May 2017 Board Report
Architects of Illinois Valley Community College’s rejuvenated agriculture
program Thursday said they expect continued growth as more ag students choose
to stay in district to pursue their education.
In his campus update to the board, instructor and program coordinator Willard
Mott said the estimated 1,200 ag students in district high school agriculture
programs will no longer have to travel far to seek a college degree in ag.
“Agriculture is the largest industry in our district, a significant portion of
our tax base and the number of ag students in district high schools is
increasing,” said Mott. “Unfortunately, these students have been forced to
travel long distances or perhaps even relocate to study at other community
colleges and universities. We are changing that.”
Mott said high school ag enrollments include 183 students at Ottawa, 138 at
Princeton, 132 Seneca, 104 Streator, 101 Fieldcrest, 98 Woodland, 95 Serena, 88
Bureau Valley, 80 Midland, 76 Mendota and 73 Putnam County. In addition, La
Salle-Peru High School is bringing back its agriculture program this fall.
A total of 14 students enrolled in IVCC’s program in its first year following
major curriculum changes, feedback and support from an advisory committee and
the University of Illinois Extension located on campus, extensive marketing and
media coverage and by “showing the flag” at ag events across the district.
month, the board approved a degree in agricultural business management and Mott
plans to add an agronomy degree and a student organization. The program already
has a strong internship program with local agri-businesses that Mott believes
will lead to future employment for many of his students.
other business, trustees approved:
Education Center training courses including OSHA safety from 2B Safe of East
Moline for $20,000, supervisor and leadership development from Riffle of
Davenport for $13,500 and IT and business solutions from Omnikron of Woodland
Hills, Calif., for $192,000.
radio and television advertising contracts for fiscal 2018 totaling $69,215 and
the purchase of $50,000 in WEX fuel cards for the Truck Driver Training
supplies from Supply Works of Peoria for $40,000 and annual elevator
maintenance from Thyssenkrupp Elevator of Peoria for $26,826.
and supplies for the automotive department for the coming year from Carquest of
Peru for $40,000 and Peru NAPA for $10,000.
appointment of Leslie Hofer as the director of human resources effective May
retirement of Director of Information Technologies Diann Jabusch effective June
one year extension of the contracts in place for President Jerry Corcoran, Vice
President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema and Vice President
for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson.
2 percent raise for employees not affected by a
negotiated labor agreement and an increase in the part-time faculty pay scale.
addendum to the five-year lease for IVCC’s Ottawa Center reducing rent for the
remaining three years.
three-year extension of the campus security contract with G4S Secure Solutions.
of two network servers and one storage area network devise (SAN) from Dell for
$33,695; and purchases totaling $94,195 from CDWG of Vernon Hills for virtual
technology expansion and server room Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) battery
enrollment driver magazine to be mailed in July and November to promote fall
and spring classes for $35,000 to $40,000. The piece will be directed toward
individuals 18 to 40 and will market IVCC’s unlimited transfer options, 19
applied degrees and 32 certificate programs.
the contract of Tri-City Vending and Foodservice for one year.
The board also learned:
from part-time employees include user services assistant Marcus Davies,
assistant men’s basketball coach Justin Jacobson, part-time counselor Meg
Kowalczyk, citizenship instructor Olga Horn and instructor Don Aleksy.
36th annual Adult Education Recognition ceremony is 6 p.m. Tuesday,
May 16 in the Cultural Centre and on Saturday, May 20 the Nurse Pinning is at
11:30 a.m. in the Cultural Centre and the 51st annual commencement
is at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.
audit-finance committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23.
meetings April 27 and May 8 regarding what impact the state budget-impasse is
having on community colleges were orchestrated and well attended by faculty,
students, staff and board members, Corcoran reported. “I especially appreciated
the non-partisan tone of the discussions and everyone’s interest in looking for
options to solve problems versus playing the ‘blame game.’”
total of 90 employees were honored at the annual recognition event April 28
attended by approximately 170 employees and guests.
May 3 Honorspalooza for the Honors Program “was nothing short of outstanding
thanks to the leadership and planning of advisor Adam Oldaker,” Corcoran
Services’s annual end-of-the-year program for advisory committee members was
Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council recently reaffirmed
IVCC’s accreditation through 2026-27. Moving forward, IVCC can choose the “Open
Pathway” to accreditation intended for well-performing institutions that do not
require substantial monitoring or contact from the HLC. Corcoran lauded
Anderson for leading the successful accreditation process. “Dr. Anderson has
done a superb job as our liaison with the HLC,” he said.
new display outside conference rooms CTC124-125 in the Peter Miller Community
Technology Center details IVCC’s LEED Gold Certification and the criteria used
to achieve “this extraordinary level of recognition,” Corcoran said. The
10-panel display showcases the college’s commitment to sustainable site
development, water use reduction, energy efficient building systems,
sustainable building materials, maximizing lighting and views, and high regard
for air quality.
The advantages of
rejoining the Illinois Community College Trustees Association from executive
director Mike Monaghan. ICCTA provides colleges with legislative advocacy and
representation, trustee training, public relations, consultation and research.