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Dr. Mark A. Heinrich

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"I am thrilled that we are ..., 18 Dec 2014 [cached]
"I am thrilled that we are able to strengthen the partnership between Stanhope Elmore High School and Central Alabama Community College, for use in this community" said Dr. Mark Heinrich, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.
"We want to ensure that the students in this area have the access they need to successfully continue on their journey towards higher education," stated Heinrich.
I am thankful to ACCS Chancellor, Mark Heinrich and the Alabama State Board of Education for their full support and guidance throughout this community and educational enhancement project."
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Dr. Mark Heinrich (Shelton State Community College)
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Mark Heinrich Shelton State Community College
Alabama's two-year college system is a ..., 17 June 2013 [cached]
Alabama's two-year college system is a willing partner with business and industry for training and educating current and next-generation employees, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Dr. Mark Heinrich told the Business Council of Alabama's board of directors.
Heinrich, speaking Tuesday at the BCA board meeting, said "business and education are a natural fit."
"Working with the BCA is extraordinarily beneficial and gratifying to me," Heinrich said.
Heinrich said workforce development is growing in importance for the two-year system partly because by 2018 there could be a shortage of 5 million middle-skill employees nationally and 250,000 in Alabama. "There's an entire tsunami about to wash over us and I'm not sure if we're ready for that," he said.
Heinrich said the ACCS works with 1,200 businesses and industries. "We're excited about that and we're building more every day," he said.
Heinrich cited the successful Mercedes-Benz Industrial Mechatronics program at Shelton State Community College that helps train qualified students to work at the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International automotive assembly plants in Vance. Heinrich was the president of Shelton State when the State Board of Education named him chancellor of the 26-school system on Sept. 21, 2012.
Mechatronics combines classroom and hands-on study and training in mechanical, electrical, computer, and control engineering. The Mechatronics program is a partnership between Shelton State and the University of Alabama. "We'll be glad to work anyone on this kind of program," Heinrich said.
Heinrich said the ACCS, the Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute, and the Alabama Technology Network coordinate programs to assist business and industry. "We want to partner with any industry in Alabama to train and we will work with you to develop what's best for you and your employees," he said.
The two-year college system includes the Office of Workforce Development whose mission is to respond to current and future needs of businesses and businesses, he said.
Heinrich said the two-year college system's mission is threefold - academic preparation, workforce development, and adult education.
Q & A with Mark A. ... [cached]
Q & A with Mark A. Heinrich
Mark A. Heinrich is the chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. He recently was interviewed by the Montgomery Business Journal's David Zaslawsky.
Montgomery Business Journal: What are your responsibilities as chancellor of the Alabama Community College System?
Heinrich: In essence, I am responsible for the entire system, which means all 26 institutions; about 11,000 employees. We run somewhere in the 200,000 to 250,000 credit and non-credit students.
MBJ: Who are the non-credit students?
Heinrich: We have a lot of continuing-ed (education) and a lot of training programs. When you look at the credit (students) - it's more like in the 85,000 to 86,000 range. We touch so many different entities.
MBJ: Would you please give me an example?
Heinrich: Yes, one is our training for existing business and industry units. Most of our colleges have TEBI (training for existing business and industry) units. They will go out and will contract with businesses - large, medium and small - and run short-term programs.
MBJ: Whatever those businesses and industries need to hire skilled workers?
Heinrich: We can address virtually anything. If the community college cannot address that need, then the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), a division of the college community system, a group of industry experts that the community colleges can borrow for special projects. If there is a need in their area they can go to ATN and ATN will send in experts in that area to help ensure that we have the highest quality education
MBJ: Do you have an example?
Heinrich: In the general sense, ATN is working with the Chamber on a fairly regular basis and in conjunction with Trenholm Tech. There are ATN units all over the state - little pods.
MBJ: What is the community college system's annual operating budget?
Heinrich: We're basically a billion-dollar-a-year business - just under a billion dollars and that is everything.
MBJ: How many community colleges are there?
Heinrich: There are 26 and we have ATN.
MBJ: I read that there are a huge number of facilities in the system.
Heinrich: We have 172 instructional sites. Most of our community colleges will have additional instructional sites in an effort to deliver services as close to the citizens as possible.
MBJ: I was surprised to see the number of freshmen and sophomores attending community colleges. Please elaborate.
Heinrich: We run between 45 and 50 percent of the freshmen and sophomores attending college in this state are at one of our community colleges. We have a large number of college students that begin their careers at one of our community colleges for a variety of reasons and not the least of it is cost.
MBJ: What percent of those students will attend a four-year school?
Heinrich: It varies a little bit, but about 15 percent will go on. Our students when they transfer graduate at a higher rate at the four-year institutions than their native students.
MBJ: Out of dozens and dozens of programs about eight were the most prevalent at the 26 community colleges: welding (20 sites); administrative assistant/secretarial science (24 sites); child development (21 sites); computer and information science (24 sites); cosmetology (20 sites); drafting and design technology (20 sites); emergency medical technology/technicians (21 sites); nursing/LPN (licensed practical nurse) (22 sites); nursing/RN (registered nurse) (20 sites). Please elaborate on the emphasis of these programs.
Heinrich: Many of those programs that you mentioned are market-driven.
Heinrich: I think what you're seeing is that we have pockets of that right now.
Heinrich: The earn-and-learn approach. I was directly involved in it and that was the Mechatronics program with Mercedes. It was between Mercedes and Shelton State.
MBJ: How did the program work?
Heinrich: When Markus Schaefer first came to town as Mercedes CEO, I was president at Shelton State. I went over and said, 'How can we help you with your training needs? We want to be responsive to what you need.' He said, 'I'll call you.' It was three or four months later when he called and said, 'Will you bring your leadership team over?' Over the next six, eight or 10 months, we in essence stripped one of our associate degree programs of everything but what was absolutely essential, and with them at the table, we developed a curriculum that specifically met their needs and the first one was Mechatronics.
Heinrich: It is great money for a student and many of our students are a bit older. The average age of our students is 25.4 years and is down from about 27 years of age.
MBJ: That Mechatronics program sounds like a game-changer.
Heinrich: That's the earn-and-learn piece.
Heinrich: We are planting that in other areas already.
Heinrich: We do not have anything in Montgomery, but we're working on one right now in North Alabama at Drake (J.F. State Technical College).
Heinrich: I think it's a game-changer for the State of Alabama and I've seen it happen in some other states.
Heinrich: Yes.
Heinrich: They do.
Heinrich: I think it's quicker than that because the dual enrollment structure is in place right now. Our biggest hold-back is the finances, but the mechanism - the vehicle - is there. It would just be a matter of upping from nine or 10 percent to easily get to 25 percent pretty quickly if funds were available.
MBJ: How much would that cost?
Heinrich: To increase dual enrollment 25 percent in this state would cost about $10 million.
Heinrich: Gov. (Robert) Bentley put together the College and Career Ready Task Force. This task force is actually doing the work that needs to get done and the reason is you've got K-12 at the table; you have the two-year system at the table; you have the four-year system at the table; you have state government at the table; you have business and industry at the table. The governor has basically said that 'we're going to get this done.' He has a series of sub-committees working right now with a pretty tight timeline. He is interested in a specific plan coming out of that to address exactly what you're talking about: to make sure all these entities are working together.
Heinrich: It becomes kind of one-stop shopping for business and industry.
Heinrich: Most of the communities where our community colleges reside - we're the biggest employer.
Heinrich: Absolutely.
Heinrich: The trick for us is making sure we are listening and hearing what business and industry (say) and then translating that into the curriculum or programming that specifically meets their needs.
Heinrich: They absolutely do and they are really good to work with. Yes, they are coming to us.
Heinrich: We work with between 1,000 and 1,200 companies right now. The vast majority of employers in Alabama are the small businesses in the 25 to 50 range.
MBJ: All the facts and figures about the community college system are eye-opening. I just don't think people realize how large the system is and its impact.
Heinrich: They see the community college system as this little school that's in their small community and that's it.
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