August 2012 Board Report
Community College’s two-year, pilot “Running Start” dual credit/dual enrollment
program at Marquette Academy – allowing juniors and seniors to earn an
associate degree concurrently with their high school diploma – is expected to
honor its first graduate this year, IVCC trustees learned Tuesday.
Marquette senior Eliot Kowalski is on track to complete both the associate in
arts and associate in science degrees in May, Associate Vice President for
Student Services Tracy Morris informed the board. Kowalski is also a
Morris said there are six juniors in the program and 14 sophomores have
expressed interest. Students can earn up to 51 credits by beginning the program
the summer after sophomore year. Qualified seniors are given release time to
take online, Ottawa Center or main campus courses after sixth period.
To qualify for
the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, score at the college level on
Accuplacer tests or submit a qualifying ACT score.
researching expansion of Running Start to another pilot school that has
indicated interest, Morris said. Across the district, a total of 18 high
schools and approximately 800 students participate in dual credit with IVCC.
In her “Building
Bridges” presentation, Morris also detailed IVCC’s partnership with Lincoln
College-Normal’s (LCN) Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) program that
allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree more quickly.
designed for working adults, has students taking one five-week night course at
a time and allows them to complete 27 hours per year toward their bachelor’s in
business, health services administration, liberal arts or criminal justice.
capstone programs in entrepreneurship and organizational leadership have been
added this year. An open house will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
in the counseling center. LCN has a site coordinator in the counseling center 1
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
business, the board approved:
$47.2 million budget for fiscal 2013 including $12.5 million in state funding
for the Peter Miller Community Technology Center. The capital dollars represent
a quarter of the budget and help account for a 16 percent hike in revenues and
a 17 percent increase in expenditures over fiscal 2012. A public hearing was
held prior to budget approval.
with Federal Appraisal & Consulting to appraise the assets of Marquis
Energy Ethanol Refinery in Hennepin at a cost of $25,000 plus reimbursable
expenditure of $66,163 in radio advertising contracts from four stations: NRG
Media of Ottawa, La Salle County Broadcasting of Oglesby, The Radio Group of
Peru and WZOE of Princeton.
purchase of up to $41,000 in fuel from Sapp Bros. of Peru and Flying J of La
Salle for the Truck Driver Training program. In addition, the board approved
$40,000 in janitorial supplies from Interline Brands of Peoria, $17,443 in
elevator maintenance services from ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp. of Peoria and $34,168
in printer supplies from Smart Group Systems of Richardson, Tex.
insurance from Mesirow Financial and workers’ compensation insurance from Kuhl
& Company for premiums totaling $316,675.
treasurer’s bond proposal of R.J. Galla through The Hartford for three years at
total of 24 graduates participated in the July 25 Licensed Practical Nurse
Pinning in the gym.
construction continues on schedule. Corcoran said precast panel installation is
complete and interior caulking and insulation of the panels is underway.
Roofing is also ongoing and masonry work will begin this week. Storm water
detention pond excavation and geothermal field work will be done by
total of 240 businesses across the district have posted the college’s fall
enrollment drive flyers, said Corcoran. Half of the of the18 presentations
scheduled district-wide to promote the value of higher education have been made
and 28 students have entered into financial aid extension contracts and
enrolled in 301 credits.
17’s New Student Convocation in the gym and picnic in the courtyard was
attended by about 375 students. “It was a great effort and I think our staff
really set the tone for our new students by showing that not only are we a high
quality teaching and learning institution, but also a college that embraces our
core values,” said Corcoran.
IVCC Foundation’s sixth annual 21st Century Scholars Society dinner
will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at Starved Rock. The Society currently
has 32 members who commit $500 annually to provide scholarship support to some
of IVCC’s most promising second-year students.
IVCC student-athletes John Poulakos of Ottawa (3.7 GPA, tennis) and Lauren
Senica of Utica (3.6, softball) are recognized in the latest issue of NJCAA
Review for “exemplary academic achievement.”