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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
August 10, 2010
For immediate release

Going away party planned for Hillsdale Center director

HILLSDALE -- Jackson Community College will bid farewell to Pene Vandenburgh, director of Hillsdale’s Clyde LeTarte Center and a longtime JCC employee, with a going away party from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the center. Vandenburgh is retiring from JCC as of Aug. 31.

Vandenburgh has worked at JCC for 27 years, and has led the Hillsdale LeTarte Center since 2001. Over her years with the College she has been a registration clerk, senior records clerk, apprenticeship secretary, technology learning center coordinator, and assistant dean of work-based learning. She herself started at the college as a student worker while she completed two associate degrees from JCC. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

During Vandenburgh’s years at the Hillsdale center, she has seen a major facility renovation in 2007, has overseen program expansion, and has seen a 79 percent increase in enrollment. She was recognized in 2008 with JCC’s Outstanding Administrator Award. Vandenburgh said, “The best part of my job is to see students succeed! It’s a fantastic feeling knowing that you’ve helped someone to acquire the education they need to pursue their career.”

In her retirement, she plans to spend time with family and friends, travel, complete landscaping projects and work part-time.

Marian Burlingham will be taking over as assistant dean of the LeTarte Center. Burlingham has worked for JCC for 21 years, most recently as director of the Center for Student Success on the Jackson campus, and previously as director of JCC’s Jackson Downtown Center. Burlingham earned her bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College, and has completed further graduate study at Eastern Michigan, Michigan State University, and State University of New York at Buffalo.

The community is invited to attend this event to say goodbye to Pene Vandenburgh and meet Marian Burlingham, and see the facility.