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Dennis J. Bona

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Background Information

Employment History

President

Kellogg Community College


Affiliations

Battle Creek Unlimited Inc

Board Member


Michigan Community College Association

Board Member


Workforce Development

Board Member


Calhoun Intermediate School District

School Board Member Member


Calhoun Area Technology Center

School Board Member Member


Western Michigan University

Adjunct Faculty Member


Michigan State University

Adjunct Faculty Member


Education

associates of arts

science

Ferris State University


bachelor of science

trade and technical education

Ferris State University


doctorate

educational leadership

Western Michigan University


masters

educational leadership

Western Michigan University


Web References(160 Total References)


www.trftimes.com

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Collin Peterson and several of their staff members visited with Dennis Bona and other representatives of Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls Wednesday, July 1.
In Thief River Falls, Klobuchar met with the new president of Northland Community and Technical College, Dennis Bona. Bona comes to NCTC from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich. Bona said Kellogg and NCTC are pretty similar. Kellogg is a little bigger, but with its two main campuses, there are more staff at NCTC. Klobuchar and Peterson wanted to hear what challenges Bona anticipates facing as president and what direction he intends to take the college. Bona has considerable experience with workforce development and intends to focus on it at NCTC. Bona, who officially took over as president of the college that day, said he needs to make some connections with employers to discuss their needs - met and unmet. Another challenge for Bona will be student housing. Bona said recruitment isn't a problem, but the college has to have places for kids to live. He said the problem is being addressed, but it's still a big problem. Financial aid may be another issue, depending upon what happens with the Federal Perkins Loan program. Perkins loans are low-interest federal student loans. Bona said some of the financial rules have been tightened. Bona said the college can't expect to offer these programs during the day and meet the needs of employees and employers. Bona said it's important to find a way to provide education to the work force. Klobuchar and Peterson welcomed Bona to the community, and added they were ready to help the college. Bona said it has been fun meeting people in the communities. He said the people who live here have a lot of pride in their community, and he's thrilled to be a part of community with that kind of pride.


www.prairiebizmag.com

Dennis Bona is introduced at Northland Community Technical College as the next president Thursday in East Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Forum News Service
The foyer at Northland Community and Technical College was filled with smiles Thursday as the school's president-elect took the podium. "It felt strangely enough like coming home," Dennis Bona said, referencing the moment he got to the East Grand Forks campus. Bona will take over the job of president July 1 when Anne Temte retires. With less state appropriated money going to NCTC in recent years, Bona said he hopes to address the problem of funding by developing strong partnerships. "That's one of my strengths," he said. "I intend ... to work with the folks in the community, particularly business and industry, and develop every partnership we can and leverage all the community resources to do as much as we can." Bona comes to NCTC from Kellogg Community College in Michigan where he has served as president since 2010. Before that, he also served in a number of other positions including welding instructor, vice president for instruction, dean of career and occupational education, and director of the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center. In 2014, Bona was put on leave at KCC but was reinstated and given a contract extension after an investigation found no evidence to support a claim he had been caught in a sexual situation in his office with a woman, according to the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer. Sundin also served on the trustee interview team that recommended hiring Bona. With NCTC's new academic master plan nearing completion, Bona said there would be a learning curve. The plan outlines future educational initiatives and provides a framework for implementing them. "I am experienced enough to know I really need to seek to understand how everything got to be the way it is," he said.


www.prairiebizmag.com

Dennis Bona is introduced at Northland Community Technical College as the next president Thursday in East Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Forum News Service
The foyer at Northland Community and Technical College was filled with smiles Thursday as the school's president-elect took the podium. "It felt strangely enough like coming home," Dennis Bona said, referencing the moment he got to the East Grand Forks campus. Bona will take over the job of president July 1 when Anne Temte retires. With less state appropriated money going to NCTC in recent years, Bona said he hopes to address the problem of funding by developing strong partnerships. "That's one of my strengths," he said. "I intend ... to work with the folks in the community, particularly business and industry, and develop every partnership we can and leverage all the community resources to do as much as we can." Bona comes to NCTC from Kellogg Community College in Michigan where he has served as president since 2010. Before that, he also served in a number of other positions including welding instructor, vice president for instruction, dean of career and occupational education, and director of the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center. In 2014, Bona was put on leave at KCC but was reinstated and given a contract extension after an investigation found no evidence to support a claim he had been caught in a sexual situation in his office with a woman, according to the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer. Sundin also served on the trustee interview team that recommended hiring Bona. With NCTC's new academic master plan nearing completion, Bona said there would be a learning curve. The plan outlines future educational initiatives and provides a framework for implementing them. "I am experienced enough to know I really need to seek to understand how everything got to be the way it is," he said.


www.trftimes.com

Dennis Bona
Dennis Bona Dennis Bona has been president of Kellogg Community College, Michigan, since 2010. His past experience also includes being vice president for instruction, dean of career and occupational education, director of a regional manufacturing technology center, and teacher. Bona has a doctorate in educational leadership and a masters in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, a bachelor of science in trade and technical education and an associates of arts in science in welding technology from Ferris State University in Michigan. Tuesday, Bona said he views becoming the president of Northland as an opportunity to have a major, positive impact on the college. He said it also aligns well with his career path and experience. In response to a question about his strengths in developing collaborative efforts between business and education, Bona said it's important to recognize that it's in the collective interest to create an interest in students to improve their education. Bona also talked about addressing concerns and doubts of students who are the first of their family's generation to attend college. Financial concerns may be a game stopper, but he said, because of Pell Grants it's no longer an excuse. Bona was involved in the creation of an "Opportunity School," for kids who are not successful in a traditional school environment. He said being in the Opportunity School had nothing to do with intellect, but the social or school environments prevented them from being successful. This also did not mean they lessened the rigor. In fact, he said they put kids in a college environment and stepped up rigor. When these students graduated, they had between six and 24 college credits, and they'd had a successful experience. The kids were delighted, said Bona. Bona said they were also able to provide technical experience to kids who wanted a technical education through a charter school they created. Instead of having the impression they were being pushed out, the students were given the impression they were being elevated. Bona said it's important to think about partnerships in different ways. When working with manufacturers and business, Bona said it is important to provide students an education that can be used in business in real time. He then discussed a project developed in cooperation with businesses in which poor and unemployed individuals were provided work skills, soft skills and life support to address the many challenges they face. He cited a 95 percent retention in employment among the students who completed the course. When asked about how he would engage other communities, Bona said it takes endless energy. The successful leader must go to a lot of meetings, and be a part of the community. He also said while a college may face budget constraints, it should not shortchange the investment and work in admissions. "That's the source of our funding." One of the obvious opportunities he sees at Northland is its aerospace campus. Following a comment from a local resident regarding an investigation involving Dennis Bona, one of the candidates for president of Northland Community and ?Technical ?College, The Times learned that according to the Battle Creek Enquirer, in 2014 "an investigation into interactions with college personnel" turned up inadequate evidence to prove any wrongdoing.


www.mcca.org [cached]

IV. Reauthorization and Core Indicators Committee - Dennis Bona - Chair A. Dennis reported on the proceeding at the OVAE reauthorization meeting on June 3rd in Detroit.B. He also mentioned that his sub-committee dealing with the reauthorization of Perkins would be meeting immediately following lunch.He invited all interested parties to attend this meeting.Meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.


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