This month's volunteer spotlight is Karen Landry, Director of College in the High School & Continuing Education, Everett Community College.
What is your best NACEP memory and why?
Only one? There are so many! If I have to pick one it would be the Jacksonville, FL National Conference. Everett Community College (EvCC) had our interview with the NACEP Accreditation Commissioner and Peer Review Team. After spending three years working towards NACEP Accreditation and the anxiety that comes with the process, I was confident we made the cut. Traveling to Florida created other memories for me as I spent the week prior to the conference in Key West, a destination on my bucket list. I also made some great friends at that conference.
Do you have any advice for first time NACEP volunteers?
Yes, don’t be shy! Each time you volunteer, you acquire new ideas to improve your own program and you make connections with others that provides other benefits to you as well.
How did you get started in volunteering with NACEP?
My first volunteer experience was reviewing applications for presenters at the 2012 National Conference. It was great to have a voice and a sneak peek at the breakout sessions for the upcoming conference.
What do you do as a NACEP volunteer?
I have served in many roles, including:
- Reviewer for conference proposals
- Session host
- Registration table assistance
- Peer review and lead peer reviewer
- Currently serve on the Government Relations Committee
- Accreditation Commissioner
Why should someone volunteer with NACEP?
Why not? The professional development for myself has been amazing. I have met people who have provided me with ideas to improve my own program. I’ve met many great professionals in the field that I can call upon at any time. I can’t imagine not serving as a NACEP volunteer in some capacity.
What do you do when you are not volunteering?
Weather permitting, boating. My life partner, LeRoy (25+ years) and I love being out on the water. Possession Bay and the San Juan Islands are our playgrounds. He fishes and sets out crab pots, I just relax and enjoy the experience.
I also spend time with my children and grandchildren. My four children are my four best friends. I and my daughters and granddaughter attend the Disney on Ice show each year in the fall. We ALL dress up as Disney princesses and go to the show. I’m Cinderella, naturally. After the show we go out to lunch in our costumes. It’s really a good time and has created lasting memories for us all.
What have you learned about NACEP and concurrent programs?
For years I thought our program was unique since there were very few colleges/universities in Washington offering this model of a dual credit program. Connecting with NACEP has opened my eyes to both the depth and breadth of this model of dual credit programs offered in the United States. I have also learned that while we are all providing dual or concurrent enrollment we all have very different programs. I am very passionate about the work I do and the impacts it has on the higher education journey of the students we serve.
Why do you continue to volunteer with NACEP?
I like to learn about other programs to not only improve my own program but I will admit, I’ve used examples as leverage for program changes with my college leadership (and it works!).
Banana Pudding or something else?
Cake, I love all cakes. June is a great cake month full of graduation and retirement cakes.