May 2014 Board Report
Putnam County High School is partnering with Illinois
Valley Community College to launch “College Start,” a program for up to ten of
its seniors next fall, IVCC board members learned Thursday.
Academically qualified students will enroll in classes at IVCC that will
be considered dual enrollment with PCHS.
allows their seniors to attend our classes in the fall, spring and summer while
earning both high school and college credits,” said Sue Isermann, Interim Vice
President for Learning and Student Development.
“College Start will help make their senior year as productive and
challenging as possible,” said Isermann. “I believe it will also lead many to
continue their education here the following year.”
To qualify, students need a minimum
3.5 GPA, no more than six absences the prior year, a 500-word essay and
interview, among other requirements as determined by PCHS. The students will
pay IVCC’s full tuition rate.
other business, the board approved:
- The retirement
of 33-year developmental math lab instructor Cheryl Hobneck effective May 31.
In her retirement letter, Hobneck said, “Regardless of their background, many
of our developmental math students are successful. Each year at the academic
awards banquet and graduation, it warms my heart to see so many of our students
recognized for their academic achievements.”
- Seeking bids
on the summer resurfacing and repair of parking lot 1 for an estimated
$250,000. Trustees also OK’d asphalt pavement repair, sealing and marking of
the roadway for $16,083 from Seal-A-Lot of Ottawa.
- Purchase of a
Yamaha CL-3 Bundle Special from Professional Audio Designs of Wauwatosa, Wis.,
for $19,701 for the Cultural Centre sound system. D.J. Sickley Construction of
Peru was awarded the $677,061 bid to replace the system, paid for through
Protection, Health and Safety funds and $45,458 from student technology
($11,900) and information technology reserves ($33,558).
- The purchase
of an Exmark Lazer X mower for $5,950 after trade-in from Martin Sullivan of
Board members learned:
- Jackie Carlson
has been hired as the bookstore’s textbook buyer.
- In April, IVCC
received a $90,000 grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for
geothermal installation costs related to the Peter Miller Community Technology
- Board chair
Melissa Olivero of Peru, an administrative law judge, was a 2014 Alumni Award
Winner for Northern Illinois University’s College of Law and the NIU Alumni
- IVCC will be
honored for its 40-year membership in the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce at
the organization’s May 14 banquet at Starved Rock.
- The April 17
job fair attracted 59 employers and feedback from employers and job-seekers was
positive, said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
200 Hall, Marquette, Princeton, LaSalle-Peru, and Serena high school students
participated in cadaver lab tours in April. Students also visited the Natural
Sciences Lab and heard a presentation on the raptor rehabilitation program.
- IVCC has
received a $73,600 Illinois School Security Grant for “facility interoperable
communications” using a distributed antenna system in all buildings. The
$150,000 project will improve cell phone coverage and facilitate communication
between college personnel and emergency responders as well as enhance cell
phone reception for students and staff.
credited committee members Paula Hallock, Jeanne Hayden, Theresa Carranco,
Carey Burns, Sue Harding, Kris Curley and Glenna Jones for planning the April
25 employee recognition event at Grand Bear Lodge.
- Corcoran met
with Rep. Frank Mautino, Sen. Sue Rezin and other legislators at the April 30
Illinois Community College Trustees Association Lobby Day in Springfield.
- Peru native
and IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame member Jim Blass, Director of Caterpillar’s Research
and Development Center in Mossville, led a May 1 tour of the facility sponsored
by the La Salle County Regional Office of Education. The group of 17
counselors, teachers and administrators represented Streator, Ottawa, Mendota,
LaSalle-Peru, Princeton, St. Bede, Earlville, Putnam County, IVCC and the LP
Area Career Center.
Honorspalooza featured student projects on social issues such as poverty, drugs,
gifted education and alcoholism.
- The Oct. 22
Manufacturing Expo at IVCC is expected to attract 300 high school students from
across the district to visit manufacturers, tour the CTC and interact with
industry experts and IVCC program coordinators.
is on a taskforce of presidents studying the feasibility of Illinois community
colleges awarding applied technology and/or applied science baccalaureate
degrees. Nearly two dozen states allow community colleges to offer limited
baccalaureate degrees to address unmet and documented needs, Corcoran said.