Pros – Ability to influence students, independence in work
Cons – Part-time schedule, some students not willing to learn (attitudes)
Pros – Front line staff, for the most part are dedicated to students. Faculty for the most part are also dedicated to student success.
Cons – Much of the faculty have no interest in innovation or improving their teaching styles/methods. There is continual upheaval within staffing/administration. Administration has generally poor communication with campus staff. College as a whole as no commitment to diversity and supporting their increasingly diverse student body. As a result the students greatly suffer.
Advice to Senior Management – Rereview the colleges mission/values/goals and adhere to them. ATC as a part of MNSCU should have diversity and inclusivity as a main goal. It is clear from the make-up of the staff/faculty that this is not a priority for the campus. Faculty and staff could really benefit from diversity/multicultural sensitivity training if the college wants to stay relevant.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Open to new ideas & program improvements (though they are a bit resistant to change implementation). Great Benefits, Great Hours, Summers off (or additional work available for additional pay for summer courses). There are a lot of great people working there, who like to try new things & make improvements. The students were wonderful and there is a definite push for non-traditional students to attend, though administration was resistant to holding many evening & weekend courses. Top-down communication was often lacking and was being worked on when I left. ATC did achieve HLC accreditation while I was employed there. This is a great place to work for people who are not change- or improvement-motivated and are able to hold the status-quo without making waves.
Cons – This in the government sector, so it comes with all of the political & bureaucracy that that entails. Some of the frustrations I had were due to the constraints of the union. While the unions definitely affected the pay scales positively, they also help keep people who are not as competent on the job, which can be frustrating. There are also limited opportunities for pay for performance because of the unionized pay scales. Innovation & forward-thinking are not rewarded monetarily, though it is recognized by peers.
Advice to Senior Management – Be more available and accessible to all people within the school. Create see-through management where there are little or few questions about the motives for decisions that are made.