MCCA This Week: August 28, 2020

This Week
August 28, 2020

It's Morphin Time!

*cue theme song*

Go! Go! Power Rangers! 

The iconic catchphrase of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers made its debut this very day in 1993 on Fox Kids (RIP). The expression and variations of it have been used in the franchise's 27 television seasons of 20 different themed series and three movies.

So why are we taking you on a history lesson of the Power Rangers? It's because the characteristics of the Red, Black, Yellow, Pink, Blue, and Green Rangers—teamwork, action, and adventure—are reflected in our faculty and staff, now more than ever. Go with us here…

The challenges of the pandemic have forced us to rely upon those key characteristics to morph. Six months ago, we all packed up our offices and set up temporary workspaces in our homes. With only one or two weeks to plan, day-to-day operations and instruction continuity transformed via alternative modes. The summer months altered the traditional college tour experience and brought new ideas for flexible work and blended learning models. Now, classrooms, offices, and common areas have adapted to accommodate social distancing for in-person activities.

Like the Power Rangers, gifted with special powers and abilities to fight evil and save people, college personnel has also morphed, using their unique skills for transformative change and ensuring students keep learning.

To our superhero's, Happy #PowerRangersDay!


Today's This Week is 592 words, about a 4.7–minute read.

Conversations about COVID-19

  • Will it be "community colleges to the rescue" this time? (The Chronicle)
  • Colleges have installed plexiglass barriers in front of lecterns, required students to wipe down their desks with hand sanitizer and, of course, required everyone to wear masks to class. But are the professors and students ready? (EdSurge Podcast)

U.S. Education News

  • The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic has led to increased interest among employers, students and others in online certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships, microcredentials, boot camps and other educational programs. The credit rating company Moody's predicts that short-term credentials will extend beyond the pandemic. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Textbook giant Pearson has named its new CEO, a former chairman of Walt Disney International. (EdSurge)
  • C2ER is offering an introduction to labor market information and basic analytical methods that support state and regional workforce development strategies. (LMI Institute)

Missouri News

  • The latest copy of Financial Aid Developments from the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development is now available. The update provides information about recent changes to federal student aid programs. (MDHEWD)
  • Building Local Prosperity is a participatory community economic development planning and engagement process designed specifically for communities, counties and/or regions. (MU Extension)

College Headlines

  • Ozarks Technical Community College reported a 46% in online enrollment this fall. (Springfield News-Leader)
  • Governor Mike Parson was on hand to help dedicate the new St. Charles Community College agriculture and food science building on the Dardenne Creek Campus. (SCC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • 10 solutions for weaning off or quitting addictive social media. Not ready to give it up? Then give us a follow on Twitter!

  • No pressure, but you could help prevent a "twindemic" of influenza and Covid-19.

How are you, really? Let us know! 

Links you N2K (need to know):

  • It's that time of year! Renew (or join) your membership. Why? Because we're #BetterTogether.
  • DYK, our Annual Convention is going virtual? Registration has been open for a week and we already have over 100 registrants. Most college faculty and staff can attend for FREE! Join us to #StayFocused.
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