In another context I recently wrote that State Career College provides “training in healthcare support professions”. That is certainly true, with our programs in Dental Chairside Assistants, Basic Nursing Assistants, and Medical Assistants, but it sure seems sterile when I re-read it.
We do provide training, but more importantly we nurture learning and understanding. We inspire a love of working in the healthcare field and serving people. We foster the development of life-long learning for learning’s sake. We prove to our students that we care and that they should, too.
Our success as a college is measured not only in the number of students we graduate and/or place in jobs, although we do quite well in those measures. It is measured in the fondness our students have for us as a school, for our instructors as individuals, and for all our staff members.
The success of our students is not only measured in their in-school grades, the grades they get in their certification exams, or the rapidity with which they get jobs, although we do quite well in those measures. It is measured in their feeling of mastery and success, and we do very well in that measure, too.
We can’t use some of these measures in our reports. We can’t really even quantify some of them. But the thing that keeps me coming to work each day, keeps all the staff coming to work each day, and keeps the students coming in each day, are those immeasurables.
Success, nothing less: measurable and immeasurable.