In Spring 2015, Lansing Community College faculty participated in a Gratitude Project, sharing something about their jobs for which they were grateful. One submission stood out from the rest. Professor Chris Manning talked about a student who taught him exactly why community colleges exist.

Using Professor Manning’s piece as an inspiration, Transforming Learning Through Teaching (TLTT) participants now complete a short essay to inspire our fellow teachers and remind us why community colleges exist and why we choose to teach at a community college. The TLTT course is taught through the Center for Teaching Excellence.

This website by Leslie Johnson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International was created in 2015 and has been used by faculty in CTE courses since then. In 2021, Suzanne Bernsten moved the essays to a SPLOT Writer format using the TRU Writer theme.

Created By: Center for Teaching Excellence
URL: https://cte.openlcc.net/400-words/
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