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Response to MCC-bashing

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It is very frustrating to have one community member continuously feed his incorrect opinion to the newspaper.

The administration at McHenry County College, in my opinion as a trustee of the college and a community member, is doing a fantastic job. Vicky Smith has moved this college forward and created efficiencies while cutting costs along the way. The administration, faculty, and staff work daily with our college mission in mind at all times.

MCC needs the support of the community. We need to be looking forward, not back – growing programs, not reducing them. MCC has been a central part of this community since the 1960s. MCC always has been responsive to the changing times, while providing valuable education and training to our community members.

MCC provides training and other educational experiences that do not always feed into graduation statistics. In fact, many of our students attend MCC and transfer or get a job without actually graduating. They complete courses they need in order to move to the next level at their job. That experience is just as valuable to an employer as well as the employee.

Even still, MCC’s overall graduation comparison with its peers (other community colleges) is still higher than the average, with a 28 percent graduation rate versus a 21.5 percent state average.

Perhaps people needs to start listening to what our students– those we serve, say, rather than criticize what they don’t know or understand!

Mary Miller

McHenry County College trustee

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