Places to work In Community Colleges - Most Promising Diverse 2015

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has been named one of the 2015 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University.

The study was a joint effort between CHEE, Diverse Issues in Higher Education and NISOD, a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor and director of the CHEE, conducted the study.

With the studys focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment, CHEE researchers used a web-based survey approach to elicit information such as family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities, to name a few. A multipart, weighted algorithm is used to classify the responding institutions in the final phase of analysis.

Highlights of the 16 most promising institutions for 2015 will be released in the May 21 edition of Diverse magazine.

We are honored to be among the nations most promising places to work, said BSCTC Interim President Dr. Charles V. Chrestman. This recognition reflects the commitment our employees have to our students, the college and the communities we serve.

BSCTC has four campuses (Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Mayo and Hager Hill). This year, the college conferred degrees to 520 students and awarded more than 1,500 credentials.

I am extremely excited about this years honorees, said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD's Executive Director. These community and technical colleges are very deserving of this recognition because of their outstanding work to enhance equality, diversity, and inclusion across their campuses.

Ralph Newell, vice president of business development and technology for Diverse, remarked, We were excited to see the geographic diversity of the schools recognized. We were even more pleased that these community colleges are not the more recognizable systems nationally, it speaks to the fact you dont have to have a big name to succeed and do great work.

And as principal investigator, Terrell Strayhorn shared, CHEE is excited about releasing the results from the 2015 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges study and we share this enthusiasm with our partners at NISOD and Diverse. This study yields insight into diversity practice at the nations community colleges and offers a useful tool for employers, career services staff, and jobseekers across the country. We hope it serves as a tool for the broader community college enterprise

The list of the 2015 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges (in alphabetical order) is:

  • Albany Technical College (Albany, GA)
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College (Prestonsburg, KY)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC)
  • Genesee Community College (Batavia, NY)
  • Illinois Central College (East Peoria, IL)
  • Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
  • Lorain County Community College (Elyria, OH)
  • Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke, PA)
  • Mountain View College (Dallas, TX)
  • New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs, NM)
  • Piedmont Technical College (Greenwood, SC)
  • Seward County Community College and Area Technical School (Liberal, KS)
  • South Florida State College (Avon Park, FL)
  • Southwest Virginia Community College (Richlands, VA)
  • Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Zane State College (Zanesville, OH)