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Jim Gay is new board chairman
John Wood Community College Trustees, meeting in regular session Wednesday, April 16, elected new officers.
The slate of Board officers elected for 2014-2015 is as follows: Jim Gay, chair; Larry Fischer, vice chair; Jeanetta Green secretary. Trustees honored outgoing chair Randy Sims for his service. Sims will complete his term on the board, which ends in 2019. Seth Terwelp of Payson was sworn in as JWCC’s new Student Trustee.
A Payson-Seymour High School graduate, Terwelp was recently elected to the post by the JWCC student body. He will earn an Associate in Science degree in agriculture business in May 2015. Terwelp is a member of JWCC’s Student Government Association, Ag Club and Livestock Judging Club. Following graduation from JWCC, Terwelp plans to transfer to Western Illinois University. He is the son of Mike Terwelp of Payson and Becky Nellos of Quincy.
Terwelp succeeds Kari Barry of Liberty, who served as Student Trustee during the 2013-2014 academic year. Barry will graduate this May with an Associate in Science degree in agriculture business and transfer to Quincy University.
Gay appointed trustees to the following Board committees: Executive – himself, Fischer, and Green; Finance – Sims and Jerry Hagmeier; Curriculum – Dene Lambkin and Reginald Coleman; Personnel – Fischer and Green. Gay appointed Coleman as the Board’s representative to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA). Hagmeier will serve as first alternate ICCTA representative for JWCC.
Trustees received an update on 2015 budget planning from Mary Arp, vice president for finance and business services. Arp noted that the budget currently indicating a $100,000 shortfall, but that she feels confident savings will be found. JWCC service areas are working to trim costs to provide a balanced budget for review at the June Board meeting. Trustees will consider a possible tuition and fee increase for the 2014-15 academic year at their May board meeting.
The Board discussed graduation ceremonies set for May 16 at 7 p.m., which will include the inauguration of JWCC’s sixth president, Michael Elbe.
In other business, the Board:
Received a report on JWCC 2012-13 nursing graduate pass rates. Associate Degree Nursing graduates achieved a 90 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, which is considerably higher than the 85 percent pass rate of the 6,396 candidates who took the exam in the state of Illinois. The national pass rate for the exam was 83 percent. JWCC’s Practical Nursing graduates from the same year had a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam compared to the state pass rate of 88 percent and national pass rate of 85 percent.
Honored the 2013-2014 JWCC men’s basketball team. The team won the program’s first Mid West Athletic Conference championship, a Region 24 tournament championship and advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time since 1996. The team finished the season with a 24-11 record. Sophomore T.J. Tisdell was named a First Team All-American by the NJCAA and unanimously voted Player of the Year in JWCC’s conference and region. Tisdell is the second Trail Blazer in program history to be named a First Team All-American. The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) named JWCC’s Brad Hoyt has been recognized as the IBCA NJCAA Division II Co-Coach of the Year. Hoyt was also named Coach of the Year by the Mid West Athletic Conference and NCJAAA Division II Region 24 for the 2013-14 season.
Authorized submission of a $241,000 grant application to the Illinois Community College Board for an Adult Education Grant to create pathways for adult learners, support students’ GED completion and fund bridge activities to help adult learners begin college level programs. In the previous year, the grant helped JWCC serve more than 230 participants, of which 89 earned a GED, 37 gained employment, 65 retained employment and 6 entered college courses or training programs.
Authorized submission of a grant application for funding in an amount between $100,000 and $130,000 to the Department of Transportation – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If funded, the grant would pay tuition and marketing costs to help returning or existing Veterans and their spouses enter JWCC’s Truck Driver Training Program.
Authorized submission of a grant application for funding in an amount between $20,000 and $24,000 to the Illinois Department on Aging. The grant would help fund personnel costs associated with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in 2015. In the 2014 program year, the RSVP program provided 59,108 hours of service to community organizations.
Authorized submission of a grant application for funding in an amount between $1.2 and $1.5 million to the Department of Labor – Trade Act Community College Training grant to build upon current activities focused on manufacturing training. If funded, JWCC would be part of a consortium of community colleges in the effort and money would be used for equipment and faculty positions.
Approved submission of Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) capital projects to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). If ICCB approval is granted, the College is allowed to levy funds specifically for capital projects that improve safety at its various locations. JWCC has not levied for PHS projects since 2011. Estimated total cost for all projects is $238,000. One project would retrofit some entry/exit locations at JWCC facilities to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other projects provide for exterior and interior improvements to the Kinscherff Adult Education Center and security upgrades for several JWCC facilities.
Granted approval for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program to conduct a raffle to raise funds for the organization.
The next regular meeting of the Board will be held Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the JWCC campus in Quincy.
JWCC Public Relations provided information for this report.