Tallahassee Community College (TCC) president Jim Murdaugh introduced the college’s Strategic Plan, intended to cover the next five to ten years for its main campus in Leon County and others in Gadsden and Wakulla Counties, last Wednesday afternoon at the Florida Public Safety Institute. The Plan was put together by Murdaugh and the TCC board of trustees after holding town hall meetings in all three counties.
“We made sure we captured what you said. Gadsden wants professional development certificates and a major section in economic and workforce programs. The state has approved a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing degree,” said President Murdaugh.
Murdaugh said TCC wanted to be more tech-savvy, which included use of mobile technology, and enhance the marketing of TCC and also in Gadsden County.
“It’s important to let people know about our resources,” said Murdaugh. “We want to create pathways for students so they don’t feel ‘siloed.’ We’ll give them certificates and credits as they move through degrees,” he said.
Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce director David Gardner praised Murdaugh for his fierce commitment to Gadsden County. “We’ve had several conversations with Superintendent Reginald James about Gadsden Technical Institute, with several scenarios. We see his dedication and commitment,” said Gardner.
Quincy’s assistant police chief Glenn Sapp said that one of the biggest problems in Gadsden County is the large number of unemployed families. “There’s a role for TCC in training programs to recruit industry to come here for hundreds of jobs,” said Sapp.
Murdaugh added that the question continues on whether it’s a need for job talent or a lack of jobs. “We want to recruit businesses to recruit other businesses to Gadsden County, said TCC’s president. “We want to have an impact on both parents and teachers,” he added about TCC’s two Gadsden campuses at the Florida Public Safety Institute and Quincy House in downtown Quincy, which TCC has outgrown.
“We want to find a bigger space in Quincy and see what other programs we can offer if we get a new, larger facility,” he said. “We’re looking for a Gadsden Center where we can provide counseling, workforce programs and offer credit courses.”
Murdaugh said a location had not yet been determined for the center but “we want to take the time to do it right. But, yes, we are going to move (from Quincy House).”
TCC Board of Trustees Chairman Eugene Lamb said board members and Dr. Murdaugh had gone several weeks ago to each of the three counties TCC serves to see what they'd like to see happen, and included those in the strategic plan.
"We want good things for Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties. The president and his staff are doing a very good job. The board of trustees is very pleased, and happy to work with the college, students and communities," said Lamb.