October 5, 2012

Northeastern 18 golf pro Vernon Harbart (far right) provides some putting tips to members of the State Board of Community College Occupational Education (SBCCOE) during their visit to Sterling to tour the college this week.

Northeastern 18 golf pro Vernon Harbart (far right) provides some putting tips to members of the State Board of Community College Occupational Education (SBCCOE) during their visit to Sterling to tour the college this week. Taking in the tips were (l to r) Rich Martinez, Dr. Nancy McCallin, Ronda Bentz , Dr. Jay Lee and Dr. John Trefny. A few other NJC staffers were on hand in the background watching the tutorial. (Courtesy Photo)

On Thursday, members of the State Board of Community College Occupational Education,  which oversees the Colorado Community College System, were in  Sterling for their annual fall visit to Northeastern Junior College. State board chair Dr. John Trefny and vice chair Rich Martinez, accompanied Dr. Nancy McCallin , president of the state system, and Rhonda Bentz,  director of media and legislative communications,  on an eastern Colorado swing to visit NJC and Morgan Community College.  Various members of the nine-member state board take turns touring the colleges across Colorado each year.

While at NJC, the state board members had a chance to see the new landscaping on campus, tour E.S. French Hall to get an understanding of the improvements needed there,  and to have lunch at the Plainsman Grill. Prior to lunch, Northeastern 18 golf pro Vernon Harbart gave out some quick putting pointers and then the four participated in a putting contest. Martinez was named the winner and was presented a  Plainsman Pete bobble head trophy by NJC President Jay Lee.  Lee took a little time to tell the guests about improvements planned for Northeastern 18 and the Plainsman Grill including some changes to the grounds and the addition of more outdoor patio space.

Dr. Trefny is President Emeritus of Colorado School of Mines, having retired in the summer of 2006. He represents the 6th District and his term expires this December. Martinez is President and CEO of the  Young Americans Center for Financial Education and Young Americans Bank in Denver. He represents the 7th District and will be on the board through December of 2014.