Centennial Newsletter - September 2012

Placement Emphasized at Professional Development Conference

Three different sessions of the Centennial Professional Development Conference Nov. 8, 9 and 10 will focus on placing graduates.  
A free introductory session, “Best Practices for Placement Success: Meet the Challenge of ACICS’ New Standards with Practical Placement Strategies,” will be facilitated by Commissioner Jeanne Herrmann, COO of Globe University/Minnesota School of Business; Dr. Tom Wickenden, ACICS Deputy Executive Director; and Torri Hayslett, ACICS Accreditation Coordinator. The interactive session begins at 1 p.m. Nov. 8. It will review the new ACICS student achievement standards and placement definitions. Findings from a recent survey of best practices utilized by the most improved and highest placing ACICS members will be featured along with tips from these institutions on how to achieve higher placement at your campus.
Two recurring sessions are scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10.     
“Meeting Retention and Placement Rates: How to Improve and Bring Change in Your Schools” will be hosted by Dr. Ruth Shafer and Dr. Burt Kaliski. It will examine a process whereby faculty and career service specialists collaborate to improve retention and placement rates in schools. In addition to Dr. Shafer’s work as an ACICS Commissioner and professor at Lindenwood University, she serves as an education consultant working with “under-performing” school districts. Dr. Kaliski is a former Professor of Business Education at the Southern New Hampshire University School of Business and former dean of the New Hampshire College Undergraduate School of Business.
“Placement Verification: Exploring New Frontiers” will be led by Kirah Rahill and her colleague Elaine M. Neely. Rahill has extensive experience related to placement issues after spending nearly a decade working in career services for career colleges. As National Director of Career Services for Medtech, Rahill directs and oversees the placement and externship strategies for 11 campuses across five states and the District of Columbia. Neely serves as Chief Regulatory Excellence Officer for Medtech. She is responsible for all regulatory compliance including federal, state and accrediting rules and standards across Medtech's growing network of campuses nationwide. Prior to her work at Medtech, Neely served as Kaplan's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, where she oversaw and interpreted federal regulations and assisted in implementing and ensuring system-wide compliance.
Register now for the entire conference at http://www.acics.org.

Committed to Putting Students First: Former ACICS Commissioner Charlie Campbell

Being a school owner and evaluating the quality of another career college in the presence of that school’s owner, Charlie Campbell found himself in a unique position during ACICS accreditation visits. “I always loved the fact that the owner or president or school director was so committed to the students,” he said. “They knew their own success was directly tied to the success of their students.”

Campbell, former Commissioner and Chair of the Council, served on many accreditation visits. He was the owner and president of Miami-Jacobs College in Dayton, Ohio at that time.

“In my conversations with the school leaders, we didn’t get into discussions of enrollments or numbers. We talked about how they were bending over backwards to serve students. To get them through the training and get them a job. I found it exciting,” Campbell said, reflecting on his visits to peer institutions.

The story of Miami-Jacobs begins with W.E. Harbottle, who acquired the institution in 1904 and subsequently left the enterprise to his five children, including Charlie Harbottle. Charlie, who operated the institution for many years, hired his nephew, Charlie Campbell, a grandson of W.E. Harbottle, to help operate Miami-Jacobs in the early 1970s. Campbell had spent four years in the U.S. Air Force with his final tour of duty in Vietnam. When Charlie Harbottle retired from the school business in the mid-80s, Campbell acquired interests from other family members and became the owner and president of Miami-Jacobs. In 2003, he sold the school, which is now owned by Delta Career Education.

Campbell served as a Commissioner for AICS and ACICS from 1987 through 1994, including as chair in 1992.

Setting Standards for Career Education: A 100-Year Perspective

Available for distribution during the Centennial Gala, the history of ACICS is captured in “Setting Standards: 100 Years of Accredited Career Education,” a new illustrated volume by Virginia author Bob Cohen. An excerpt explaining how the curricula of business programs aligned with contemporary technology, and the emergence of Gregg shorthand:

“Business schools adjusted their programs accordingly, replacing penmanship in the curriculum. Although manufacturer Remington offered the first typing courses, by 1890 the nation was dotted with 1,300 private typing and stenography schools. For many reasons, including pay and prestige discussed above, these seats were often filled by women. But women were also likely to be better qualified to fill them. At the turn of the century, female high school graduates outnumbered males by 19,000, bringing with them into the business office classroom more abundant literacy skills. Typists could outperform speed writers, but the pen still proved productive, if not for fancy flourishes and beautiful writing, then for practical dictation and note taking. Corporate America was proving to be highly hierarchical and shorthand proved to be an important skill in the rise of the modern office. Here, in fact, the need for Bob Cratchit or David Copperfield more precisely begins to make something of a comeback. Charles Dickens started his professional life as a court reporter, using Brachygraphy, an early version of shorthand.”

“A body of many different languages and techniques in Dickens’ day, constantly refined and enhanced, analogous to computer software programs, shorthand was turned by John Robert Gregg from an art into a science. Gregg began his study of shorthand methods at age 11. Later, a less than challenging clerkship in a one-man law firm gave him plenty of time to perfect his new shorthand system.”

Centennial Student Profile

Jamie Bissonnette: A Decorated Culinary Professional

Even as a child, Jamie Bissonnette was drawn to the kitchen, eschewing cartoons for cooking shows. Bissonnette’s passion for the culinary industry eventually led to his enrollment at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

While attending The Art Institute, Bissonnette earned an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts. Upon graduation, he traveled around the United States and Europe to build upon his basic culinary knowledge before ultimately landing in Boston. He worked in notable restaurants around the city, including Eastern Standard and KO Prime.

Currently, Bissonnette is a very busy man who runs two restaurants in Boston. Toro and Coppa, opened in 2008 and 2009, respectively, have brought him to the forefront of culinary success. Selected in 2011 as Food & Wine Magazine’s first ever “People Choice Best New Chef” and honored in the The Wall Street Journal and Bon Appetit, he combines a passion for creating new flavors and bringing together a variety of cultures in his food. Bissonnette spends his time prepping, cooking, talking with guests, and handling other business responsibilities.

“Opening a restaurant is rewarding, but doing it for myself was unbelievable,” he said.

Centennial Resources to Download

Visit the Resources page to view and download fact sheets, the Centennial logo, and other materials. ACICS has also created an online Centennial Toolkit to guide schools in planning local celebrations, to inform students about ACICS’ 100 years of history, and more.

Click here to view all related Centennial resources.

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Upcoming Events

  • September 28: Virginia Career College Association (VCCA) Annual Meeting and Fall Conference (Richmond, Va.) 
  • October 9: California State ACICS Centennial celebration at the CAPPS annual conference (Pasadena, Calif.)
  • October 9: Texas State ACICS Centennial celebration at the CCST annual conference (Dallas)
  • October 18: Missouri/Kansas ACICS Centennial celebration at the MAPCCS annual conference (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • November 8-11: ACICS Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration Gala (Las Vegas)