GLEN ELLYN – New College of DuPage President Ann Rondeau recognizes the college's district extends far beyond its main campus in Glen Ellyn.
"As the president of your college, I'm trying to make sure that we have contact with the entire district," said Rondeau, who spoke Jan. 25 at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center as part of a community meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn.
Rondeau started July 1, 2016, as the college's sixth president. She said the college continues to look at forming new partnerships, such as with Morton Arboretum and Brookfield Zoo.
She noted Brookfield Zoo has a program for children with autism and COD offers a program for autistic adults. Rondeau said the college has been talking with the zoo about doing a partnership program.
COD recently teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Rondeau said. Through the Fermilab VetTech Internship program, COD students who are veterans provide technical support in various departments at Fermilab.
"We're at Fermi, we're at Argonne [National Laboratory,] we will be at Morton Arboretum, we will be at Brookfield," Rondeau said. "[The district] is not just about the towns and the villages, it's also about these kinds of places."
She also said the district has been working closely with the high school districts that are part of the COD district, including Glenbard Township High School District 87.
"We've been working with Glenbard District 87 Superintendent David Larson a lot on what we can do to further serve the Glen Ellyn needs here," Rondeau said.
COD is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The college opened Sept. 25, 1967, with classes held in office trailers and at leased suburban sites throughout the newly formed Community College District 502. COD's main campus in Glen Ellyn was acquired in 1968.
The league's next community meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Glen Ellyn Community Center, 535 Duane St., on the topic of dangerous drugs in DuPage County.