By Carlie Connolly, with files from the Medicine Hat News
Medicine Hat College presented its new five-year strategic plan to Medicine Hat countil on Apr. 6.
“It cultivated over hundreds and hundreds of pages of data,” said Denise Henning, president and CEO of Medicine Hat College.
The plan fell into what they call their three pillars, and was developed from the communities to the staff.
The first pillar is the students.
“You know you’re doing it right if the students come out first, because that’s why we’re here,” said Henning.
Employees and communities and community engagement are the other two pillars.
Within each of the pillars, very strategic goals were set with measurable objectives for each.
“What it’s doing is moving Medicine Hat College to what we call an outcomes based approach,” she said.
The plan was being established within weeks of Henning arriving last May.
They had community consultations throughout their region and had meetings with industries and small business owners in getting the plan together.
The plan was approved in the December board meeting in 2014 and started January 1 of this year.
On a programmatic level, they are doing a lot of transformation and are using the strategic plan and the ends and outcomes from their board of governors as the pathway on how to go forward.
“It really has created our direction and where we need to put our emphasis.”
They have also talked to many local communities and have gone to Oyen, Brooks, Bassano, Bow Island and Medicine Hat.
MHC is also looking at a shift of who its is marketing towards, Henning said – not just students coming out of high school but adult learners and those who are underrepresented in post-secondary education like aboriginal learners.