January Board Report
Prior to the monthly meeting of
the Illinois Valley Community College board, the board’s facilities committee
reviewed details for a proposed agriculture storage facility to be built on the
site of the recently demolished dairy barn.
7,500-square-foot building would house a tractor, field cultivator and planter
for use by IVCC ag students and instructors. In a second phase of the master
plan project, the college hopes to add a lab for the agronomy program.
IVCC has secured
nearly $165,000 in deferred maintenance funding from the state for the project
– requiring a $60,210 match from the college – and will seek additional state
dollars if there is a capital bill.
sources suggest it is wise to have a project on the list for the new
legislative session,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
anticipates a CASE IH tractor, cultivator and planter will be made available to
the ag program this year by CNH Industrial, an accommodation facilitated by CNH’s
farming equipment and agronomy lab would catapult our program forward as we
seek to serve more than 1,300 district high school ag students,” said Corcoran.
Images of the
proposed facility were shown by IVCC and Illinois Capital Development Board
(CDB) architect Dominick Demonica of Chicago in his master plan update.
December, the college spent about $50,000 of its required match to have the
barn taken down and removed.
business, the facilities committee recommended replacement of damaged drainage
tiles in campus farm fields. Ponding in several areas has made farming
challenging, Corcoran said.
In the meeting
of the entire board, trustees approved tuition waivers for recent high school
graduates enrolled in IVCC automotive and agriculture programs.
To qualify for
the six credit hour waiver, students must enroll full-time in either the
Agriculture Business Management or Agronomy Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
degree or the Automotive Technology AAS degree or Advanced Automotive
Technology certificate within one year of high school graduation. IVCC is
partnering with Starved Rock Associates for Vocational and Technical Education
(SRAVTE) on the initiative.
business, the board approved:
16-page “enrollment driver” magazine to be distributed to over 30,000 district
residents in late March prior to the start of fall and summer registration.
Indiana Printing and Publishing of Indiana, Penn., submitted the low bid of
pair of business after-hours hosted by Illinois Valley Labor Management at IVCC
and the Ottawa Center. The 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 event on main campus
is in conjunction with the annual Career Expo at IVCC March 8. The 5 to 7 p.m.
Ottawa Center after-hours will be either Tuesday, March 12 or Wednesday, March
13. Both events are co-sponsored by local chambers and will include
The board also
Avila has been hired as off-shift custodian starting Jan. 14.
his monthly report, Corcoran said enrollments continue to struggle as staff
work to close the gap between budgeted and actual credit hours. “New EMS
instructor Nicholas Fish is optimistic about the potential for his program, new
student recruitment specialist Gracelyn Quesse is on board and our new
cybersecurity program shows great promise for fall semester enrollments,”
Corcoran said, noting a medical assistant program will also launch in August.
“We’re optimistic our new programs will be well received by the
of Teachers Local 1810 President Tracy Lee briefly addressed the board during
the public comment portion of the meeting regarding an issue the union raised
at the Oct. 11 meeting. Lee left information for the board to review and
requested a formal written response.