May 2010 Board Meeting Report
Illinois Valley Community College will offer an associate’s
degree completion program for Marquette Academy upperclassmen next fall in
exchange for Marquette providing janitorial services at the college’s new
Board approved a “Running Start” pilot program Thursday that will offer
Marquette juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in up to 38 hours of
dual credit courses and earn an Associate’s in Science degree by the time they
graduate. An algebra refresher program will also be piloted at Marquette as
part of the pact.
juniors can enroll in 17 hours of dual credit at the high school while seniors
can enroll in 21 hours in the morning at Marquette before being released to
attend classes at Ottawa Center or IVCC’s main campus in the afternoon.
exchange, Marquette will provide custodial services between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Monday through Friday at Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St.
“This is a
big deal,” said trustee Michael Driscoll of Ottawa. “As a college education
becomes more and more expensive, this could save families $30,000 to $50,000.”
The board later
approved Ottawa Center purchases of $99,921 in furniture, $4,415 in equipment
for the CNA lab and $14,392 for a security surveillance system. The board also
authorized spending up to $10,000 for exterior and interior signage.
“This evening brings to closure the
major issues involving Ottawa Center,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
“Enrollment is strong, construction is on schedule and the custodial issue has
been resolved by our agreement with Marquette. I couldn’t be more pleased with
how well the project is progressing.”
Corcoran shared positive news
regarding overall enrollment. An end-of-spring semester report revealed a 16
percent spike in credit hours over the previous year, a 6 percent headcount increase
and a 14 percent rise in the number of students aged 31-40.
The board also approved:
- The $24,182 bid of UC Paving of Peru for crack
filling and seal coating the main entrance turnaround drive and the $9,416 bid
of Springfield Electric of Peru for parking lot and roadway lighting control.
- Seeking bids for the replacement of the water
line between the main campus and gym at an estimated cost of $58,000. The
existing line broke twice the past year.
- The Project Design Development phases for the
Community Technology Center and authorized Basalay, Cary & Alstadt
Architects to proceed with CTC Construction Documents.
- Expending approximately $1.6 million in
Protection Health and Safety funds for chemistry lab renovations in the summer
of 2011 (about $1.2 million), moving the Safety Services office into lower
level Room C103 and upgrading the fire alarm system throughout main campus.
- The resignation of Dr. Manuel Gomez, Dean of
Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences, who has
been named Director of Education and Training for the Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- The resignation of
Juletta Patrick, Dean of Student Development, who has been named Assistant Vice
President of Academic and Student Affairs at McHenry County College in Crystal
- The hiring of Robert
Mattson as director of institutional research. Mattson had been the college’s
research analyst under IVCC’s first IR director, Cathy Bangert, who retired
- New full-time teaching
positions in English and CNA instruction to address growing enrollments.
- A 37-hour paramedic certificate program to meet
the demand for advanced training and
“fast-track” students to licensure.
- The Information Technology strategic plan for
fiscal 2011. The plan’s equipment and software purchases are contingent on
- A “memorandum of understanding” regarding early
childhood education services between
IVCC, the City of La Salle, La Salle Elementary District 122, Youth Service
Bureau of Illinois Valley and Tri-County Opportunities Council Head Start. “It
is critical, particularly in a time of reduced funding, that all parties
involved in serving the various needs of families with young children
coordinate their efforts, avoid duplication and seek efficiencies,” said Dr.
Rick Pearce, Vice President for Learning and Student Development.
- A wind turbine feasibility study with Ameresco that
will, among other things, result in construction of a 50-meter tower south of
the college barns beginning July 8. A $30,000 grant from the Illinois Clean
Energy Community Foundation will cover 75 percent of the $40,000 study.
The board also
learned Dawn Watson has been hired as an administrative assistant in the
Business Services and Finance office, Merrilee Biggs as payroll and benefits
coordinator, Sheri Mitchum as personal computing/audio-visual specialist, and
Eric Pinter as men’s baseball coach.