“Every day, I see the impact community colleges have on the lives of our students, and then the impact those students have on the lives of others in our communities. Our graduates make the world a better place each day with their knowledge, their skills, and recently, for my family, their compassion,” commented Wilkins.
Recently, Wilkins experienced firsthand the contributions that community college graduates make to others. “My precious grandmother, who was cared for in an assisted living facility, passed away just a few days before I learned of the appointment to this AACC Commission. Due to COVID-19 facility restrictions, we were not able to be with her physically during the final three months of her life. However, the nurses, most of whom were community college graduates, ensured that we had continual contact and information. They provided superb care for her, called us regularly, and they scheduled frequent visits with Grandma at the facility’s door so we could see her and speak with her via phone. When my grandmother passed away, a community college nursing graduate was holding her hand in our place.”
“It is truly an honor to advocate for and advance the mission of WCC-Dothan, community colleges, and our amazing students, and it is a privilege to help share their stories,” said Wilkins.
There are nine commissions authorized by the AACC Board. Each commission consists of 24 individuals from member institutions who are CEOs or senior administrators.