Officials: Mesalands close to goals

QCS Staff

Mesalands Community College has completed 94 percent of its strategic plan goals and has had an increase in full-time enrollment of 37 percent since 2006, college officials said.
The Mesalands Board of Trustees were presented the results of the 2006-2009 strategic plan and the annual enrollment reports during Tuesday night’s meeting.
“We want to continue to grow,” said Jim Streetman, trustee.
The strategic plan highlighted construction of the wind turbine at Mesalands and funding for the North American Wind Research and Training Center.
Mesalands was one of the few community colleges in the state and country to see such a large increase in enrollment, said President Phillip O. Barry.
Mesalands full-time enrollment for 2008-2009 was 3,248 — 1,238 more students than were enrolled in 2006-2007.
The trustees approved a Facilities Master five-year plan, which outlines the building of dorms at Mesalands.
“We need to keep planning for the future,” Barry said. “There is not enough funds to construct the dorms now. By having the dorms on the five-year plan we can quickly authorize that project once funding is available.”