April 2017 Board Report
Illinois Valley Community College’s
revitalized agriculture program took another significant step Thursday with
board approval of an AAS degree in agricultural business management.
Associate in Applied Science degree, developed with input from district ag
leaders, includes five new courses and revisions to two current courses. New
courses include Introduction to the Agricultural Industry, Introduction to
Precision Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing, Agricultural Credit and Finance
and Advanced Agricultural Business Management.
Having met all
requirements leading up to formal approval of the new program by the Illinois
Community College Board, students can enroll in the new courses now as fall
registration began April 11.
instructor and coordinator Willard Mott said the program also includes a
“robust internship program with local agri-businesses – an opportunity which
could lead to immediate, post-IVCC employment.
“We already have
several students with ag internships,” he added.
In other business,
the board moved to terminate an inter-district agreement with Joliet Junior
College that allowed split-district high school students to attend either IVCC
or JJC at in-district rates regardless of residency. It is estimated IVCC lost
$30,000 in revenue due to this agreement.
“At a time when we
need to do everything we can to protect our student base, just like we do our
tax base, we recommend terminating the agreement to allow our programs to reach
their maximum potential for growth and sustainability,” said IVCC President
The board also approved:
repairs by Cleaver Brooks totaling $30,900, the result of damage from a March 7
appointment of Robyn Schiffman, Dean of English, Mathematics and Education to
lead a second division as interim dean of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social
Sciences following the retirement of Brian Holloway.
The board also
March 24 Career Expo attracted 883 students from 13 schools. Visitors met with
faculty, staff and representatives of the building and construction trades and
explored career-training options available in the Illinois Valley. A business
after-hours hosted by the Building Trades the night before the expo was also a
success, Corcoran said.
26th annual job fair drew 69 employers and several hundred job
April 6 IVCC Foundation Giving Day is nearing $24,000 in contributions, almost
$9,000 over its goal. “Your generosity and support is deeply appreciated,”
Corcoran said in reference to the day’s many donors.
chair Melissa Olivero of Peru and outgoing trustees Mike Driscoll, vice chair,
of Ottawa (in absentia), and Larry Huffman, secretary, of Peru, were honored.
Trustees will elect new officers and welcome new members Angie Stevenson of
Ottawa and Jay McCracken of Hennepin at a special 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24
student trustee Sarah Tipton of Dalzell was honored with a resolution and her
replacement Matt Pehoski of La Salle was welcomed.
Sorenson, a former part-time bookstore assistant, has been appointed senior
though she was unable to attend the meeting, Corcoran recognized human
resources director Glenna Jones who is retiring at the end of April. “I wanted
to publically say that I’ve admired her work and appreciated everything she has
done for us in such a classy and professional way.”