Letter
It’s hard to believe the fall semester at Lewis-Clark State College is just a couple of weeks away. The fall admission application deadline is Aug. 8, New Student Orientation is Aug. 18, and classes begin Aug. 21. The college will once again come alive with the energy of 4,000 students. With new programs, faces, initiatives, and even a new mission statement, LCSC is poised for another great year.
Accepted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in July, I’m excited to announce that LCSC’s new mission statement is: “Lewis-Clark State College prepares students to become successful leaders, engaged citizens, and lifelong learners,” and our three core themes are (1) Opportunity: Expand access to higher education and lifelong learning, (2) Success: Ensure attainment of educational goals through excellent instruction in a supportive learning environment, and (3) Partnerships: Engage with educational institutions, the business sector, and the community for the benefit of students and the region. This succinct mission statement is right on target and the core themes will prove invaluable as we chart the institution’s course for not only this year but for years to come. I thank Provost Lori Stinson for spearheading the project and the many faculty and staff members who provided feedback and guidance.
One piece of news that ties directly to the college putting students first is the recent hire of a veterans services coordinator. I’m pleased to announce that Stephen Tamm, a former marine and graduate of West Texas A&M University, assumed the post on July 31. LCSC administrators and students have expressed the need for support of our veterans and we’re proud to better serve this deserving segment of our student body.
In other summer news, Lewis-Clark State College is currently preparing its annual performance report to the Idaho State Board of Education, and I believe our list of performance highlights from 2016-17, which certainly is not all-inclusive, is impressive. I’d like to use the remainder of this letter to share it with you.
- RECORD NUMBER OF GRADUATES: Lewis-Clark State College once again set records for number of graduates (851) and degrees awarded (1,005) in 2016-17. LCSC has seen a record number of students graduate in seven of the past nine years, including the past three.
- NEW CTE CENTER: The Idaho Legislature designated $10 million toward a new Career & Technical Education (CTE) facility in the Lewiston Orchards. It will be adjacent to the new Lewiston High School and will serve as a regional CTE center for area high schools. The 100,000-square-foot facility will house Technical & Industrial Division programs.
- MANUFACTURING GRANT: LCSC is part of a consortium that received an $840K National Science Foundation grant to help regional metal manufacturers address their workforce needs.
- PARTNERING WITH INDUSTRY: Two new CTE programs were added for fall 2017 thanks to strong collaboration with the Clearwater Paper Corporation. Much-needed programs were developed in industrial maintenance/millwright technology and instrument mechanic technology.
- ENROLLMENT GROWTH: LCSC saw an 8 percent increase, tied for the largest increase in Idaho, in enrollment in the fall. Growth was across the board: transfers, direct from Idaho high schools, and dual credit. LCSC has seen three straight years of enrollment growth and is up 26 percent over past 10 years.
- WORLD SERIES EXTENSION: LCSC’s Avista-NAIA World Series contract was extended for two more years. Harris Field, with all the new upgrades to Ed Cheff Stadium, will be home to the Series through 2021.
- CAMP PROGRAM: A $2 million grant brought back the College Assistance Migrant Program, a federally funded educational support and scholarship program which helps students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds to reach and succeed in college. The grant will support 30 students per academic year and the funding will be in place for five years.
- WORK SCHOLARS: The Work Scholars program, the only one of its kind in Idaho, grew in size from 20 students in the spring of 2016 to 27 students in the spring of 2017. Continued expansion is expected as the program has grown to 45 students to begin fall of 2017.
- SCHOLAR ATHLETES: Nine varsity athletic teams made the 2016-17 NAIA Scholar Team list. They include women’s basketball, cross country, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and tennis as well as men’s cross country, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and tennis.
- NATIONAL CHAMPS, AGAIN: The Warrior baseball team won its 19th national championship at the Avista-NAIA World Series, hosted at LCSC’s Harris field for the 26th time. The LCSC women’s basketball team also had a great season as it went 35-2 and finished as national runner-up, advancing to the title game for the first time in school history.
With your continued support I have no doubt the 2017-18 academic year will be even more successful.
J. Anthony Fernandez
President, Lewis-Clark State College