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Friday, August 12, 2011

Community Colleges: Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Marketplace

Join Genma Holmes for in-depth dialogue with educators from diverse backgrounds who teach and touch the lives of our students from K-12 and college. Also hear from parents and students throughout the month of August as well prepare our minds and bodies for back to school on Living Your Best Life Radio Show. Saturdays from 10-12 on 880AM, the Big Mouth!

Dr. Janet Smith
President of Columbia State Community College

Dr. Janet F. Smith was named president of Columbia State Community College in late November 2007, and officially took over the presidency on February 18, 2008. Smith returned to her native Tennessee following a distinguished career which has taken her to North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Kentucky, and Arkansas.

Smith grew up in Houston County, near Erin, Tennessee. She attended Austin Peay State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree with a major in health and physical education and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Following Austin Peay, she earned a Doctorate in higher education from George Peabody College for Teachers, Vanderbilt University. She has participated in post-graduate studies at North Carolina State University, Indiana University, Mississippi State University and Harvard.

Prior to becoming President of Columbia State Community College, Smith was President of Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas; Dean of Academic Affairs at Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Director of Extension Services at Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg, Tennessee; and Instructor, Department Chair and Division Chair at Isothermal Community College in North Carolina.

Dr. Smith is very active in the communities that Columbia State serves – she has presented at area and state conferences, clubs, organizations and events. She currently serves on the Impact Center Inc. Board, Workforce Investment Board, Maury Alliance Board of Directors (Executive Committee and Chamber Council Chair), Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Maury Advisory Board to First Farmers Bank, Nashville Symphony Advisory Council and the Family Support Center Board. In addition, Smith is Vice President of the Tennessee College Association and a member of the national advisory board for the Higher Education Research and Development Institute.

Smith is married to James (Jim) W. Fowler, who is a retired community college Librarian. They reside in Columbia, Tennessee with their daughter Alexandra Hiles.

“Education has been my lifelong work,” said Smith. “I am not just a believer in the value of education but a walking example of the impact of an education on opportunity and life enrichment.”

Dr. Stephen Jones
Author and Educator

Dr. Jones is currently Associate Dean of Students and Strategic Planning at Villanova University and CEO of SAJ Publishing. For thirteen years he worked at Drexel University as Director of the SUCCESS/ACT101 program. He is trhe former director of the ACT101 program at Philadelphia University and Director of the Metropolitan Career Center Computer Technology Institute. He has received numerous awards for his dedication to thousands of students. Some of his awards include Distinguished Toast Master, Toastmasters District Award Winner, National Society of Black Engineers Award and Black Engineer of the Year Award.

My Goal: My vision to reach 1 million students and parents to help them to attend college. My first book is titled "Seven Secrets of How to Study" and my second book is " Parents Ultimate Education Guide, Seven Secrets of How to Study Special Edition."

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