TIS THE SEASON FOR CARING AND SHARING AT SKYCTC | SKYCTC

TIS THE SEASON FOR CARING AND SHARING AT SKYCTC

four ladies at Toys for Tots North Pole

Santa's helpers of SKYCTC work with Janel Doyle to
provide toys to the children or our area through the
Toys for Tots Christmas program.

With the holiday season set to kick off and spring upon us, many in our community need a helping hand. According to experts, the holiday season is really more about giving than receiving. This is especially true at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) where the faculty, staff and students of the college have developed a culture of caring, not only around the holiday season but all year long.

Caring about their students

Faculty and staff of the college go the extra mile by providing resources and financial assistance for students. They have established an emergency fund for students who need assistance, and nearly every employee of the college contributes to student scholarships through direct giving or fundraisers, such as the annual Golf Scramble for Student Scholarships.

During the holiday season each year, the College, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, sponsors a Christmas Angel Program to assist students who cannot afford to buy the presents that their children are hoping to see under the tree at Christmas. Students are asked to submit an application for either themselves or another student in need, and presents are delivered to the student before the Christmas break. Last year, departments and organizations from all campuses were able to adopt a child, making a difference in the lives of 18 SKYCTC student families and 42 children of our students who may not receive gifts otherwise this holiday season.

Caring about the communityLions Club Volunteers sering food at Salvation Army

Most of us have lots to share. Making a donation is an easy thing to do. Volunteering your time to help a nonprofit organization is great, too, but there are smaller ways to share and care that are also meaningful. Taking a meal to an elderly neighbor, offering an afternoon of babysitting to a tired parent or even just picking up litter so the park is nicer for everyone else are excellent ways to show you care.

Janel Doyle, a professor of the Office Systems Technology program at SKYCTC, has served as the Toys for Tots Regional Coordinator in Bowling Green/Warren County for the past three years. She also has a dedicated troupe of SKYCTC faculty, staff, and student elves that assist her each year in collecting and distributing thousands of toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The Toys for Tots campaign is a mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year.

The College also sponsors a food drive each year for those who need assistance, and the College s Lion Club Chapter collects items to donate to the Salvation Army where they also provide monthly meals. This year, they will also make available a turkey and dressing Thanksgiving Day meal and distribute gift baskets to the residents for Christmas.

Four SKYCTC staffmember wrap presents for Angel Tree ProjectCaring about our Military

Holiday Mail for Heroes is also something that SKYCTC takes part in. They will be collecting Holiday Cards from the college family to send to those who are serving in the military oversees.

At SKYCTC, we strive to authentically treat each other with respect, compassion and sensitivity, said Phillip Neal, SKYCTC President. We encourage all of our fellow employees and students to do what is right, maximize our collective talents and stress high expectations. We are united in common aspirations, goals, and rules of conduct in a caring, comprehensive, and harmonious community committed to excellence. This, in turn, introduces our students to what healthy, high-achieving organizational climates can be. Upon graduation, students take this experience into the workplace and strengthen companies across the region.

If you ask the students of SKYCTC why they decided to enroll at the college, some would say because of the affordable tuition. Others would say because they can obtain an associate degree and transfer their credits to a four-year institution. Others would tell you they need training for a high-wage, high-demand job, but most of the students would respond by saying because faculty and staff care about them as a student and an individual.

At SKYCTC, you re more than just a person in a classroom, said Shelby Poteet, a second year student at the college. They really care about you at this college and want you to succeed in life. Recently, The Education Trust, a national organization focused on academic excellence and closing the achievement gap, produced data illustrating SKYCTC with the highest graduation rate amongst Kentucky s community and technical colleges. We believe our combination of creating world-class expectations with a caring, personal touch facilitates this type of student success.