Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples expects an increase in enrollment with the start of the fall semester Aug. 25.
The college may see enrollment of about 3,200, which is 16 percent above last year.
A number of adjunct faculty have been added to the instructional staff as courses and sections are added due to the increased enrollment.
Among the summer projects was relocation of two career education programs. Criminal justice and marine and small engine traded places in the west wing of the Brainerd campus, resulting in more dedicated room suited to training of law enforcement students in crime scene procedures, evidence recovery and analysis, ballistics and forensics. The project created almost twice the space previously available to the marine and small engine program.
The Campus Day Care, operated in conjunction with the Brainerd School District, has undergone remodeling for improvements in that facility. It continues to offer classroom space and serve as a child development lab for CLC.
New full-time employees this semester include: Rex Veeder, vice president of academic and student affairs, who began last May; Elizabeth Ahrens, accounting instructor; Corey Uhrich, heavy equipment instructor; Gayle Nielsen and Vickie O'Brien, nursing associate degree instructors; Jessica Herron, practical nursing instructor; John Saber, engineering instructor; John Richardson and Bill Holmes, admissions representatives; Bob Schafer, director of Central Lakes Ag Center; Jackie Extrand, one-year replacement counselor for Rick Kangas, now director or security; Lane Beauvais, Upward Bound adviser, Brainerd campus; Judy Marusak, TRiO Student Support Services adviser; Elene Pawlu, customer service specialist/manager of Brainerd campus information center; Susan Wynn, office specialist with CLC Foundation and alumni; Diane Breitling, customer service specialist in Staples campus financial aid; Michael Miller and Bradley Eidsvold, information technology specialists; Janet Gontarek, Career Project coordinator; Sasha Sparks, graphic arts specialist; Connie Moroni, Brainerd campus computer commons lab assistant; Kari Springer, nursing lab assistant; Betty Street, Staples campus library technician.
CLC employees working in new positions since the last academic year: Kimberly Pilgrim, director of the META 5-Displaced Homemaker program; Jeff Wig, dean of enrollment since the start of the 2008 spring term; Kelly McCalla, interim dean of liberal arts; Judy Richer, interim dean of Staples campus; Charles Black Lance, interim dean of students; John Redding, multi-cultural recruiter and retention specialist; Pamela Nelson-Hornby, management analyst/online learning specialist; Jody Flynn, customer service specialist in Brainerd campus Academic Center for Enrichment; and Jean Beckmann, CLC Foundation assistant/alumni coordinator.
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