NORTH MANKATO —
Business partnerships include a cooperative program with the local police department that has established an on-campus police training academy for college students.
“It’s a phenomenal win-win partnership for the police chief and for us.”
Hellmich said his vision for furthering SCC engagement with the local business community is to make all faculty members knowledgeable “ambassadors” for the college.
He said that’s particularly vital in instances when SCC staff interact with existing and potential college-program partners in the business community.
Hellmich also offered his cautionary philosophy regarding the downside of decisions made too hastily.
“It’s much harder to undo bad change than it is to be patient with change.” _ Hellmich has served at Bluegrass since June 2006. He also has served on the faculties of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Santa Fe Community College, Indiana University, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and the University of Kentucky.
The other SCC president semifinalists are Annette Parker, a director in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; and Lisa Larson, vice president of academic and student affairs at Hennepin Technical College.
A new president is expected to begin duties in July.
Keith Stover, SCC president since 1999, will retire June 30.