Edison president joins AACC board


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Larson highlights value of Edison

DAYTON — Edison Community College’s new president Dr. Doreen Larson took the stage to address the crowd at the second annual Innovation Index Awards held at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton on July 23.

The awards, co-hosted by the Dayton Business Journal and Dayton Development Coalition, celebrate nominated teams and companies that make a significant impact on the region’s economy with innovative approaches and solutions.

Edison was the title sponsor of the event which afforded the opportunity for Dr. Larson to speak to the room of over 200 individuals representing a cross-section of diverse industry leaders about Edison’s innovative history, stemming from its namesake, to its unique response to the future of education in our region as well as its impact on the regional economy.

“Edison reflects the uniqueness of the economy and community culture of the upper Miami Valley,” Dr. Larson said. “The agricultural and manufacturing sectors that dominate our economic landscape add diversity to the overall economic portfolio of the greater Miami Valley represented in this room tonight.”

During her address, Dr. Larson highlighted the value of Edison’s programs to the regional Dayton economy. “Edison’s programs contribute to our regional economic health by supporting and growing those businesses that require the large land spaces and natural resources afforded by our rural communities. Our vibrant small towns, convenient main streets, and thriving city squares are ideal locations for family businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups.”

Of specific focus within her address was Innovation Academy, Edison’s strategic and large-scale coalition of schools, career centers, employers, families and colleges which coordinates and leverages a myriad of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (S.T.E.M.) fields and S.T.E.M.-related initiatives to create an “Academy without walls.” Dayton Power and Light, who is “Powering Innovation in Education,” joined Edison as a partner in this initiative.

True to the mission of the College, Edison’s Innovation Academy is locally responsive to the needs of education and industry partners. In Shelby County, partnerships have been formed with Workforce Academy project of Sidney City Schools. In Miami County, curriculum is integrated with the Menlo Park3 program of Piqua, Edison and Upper Valley Career Center. In Darke County, Edison is part of the Partners4Progress.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recently accepting appointment to serve on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, Edison President Dr. Doreen Larson made her first trip to Washington, D.C., to join colleagues from across the nation.

The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The AACC Board of Directors acts as leading advocates and liaisons for community college initiatives at the federal, state and local levels.

Dr. Larson attended the weeklong summit to complete orientation and discuss various topics of importance, including America’s College Promise Act, College Completion, and other activities that impact community colleges nationwide.

“I am excited to share the accomplishments of Ohio’s Community Colleges with my colleagues across the country as well as glean new ideas and best practices from other AACC institutions to bring back to Ohio,” Dr. Larson said.

Elected as one of 32 members of the AACC Board of Trustees, Dr. Larson serves as the co-chair of the AACC Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is a member of the AACC Committee on Membership and Professional Development.

The mission of the AACC is to build a nation of learners by advancing America’s community colleges. The national commission supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media. Itpromotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education.

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Staff report

Larson highlights value of Edison

DAYTON — Edison Community College’s new president Dr. Doreen Larson took the stage to address the crowd at the second annual Innovation Index Awards held at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton on July 23.

The awards, co-hosted by the Dayton Business Journal and Dayton Development Coalition, celebrate nominated teams and companies that make a significant impact on the region’s economy with innovative approaches and solutions.

Edison was the title sponsor of the event which afforded the opportunity for Dr. Larson to speak to the room of over 200 individuals representing a cross-section of diverse industry leaders about Edison’s innovative history, stemming from its namesake, to its unique response to the future of education in our region as well as its impact on the regional economy.

“Edison reflects the uniqueness of the economy and community culture of the upper Miami Valley,” Dr. Larson said. “The agricultural and manufacturing sectors that dominate our economic landscape add diversity to the overall economic portfolio of the greater Miami Valley represented in this room tonight.”

During her address, Dr. Larson highlighted the value of Edison’s programs to the regional Dayton economy. “Edison’s programs contribute to our regional economic health by supporting and growing those businesses that require the large land spaces and natural resources afforded by our rural communities. Our vibrant small towns, convenient main streets, and thriving city squares are ideal locations for family businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups.”

Of specific focus within her address was Innovation Academy, Edison’s strategic and large-scale coalition of schools, career centers, employers, families and colleges which coordinates and leverages a myriad of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (S.T.E.M.) fields and S.T.E.M.-related initiatives to create an “Academy without walls.” Dayton Power and Light, who is “Powering Innovation in Education,” joined Edison as a partner in this initiative.

True to the mission of the College, Edison’s Innovation Academy is locally responsive to the needs of education and industry partners. In Shelby County, partnerships have been formed with Workforce Academy project of Sidney City Schools. In Miami County, curriculum is integrated with the Menlo Park3 program of Piqua, Edison and Upper Valley Career Center. In Darke County, Edison is part of the Partners4Progress.

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