April 2019 Board Report
Illinois Valley Community College will pilot a Transfer Academy this fall
allowing dual credit high school students to be released in the afternoon for
classes at Ottawa Center, board members learned Thursday.
The initiative will allow high school students to complete all general
education core courses over four semesters – with the possibility a few summer
courses may also be needed.
“The schedule at Ottawa Center will be well-suited to students pursuing studies
in humanities, social sciences and those uncertain what their major will be,”
said Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson.
As with all IVCC dual credit courses, students will receive a 25 percent
tuition discount and those qualifying for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch
program will pay just the $5 registration fee.
“I anticipate this will bring a new demographic to the Ottawa Center in the
afternoons as students are released to take classes there,” said Anderson. “I
am also optimistic the experience of the college campus will attract more
students to IVCC after high school graduation.”
IVCC is also developing a plan to allow dual credit students seeking
STEM-related careers to attend afternoon classes on main campus.
The board also learned IVCC’s 60-credit Associate of Applied Science degree in
Cybersecurity has been approved by the Illinois Community College Board.
fall, the program will address a surge in demand for skilled workers in
information security and will cross-train IT staff to protect networks from
cyber threats. Courses include Managing Information Security, Digital
Forensics, Security+, Cybersecurity Scripting, Computer Ethics and Ethical
A 2017 study by
the Center for Cyber Safety and Education estimated there will be a 1.8 million
worker gap in the information security workforce worldwide by 2022. Security
analysts earn a median hourly wage of $45.26 with an annual salary of $94,134,
according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (2018).
business, the board learned part-time music instructor and Wind Ensemble
conductor Gene Montgomery will retire May 18.
retirement letter, Montgomery recalled, “It was approximately 29 or 30 years
ago that I was sitting in the office of Dr. Sam Rogal, Dean of what was then
the Humanities/Fine Arts Division. We were lamenting the fact there had been a
several year hiatus of having an instrumental performing group at IVCC, and he
asked me if I knew of anyone capable of re-instating the ensemble.
“Although I was
still a full-time public school instrumental and choral teacher, I quickly
answered that I would be more than happy to accept the challenge,” Montgomery
wrote. “Since that time, the IVCC Wind Ensemble has been widely respected among
music educators in Illinois.”
In other action, the board approved:
leave for the fall semester for Lauri Carey, a 19-year biology and horticulture
instructor. During the sabbatical, Carey will work to improve curriculum and
instructional methods in biology.
retirement of 13-year welding instructor Paul Leadingham effective June 30.
$1,469,000 bid of Dodson Plumbing, Heating & AC of Pontiac for the Building
C Air Handler Unit/Chiller replacement.
of 71 PCs from Dell Inc. for $47,831 for rooms E215, CTC119 and B213.
licensing from CDW of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware/Anti-Virus software for
$24,000. The cloud-based software manages and protects college devices, even
The board also
Moille High School will begin a Career Start program in fall 2019 allowing its
students to enroll in IVCC Career and Technical Education courses as part of
their high school coursework.
nominated The Results Companies of Streator for the Illinois Community College
Trustees Association 2019 Business/Industry Partnership Award. The customer
service and sales call center has worked with IVCC since 2016 to provide its
employees continuing education and college credit toward a customer experience
and sales certificate. To date, 108 employees have completed the program and another
41 are now enrolled.
cost of the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre accessibility upgrade was
$638,530, about $230,000 under budget. New seating and ADA-compliant ramps to
each side of the stage were among the enhancements. The project was partially
paid for from a bequest of more than $620,000 from the estate of Walter Durley
and Hazel Marie Boyle.
cost of the exterior stairs upgrade was $138,652, about $95,000 under budget.
new three-year lease has been approved with the Economic Development
Corporation of North Central Illinois for $4,284 per year. EDCNCI will move
into E building rooms 309, 311 and 312.
retirements of Financial Aid Reconciliation and Compliance Specialist Lorri
Foockle effective April 19, longtime facilities groundskeeper Mike Minnick on
April 30 and textbook buyer Jackie Carlson on June 28.
Student Government Association elections resulted in Matthew Klein of Peru winning as student trustee, Kaitlyn Ruppert of
La Salle as SGA president, Lillian Moskalewicz of La Salle as vice president,
Cierra Espinoza of Oglesby as treasurer,
Andrea Medina of La Salle as SGA secretary,
Haley Fittanto of West Brooklyn as
sophomore representative, and Megan Brooker of Granville
and Karlee Arjes of Peru as sophomore
programming board members.
March 26 Explore IVCC event “was well planned and executed thanks to the fine
work of Quintin Overocker, Aseret Loveland and Gracelyn Quesse,” said IVCC
President Jerry Corcoran. “A long list of faculty and staff played a role in
making the event worthwhile for prospective students.”
Foundation’s April 3 Giving Day III raised over $29,000.
Success, a federally-funded TRiO program serving students who are
first-generation, low-income or with disabilities, scored a perfect 15 on the
Department of Education’s annual performance report for how well a program
meets its objectives. “Project Success exceeded all rates in persistence, good
academic standing, associate degree or certificate attainment, and transfers to
a 4-year institution. We had funding to serve 165 students and ended up serving
179,” said Corcoran.
IVCC board and chair Jane Goetz hosted the Illinois Community College Trustees
Association Northwest Region April 3. Computer aided design instructor Dorene
Data presented on the college’s MIMIC (Making Industry Meaningful in College)
program and on an initiative to increase the number of women in technology
nursing honor society Alpha Delta Nu inducted 16 members Monday.
sophomores Lillian Rodrigues of Mendota and Nic Bollis of Peru were recognized
for extraordinary academic achievements at Tuesday’s All-Illinois Phi Theta
Kappa banquet in Springfield. As Illinois’ New Century Transfer Scholar,
Rodrigues earned a $2,250 scholarship. Both she and Bollis will attend Northern
Illinois University next fall. Rodrigues plans a career as a physician’s
assistant, Bollis as a pediatric cardiologist.