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Getting an Alumni’s Perspective

Over the past two weeks, several of us have travelled to Searcy and Fayetteville to meet-up with recent CAC graduates to have dinner and learn from their perspectives. It’s been great catching up and hearing how things are going, but the real learning has happened in small groups by asking two questions:

What should we never change at CAC?
What should we consider changing?

So far, the responses have been pretty similar at both locations. Here are a few responses:

What should we never change?

  • Chapel & daily Bible classes
  • Mustang Missions (especially Mustang Christmas and ACCESS Gators day)
  • The emphasis we place on teachers developing long-lasting friendships with students
  • Dress code (yes, this one was brought up multiple times!)
  • Our high standards

What should we consider changing?

  • Have even higher standards and expectations— college is hard!
  • Focus on teaching basic skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, keyboarding, how to read a textbook, etc.). Even though these may seem like basic skills, they are critical and students must know them to be successful at the next level.
  • Make high school progressively harder and force students to become more and more independent. In college, the biggest skill to have is resourcefulness, and CAC graduates should learn this skill before leaving.

There were many other ideas shared, but these were the ones that students really focused on. During the discussion, they even admitted that they probably didn’t appreciate what we were trying to do at CAC at the time, but looking back, they now get it and are thankful.

It’s easy to grow weary and wonder if we’re making a difference, but trust me on this— we are. If you don’t believe me, talk to one of us who went to Searcy or to Fayetteville, or even talk to someone who’s been at CAC for a few years. We can all share some of the success stories we’ve heard.

Better yet, talk to some CAC alumni to get their perspective. If you’re free on Tuesday, go to Jonesboro with us to hear for yourself.

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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