February 2013 Board Report
a restructuring of Illinois’ Local Workforce Investments Areas (LWIA),
Illinois Valley Community College will no longer be a Dislocated
Workers Center hub – ending a nearly 30-year arrangement – IVCC
trustees learned Tuesday.
the consolidation plan presented by Pam Furlan, executive director of
the Business Employment Skills Team (BEST), part of Workforce Area
No. 4 (Carol, Ogle, Whiteside and Jo Daviess counties) will be combined
with all of No. 12 (Bureau, LaSalle, Lee and Putnam counties).
nine DWC employees, whose positions were contingent upon a contract
with BEST, will be terminated with regret effective June 30 but
will have an opportunity for employment within the restructured LWIA.
of these individuals has done a fine job of representing the college
while capably serving their constituents,” said IVCC President Jerry
Corcoran. “They are professionals and I will miss them. The good news
is we’ve been told that DWC clients will not experience any disruption
DWC staff said the program began at IVCC in 1984.
other business, the board followed the recommendation of its
audit-finance committee and increased tuition beginning this summer
anticipation of declining state funding, lower property values and
a two percent drop in credit hours, trustees approved a10 percent
The $9.22 increase – from $84.38 to $93.60 – and a 1 cent hike in the
universal fee, bring the cost of one credit hour at IVCC to $101. The
state average for combined tuition and universal fee was $107.89 in
school students enrolled in Early Entry College courses will pay $46.80
per hour, one-half the tuition rate and no universal fee.
2002 the community college system received $313 million from the state
for 5.9 million credit hours,” said Corcoran. “In 2013, our system
is receiving $288 million for 7 million credit hours. That is what is
driving the financial challenges we face today.”
committee also approved fee changes on 226 courses: increases on 164
courses, decreases on 48, adding fees to four existing courses and
adding fees to eight new courses. In addition, the committee approved
tuition and fee increases for truck driver training totaling $545 and
bringing total program costs to $3,963.
other business, the board approved requests for purchases (RFPs) and
bids for equipment and technology for the Peter Miller Community
Center totaling over $1 million. Training equipment will be purchased
for eight programs: computer networking, industrial electricity, wind,
manufacturing, CAD/Drafting, electronics, industrial maintenance and
An additional $546,000 in equipment has been acquired through the capital campaign. The building will also showcase
an estimated $500,000 in “Smart classroom” equipment for rooms and labs.
will work with Krueger International through the Illinois Public Higher
Education Cooperative to determine PMCTC furniture and fixture
In other business, the board approved:
- The purchase of $14,711 in welding instructional materials from the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.
for instructors Keith King, biology, Adam Oldaker and Nora Villareal,
English, and Jennifer Savoia, nursing and the appointment of Amy Smith
as director of institutional
research. A graduate of Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa,
and the University of Iowa, Smith was a research analyst at Heartland
Community College in Normal.
with regret the resignation of nursing instructor Christine Foster at
the close of the spring semester. Foster will return to work as a nurse
the 2014 fiscal year as July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014; assigned
President Corcoran to prepare the tentative budget and approved the
2014 trustee budget and printing fees for students in Jacobs Library,
the Learning Commons and the Ottawa Center’s open lab. Students will be
charged 5 cents for
black-and-white copies and 25 cents for color. The $13,762 in equipment
needed to manage the system will be offset by the fees.
- Hiring Identity Theft Loss Prevention for information security consulting at a cost of $7,300.
of the AAS in sustainable horticulture, the AAS in landscape
maintenance and the certificate in horticulture effective May 18. The
action was based on “unsustainable
enrollments,” said Corcoran. Horticulture program coordinator Lauri
Carey will continue teaching transfer agriculture or horticulture
courses as well as adding biology courses to her load.
The board learned:
specialist Kim Stahly resigned effective Jan. 23 from the community
relations office. Stahly of Streator was a 14-year IVCC employee.
faculty renewed for 2013-14 are Mary Black, lab instructor in
developmental math, Christine Blaydes, CNA, Carmen Hartford, biology,
Shane Lange, automotive
technology, Jared Olesen, sociology, Anthony Ruda, fitness center and
Samantha Whiteaker, nursing.
his monthly construction update, Corcoran reported zinc panel
installation is progressing well on the south side of the PMCTC and
installation of both elevators has
begun. Drywall and soffit, electrical rough-in, painting, lights,
diffusers and sprinkler trim could be completed over the next several
weeks. On east campus, the addition to the auto and welding facility and
new maintenance building is going well. Substantial
completion on the maintenance building is set for March 8.
LPN program’s 100 percent pass rate (23 of 23 up from 96 percent the
previous year) on the 2012 NCLEX compares favorably to the state average
85 percent and national
rate of 84 percent. IVCC’s RN pass rate of 90 percent (56 of 62, up
from 86 percent) compared to the state’s 91 percent rate and equaled the
national pass rate.
IVCC Foundation’s ninth annual Irish Night is Saturday at the LaSalle
Knights of Columbus. Doors open at 6:30; the Larkin and Moran Brothers
of Chicago will play
from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
the first time, IVCC hosted the IHSA Girls Class 1A Basketball
Sectional Feb. 11 and 14. Over 1,250 fans attended to see Putnam County,
Annawan, Newark, and Hinckley-Big
Rock compete for the championship won by Annawan.
Dr. David Kuester, Norm Engstrom, Don Zellmer, Betsy Klopcic, Jenna
Stinson, Donna Stone, and the Improv captains and team, in cooperation
with Follies Theatre
Productions, presented a workshop for 120 students and teachers at Peru
Catholic recently. PC students will write stories featuring a character
or characters with disabilities and Horizon House staff will review the
stories before IVCC’s creative team turn
them into performances for the school. Student authors will be
annual Career Day Expo, sponsored by Illinois Valley Building and
Construction Trades Council, will be March 8 in IVCC’s automotive
- Welcomed new trustee Everett Solon of Streator who was appointed to a two-year term Feb. 7.