The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, June 26, 2017 for its regular monthly meeting. Board members include John W. Hawley (Odin), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jack Mays (Centralia), Dee Boswell (Centralia), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), and Bryan Holthaus (St. Rose).
Kaskaskia College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale have entered into a new agreement that will further enhance the transition of KC students to SIU in three program areas: Animal Science, Construction Project Management, and Criminal Justice. KC President Dr. Penny Quinn and Board Chair Bill Hawley signed the agreements with Tamara Workman, Director of SIU’s Registrar’s Office, and Program Articulation and Outreach Coordinator Josi Young. The articulation agreements enable students who obtain their associates in the three program areas a seamless transition into the respective SIU’s bachelor programs as juniors and elimination of any duplication of instruction. Quinn said, “This is another example of KC’s dedication to student success. Kaskaskia College is always looking for articulated opportunities to help our students continue their education and work towards a bachelor’s degree when that is their desired goal.” KC Dean of Career and Technical Education George Evans said, “We are very pleased to be working with our four-year university partner SIU to greatly enhance the opportunities for our students. Its agreements like these that provide stronger and more efficient learning avenues for the students in our district.” Workman told the board SIU is also proud of their partnership with KC, adding the college really works with transfer students which make up about 50 percent of the college’s enrollment. “Transfer students are 87 percent more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree after they have completed an associate’s degree at the college level,” said Workman. “So this is very much a win-win situation.” Vice President of Instruction Dr. Greg Labyak added, “It is a great pleasure to announce the implementation of these new articulation agreements, which offer a smooth pathway for many Kaskaskia College graduates seeking a baccalaureate degree in their chosen field at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Agriculture and Criminal Justice are among our most robust programs, and our new Construction Project Management degree responds directly to employer needs and shows great growth potential. These agreements are the product of exemplary collaboration between the two institutions.” Labyak and Workman said both institutions are working on agreements for other programs.
Trustees approved a request from the Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute Committee to solicit bids for the purchase, engraving, and installation of the granite panels on the three concrete walls located on the south end of the Tribute. The Tribute Committee has raised more than $109,000 through donations and fundraising efforts towards the projected $117,000 estimate to complete this phase of the project, along with a pledge from a community member to cover the difference as their fundraising efforts continue. The committee is also looking to the public to provide names and branch of service of any area veterans to be included in this phase of the project, which is expected to be completed over the next three years. The Tribute has been, and will continue to be funded entirely through donations from the public, as well as a number of fund raising efforts by the Tribute Committee.
The board also approved a Resource Allocation Management Program, or RAMP application to be submitted to the State of Illinois to assist in three infrastructure improvement projects located on the main campus. The first request would replace the college’s aging heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the second would improve drainage on the college’s west side parking lot, while the third project would be an addition to the college’s Fine and Performing Arts building. Although the State has not earmarked any funds towards college renovation requests through the RAMP program, KC added projects to the list should funds become available.
In other action, the board reclassified Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology Lyle Gross from temporary to full-time. Additionally the retirement of Assistant Professor of Transitional Studies Sam Bundy was accepted effective July 31, and the resignation of Career and Technical Education Advisor and Perkins Coordinator Victoria Rice effective June 29. The resolutions the board acted upon include approval of the prevailing wage rate, and granting an easement with Ameren.