Isothermal Community College

Strategic Plan 2014-16

Community Partnerships

To get Rutherford and Polk county residents back to work, the College will maximize partnerships.

What We Have Heard that Shaped This Goal
  • Over 1,000 sixth graders spent a day on campus on our 2nd annual Science Day.
  • The region must promote and develop busienss/industry specific training that aligns with skill requirements of the current and future job markets. (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Isothermal Region. September 2012.)
  • The overall pass rates for first-time licensure test takers was the lowest in a regional comparison group.
  • Equine organizations and local economic developers are exploring ways to support and encourage growth in this sector.
  • The College met its targeted enrollment growth rate of five percent for high school students in fall to fall unduplicated headcount.
  • There is a growing regional need for employees with an engineering background.
What We Will Do to Achieve This Goal

Patriot's Aim: Collaborate and partner with high schools to create greater access to academic programs and career and technical opportunities

  • Maintain over 200 agreements with 2012-13 Community Partners
  • Provide free and confidential one-on-one counseling services for existing and potential new business owners
  • Begin development of an equine continuing education program based in Polk County
  • Establish NC Works as the primary job placement service on campus
  • Begin a partnership with the Rutherford County Arts Council to provide hands-on learning opportunities in theatrical production