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Professional Development Assistant Director Completes Inaugural Certification Program

November 18, 2005 – A Melissa resident is in rare company after completing a professional development certification program.

Collin County Community College District Professional Development Assistant Director Roberta Jackson was one of seven individuals to successfully complete Level 1 of the inaugural professional development certification program co-sponsored by the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development and the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University.

“Completing the program has given validation to the work that I have done which is important since this is a new department at the college,” Jackson said. “This was a wonderful way to get started because I not only had the support of the National Council and Cornell University, but I had support from the college administration, the Continuing Education Department and from the All College Council.”

Eleven individuals from the United States and Canada started the program. Jackson was told she completed the program after submitting her portfolio, which included creating and implementing a strategic plan for the Collin professional development department, providing examples of successful programming and a journal outlining personal impressions of the program and her mentoring experience with Dr. Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.

The Collin professional development department was formally created in May 2004 when Jackson was brought on board to help run the department. The professional development department seeks out training needs in the college and creates programs to fulfill that training for Collin employees.

In addition, Jackson serves as co-chair of the Academy for Collegiate Excellence (ACE), a rigorous leadership program for Collin faculty and staff.

Jackson will begin work on the Level 2 certification after she has completed two years as a professional development professional.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.