Feb. 8, 2022

391: Show Me What You Got - with Dr. Larry Rideaux Jr, President of Metropolitan Community College (Maple Woods)


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In this episode, President Series #135, YOUR guest is Dr. Larry Rideaux, Jr, President of Metropolitan Community College Maple Woods, YOUR special guest co-host is Bill Pepicello, YOUR host is Dr. Joe Sallustio, & YOUR sponsor is Commencement:  The Beginning of A New Era in Higher Education.

In this episode, Larry talks about why the stigma of community college is gone - and why it's important to show the business community, and the broader community in general, what community colleges do and why they are important.  He also discusses why MCC moved toward a 4-year degree to put education within reach of everyone who needs it.  Listen to Larry talk about the importance of stackable credentials in a shifting student marketplace.  He also talks about how student engagement was his scarlet thread and why it's important to become involved in all aspects of higher ed.

Larry Rideaux Jr., Ed.D., became president of Metropolitan Community College’s Maple Woods campus in Kansas City North on June 1, 2020. Rideaux came to MCC from Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, Texas, where he served as vice president of student services. The community college has about 8,600 credit-seeking students and sits just across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. Before joining Texas Southmost in September 2018, Rideaux spent six years at the Tarrant County College District in Texas, where he was vice president of student development; acting vice president for academic and student affairs; and interim dean of humanities. 

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