Work toward the goal of Achieving the Dream has begun! A campus-wide kickoff event was held Friday, October 23 in the SRC Arena. College President Dr. Casey Crabill opened the festivities by welcoming everyone. She was followed by three distinguished speakers:
- Dr. Steven Murray, Chancellor Emeritus at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. Murray is an Achieving the Dream Leadership Coach.
- Dr. Laura Smith, Dean of Student Affairs, Jefferson Community & Technical College. Dr. Smith discussed how her college Achieved the Dream.
- David Hartleb, OCC’s Achieving The Dream Leadership Coach. Hartleb introduced attendees to the Achieving the Dream process.
The kickoff event also included the “Dream Cafe,” a structured conversational process intended to inspire participants to think critically and creatively about student success.
OCC is one of only 16 community and technical colleges chosen to join the Achieving the Dream program in 2015. Achieving the Dream is a network of over 200 colleges working to preserve access and assure that their students, especially low-income students and students of color achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth and economic opportunity. To become an Achieving the Dream College, applicants must demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to spend at least three years working with Achieving the Dream experts to implement reforms designed to improve student success and completion rates on their campuses.
You can watch and listen to OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill discuss the Achieving the Dream program and how it will benefit students.