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Following an internal search, the Jefferson College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Dena McCaffrey, Dean of Career and Technical Education, as the institution’s eighth president to succeed Dr. Raymond Cummiskey who will retire on June 30, 2020. She will become the first female president in the community college’s nearly 60-year history.
Board President Steve Meinberg announced that Dr. McCaffrey’s contract terms will be negotiated by the Board over the next month. Beginning July 1, 2019, she will serve a one-year period as President Elect to shadow Dr. Cummiskey in preparation for the transition.
Each year, Jefferson College serves more than 200 individuals as one of the state’s top high school equivalency (HiSET) programs in an effort to promote workforce development and employment opportunities.
The Jefferson College Adult Education and Literacy program is a free resource to the community. Through the program, students are able to earn their HSE (formerly GED), prepare for college classes, transition into employment, and learn better English. There is no cost to participate as funds for the program are provided through the federal Adult Education Act.
The Jefferson College Board of Trustees meets in public session on the second Thursday each month in the Administration Building Conference Room on the Hillsboro campus.
Those on food stamps are now eligible to get free training at Jefferson College thanks to the SkillUp grant program that provides free tuition and support services to individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits.
Through the College’s short-term training programs, SkillUp can help individuals achieve a new career path, obtain employment, and realize self-sufficiency.
To celebrate the opening of the new Jefferson College Vikings’ Vault food pantry for students, the College recently held a ribbon cutting and open house on the Hillsboro campus.
The event included an overview of the project and acknowledgment of the College’s Certified Professional Staff group for their role in suggesting and championing the project.