Monthly Archives: July 2020

A round of Applause! for Tech Careers’ Sheri Alexis

This week, we’re applauding Sheri Alexis of Technical Careers.

“Sheri is such a STAR at LCC!” Andrea Tarry wrote in the award. “She has been working with me on the new transition from High School Articulation to CTE Credit-By-Exam, which has not been the easiest thing to implement, especially with COVID issues. She asks questions, she is a problem solver, and she is responsive and communicative! Thank you, Sheri, for working through this new process and being so open to trying new ways of helping students take these exams!”

This regular “Applause!” column features the good work you and your colleagues do around the college. It’s powered by Applause! Awards, an LCC-wide program designed to recognize you for providing excellent customer service. Know someone who deserves to be featured here? All awards are given by employees, to employees, and everyone is eligible.

A view of LCC’s resumed classes

If you haven’t been on campus since March, it can be a bit hard to visualize our new world of daily health screenings, masks and physical distancing. Check out the below photos of some of our classes from the spring semester that had to be paused and later resumed with an approved safety plan.

Top to bottom:
Students in a Lineworker class on July 13.
Students put out a vehicle fire at the Fire Academy on July 21.
Health screenings conducted at the entrance to West Campus on July 28.
Students in an Aviation Technology class on June 30.

Top to bottom: Students in a lineworker class on July 13. Students put out a vehicle fire at the Fire Academy on July 21. Health screenings conducted at the entrance to West Campus on July 28. Students in an Aviation Maintenance class on June 30.

In the news

Press clips for the week include:

Next week in the CTE

Library Services and Resources for your Online and WebEx Classrooms 
1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5
Facilitated by Anne Rau and Mindy Babarskis

Registration for fall courses now open!
Transforming Learning through Teaching
Sept. 8-Nov. 24
*Online Real-Time (ORT) sessions 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays will be required. A schedule will be provided by the instructor on the first day of class.
Teaching Online Certification
Sept. 4-Nov. 6
Click the title links to register for your preferred course. For any questions, contact Annescia Dillard 517-483-1407 or

Changes to the Annual Service Awards program

Each August, during Fall Kickoff, LCC celebrates its employees who achieve milestone years of service. We will continue this important tradition this year on Aug. 18, with some changes.
The college recognizes the value of applauding the important work of employees who have reached five years of service. Previously, service awards began at 10 years and were then recognized at five-year intervals. Beginning this year, LCC will also celebrate employees who reach their five-year anniversary.
To complete the one-time work of catching up employees who are currently between five and 10 years of service, this August, the college will honor all those who have already reached five years of service but not yet 10.
Unrelated to the pandemic, the college made the decision last year to change the way years of service are calculated. Formerly, employees were recognized if they would celebrate a milestone year in the coming year. Going forward, only those who have already celebrated their milestone year by July 1 will receive recognition during kickoff. That means someone who started at LCC in June 2011, under the old system, would have received their 10 years of service this August, even though they have only worked at the college for 9 years and 2 months. Now, that employee will receive their award in August 2021, shortly after they mark 10 years of service.
That change in calculation methods means this year’s service awards will recognize very few people apart from the five-year honorees, since most others were recognized last year.
Finally, the college also is unable to fund its usual gifts and awards this year. Instead, all honorees will receive a certificate of recognition, designed by our Communications and Marketing Department and printed in our print shop.

One Book expanding to become Beyond the Book: The Diversity Common Reading Program

The Capital Area One Book initiative is growing! LCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to announce the launch of Beyond the Book: The Diversity Common Reading Program. Beyond the Book is an academic, yearlong initiative focused on embracing diversity, equity and inclusion by exploring four themes:

  • Gender and self-identity
  • Diversity and racial equity
  • Global and cultural perspectives
  • Accessibility and advocacy

The purpose of Beyond the Book is to expand the dialogues, learning and engagement around themed books to foster a sense of community and celebrate difference. This program is designed to provide an enjoyable and positive reading experience, both inside and outside the classroom, and to reinforce the message of moving beyond book discussion groups to include the LCC and broader community in a wide range of social and intellectual activities.
This program promotes four different, thought-provoking books, providing faculty different options so they can choose the best book for their program and curricula. There will be virtual (for the foreseeable future) book discussions to help our community better engage with the various themes. Thanks to faculty recommendations and online voting during the past year, Beyond the Book is excited to announce the following four books and their corresponding themes:

  • Gender and self-identity, “We Should All be Feminists,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Diversity and racial equity, “There There,”  by Tommy Orange
  • Global and cultural perspectives, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death,” by Caitlin Doughty
  • Accessibility and advocacy, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin

With these four options and vital themes, we hope to provide an option for all LCC programs to engage with at least one of these powerful works. Stay tuned for further announcements and updates.

Book covers for 2020-2021 Beyond the Book selections