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CLC dean receives state honor

Kelly McCalla, Central Lakes College dean of liberal arts and sciences, was named Outstanding Academic and Student Affairs Administrator of the Year by the organization of chief academic and student affairs leaders.

The organization is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

A Crosby resident and Crosby-Ironton school board member, McCalla is a graduate of Brainerd Community College — now Central Lakes College (CLC).

The honor came at the Chief Academic and Student Affairs officers/College and University Deans spring meeting at North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, May 23-24.

McCalla was a presenter at the conference. The title of his presentation: “Establishing a Learning Commons: What Does That Mean?”

CLC has combined its library, tutoring support, and faculty support services into single entity. The Learning Commons has quickly proven to a robust place with connections forming the college reported it did not anticipate. McCalla shared the vision, lessons learned, and where the college is going from here to help both students and instructors be successful, CLC reported.

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