June 2007 Board Meeting Report

At the Wednesday night board meeting, Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees approved a new certificate in Medical Coding and will now seek approval from Illinois Community College Board to offer the certification.

Area healthcare agencies have identified a significant staff shortage in the area of medical coding. IVCC's division of health professions has established partnerships with six area hospitals and other healthcare providers. The Illinois Department of Employment Security projects that through 2010 employment occupations requiring medical coding skills will increase by 20% in the district and 45% statewide.

The 24 credit hour certificate in medical coding will require no additional instructional equipment or costs for the college. The core curriculum in medical coding will only be offered online through a partnership with Career Step, LLC. Other courses will include English Composition, Human Body Structure and Function and Terminology of the Health Care Field.

The board approved the extension of IVCC's contract at the Sheridan Correctional Center to continue until Oct. 1 to allow for another educational provider to be located. At the May board meeting, IVCC's administration notified the board of their concerns regarding the salary and personnel needs of the vocational training programs at Sheridan Correctional Center. IVCC administration had requested additional funds from IDOC which were denied. "We are making every attempt possible to try and acquire another college to continue our programming and anticipate that this process should not take more than two to three months to complete," stated Cherry Brewer, administrator of the office of adult and vocational services with IDOC in a letter to President Huffman.

In other action, the board accepted a bid amount of $224,353 from Amatrol and a bid amount of $38,270 from Design Assistance Corporation for the industrial/electrical equipment and instructional supplies for the Occupational Technologies and Manufacturing Technologies programs to be paid from an Earmark Grant.

The board approved:

  • The continued operation of the college by making expenditures required for normal operations beginning July 1 through the next fiscal year budget adoption.
  • The updated Resource Allocation Management Program request for the Community Instructional Center proposal to the Illinois Community College board in the amount of $19,785,600 which includes the college's match portion of $4,946,400, the capital request for the renovations of building B, C and D proposal in the amount of $10,140,900 which includes the college's match portion of $2,535,200 and capital request for the additions and renovations to building C and G proposal in the amount of $14,240,900 which includes the colleges match portion of $3,560,200.
  • The Prevailing Wage Resolution for the next fiscal year, 2008.
  • Athletic insurance coverage from First Agency in the amount of $14,202 and $8,600 for student accident insurance.
  • The adoption a policy for reasonable accommodation of religious observances.
  • An intergovernmental agreement with the City of LaSalle that supports the creation of a downtown tax increment finance district.
  • Transfers from the Education Fund 01 to the Auxiliary Enterprises Fund 05 to support athletics at $54,000 and daycare at $2,800 and the use of $113,500 Contingency in the Operations and Maintenance Fund 02 for capital outlay expenditures.
  • An agreement with Blackboard, Inc. for a course management system hosting services in the amount of $37,500 and the purchase of the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances, installation and configuration services from Burwood Group, Inc. in the amount of $25,252.
  • The purchase of 53 computers from Dell in the amount of $42,888.
  • Stipends for pay periods ending May 5, 19 and June 2.
  • The increase in part-time faculty pay scale by $25 per credit hour effective in fall of 2008.
  • The appointment of Julie A. Hogue, nursing instructor.
  • The appointment of Dr. David J. Louis as interim president.
  • The temporary assignments of additional responsibilities as follows: Kathy Glascock, Perkins Grant Coordinator and DOL Earmark Grant Coordinator; Jeannette Mathis, Leadership of the IVCC Curriculum Process and Co-Director of IVCC/SRAVTE Tech Prep Consortium; Judy Day, CurricUNET implementation management; and Marianne Dzik, Assessment Team Chair.