Certain people are able to tackle just about any challenge put before them. Some call it a “can-do” attitude. Chuck Chrisman might call it a regular day. With more than 20 years of experience leading innovative IT services projects at Southeastern Community College (SCC), located in West Burlington, Iowa, he has been influential in elevating tools, technologies and infrastructure to better serve students and faculty.
In his current role at SCC, Chrisman oversees all aspects of distance learning, instructional technology, information technology and institutional research. He also provides technical oversight for the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC), which shares online courses, staff and resources among seven participating colleges. He has led technology design planning and strategies for infrastructure projects connected to SCC’s Building the Dream Initiative, including a collaboration classroom designed to help students with group work and presentations through wireless and LCD projection technologies.
Chrisman is currently supporting the development of a new STEM room in the college’s Hall of Sciences. The room will enable hands-on collaboration among students with Microsoft Surface Hub and/or Google JamBoards and bring outside experts into the classroom through video conferencing. He also hopes to mix in additional virtual reality technology.
While he is recognized on campus as a driving force in keeping SCC on the cutting edge, Chrisman notes that his work is meaningful because of the people he serves. “I never went to a community college, but [when I began at SCC], I started to experience how a community college helps students in their area,” he said. “You see a lot of people who need help, and it’s very fulfilling to be able to help them. I fell in love with community college, specifically this one.” — Julia McCandless