I have gained a wealth of knowledge about PCC?and how important it is in our community from the one and one half year term that I have completed. PCC is a vital part of our community and that has become very clear to me with my intimate involvement.


Jennifer Larrison

Q: Why are you running for PCC Trustee?

A: I have gained a wealth of knowledge about PCC?and how important it is in our community from the one and one half year term that I have completed. PCC is a vital part of our community and that has become very clear to me with my intimate involvement. I grew up being a big supporter of PCC?and experienced a PCC?education first hand. I contribute much of my success today to the education I received from PCC. I?want to give back to PCC?and I feel like running to stay on the Board of Trustees that I can accomplish that. I Also want to influence the lives of our youth by taking an active role in their future through the great education they receive at PCC. NOTE: Larrison was appointed to finish the term for a former Trustee and is running for her first full term.

Q: What challenges face the Trustees??

A: The biggest challenges facing PCC continue to be the decreased funding for education and the other competitive forces such as other colleges and on-line education.

Q: What are your goals as a Trustee??

A: My goals are to be a solid trustee by continuing to participate in community college state and national trustee activities. I want to be visible in the community  and to show my support for PCC. Another goal is to help make decisions that aer best for PCC?and the Pratt Community by being objective and to look at many different scenarios and viewpoints before making major decisions.

Q: What is working well for the Trustees and what could be improved??

A: I believe that the current compliment of trustees on the board is a huge strength. We all have various backgrounds, which bring different viewpoints to assist us in making difficult decisions. An area that can always be improved is each of us finding additional time to be more involved with the legislation around community colleges and more active in the State and National Community College Trustee groups.

Q: What is your education background?

AI graduated from PCC in 1993 with an associate in nursing, graduated from Wichita State University in 1997 with a bachelors in nursing, graduated from Newman University in 2000 with a masters in nursing administration.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: Kansas Organization of Nurse Leaders.

 

Ken Van Blaricum

Q: Why are you running for PCC Trustee?

A: I am running because I have previously served for about 10 years. I am currently vice chair of the Board of Trustees and would like to serve as Chair, beginning later in 2011. I expect to be elected Chair of the Board of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. These leadership positions would enable me to work constructively to improve and strengthen Pratt Community College specifically  and the 19 state community colleges generally. NOTE: Van Blaricum was first appointed to the Board in 2001 to fill the unexpired term of the late Dennis Lesh. He has run twice successfully and is now seeking a third term.

Q: What challenges face the Trustees??

A: The most serious challenges is the problem of adequate funding for our college. State funding has steadily declined over the years, so we are faced with difficult choices, to offer first class educational choices for our students and for our community.

Q: What are your goals as a Trustee??

A: Continue to offer programs that are responsive to the needs of our community and to south central Kansas generally. We strive to furnish better quality choices for a very reasonable price.

Q: What is working well for the Trustees and what could be improved??

A: We have a good leadership team in place, for administration, faculty and staff. We continue to search for ways to serve our students and the community better for affordable prices. 

Q: What is your education background?

A:I graduated from Meade High School then from McPherson College with a bachelors in 1967. I graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1970.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to??

A: I am active in the Pratt First United Methodist Church.