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IVCC student numbers remain consistent

Illinois Valley Community College’s student demographics remained mostly stable during the fall 2017 semester compared to previous years, despite a large number of students leaving Illinois.

Associate Vice President for Student Services Mark Grzybowski gave a demographics update to board members Thursday night where he explained the number of credit hours have dipped the number of students has increased by 35 students.

“It looks like some of those full-time students dropped a class or two and opted to enroll on a part-time status,” Grzybowski said.

Students younger than 18 have increased showing success in the college’s dual-credit program as have the nontraditional student range from 21-50.

The college saw a drop of half a percentage of students aged 18 which continues a trend of the state losing freshman to other states.

He also looked at student enrollment by residence which found that Ottawa was the hometown for most IVCC students with Streator coming in second.

The college also approved tenure for faculty members Dan Serafini, mathematics, and Heather Seghi, dental assisting. Both faculty members displayed an excellence in teaching, commitment to the institution and commitment to the community, according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran also noted the college is beginning work on its new cybersecurity and Certified Medical Assistant programs which are expected to debut in fall 2019.

Union speaks

Vice President of American Federation of Teachers Local 1810 Jared Olesen spoke to the board regarding the board’s closed session at the end of the meeting. Olesen told the board they have made a “reasonable, fair offer that would solve the issue under consideration expeditiously and with the most minimal expense to the college of time, effort and resources.”

The board did not have any items on the agenda following the closed session.

In other business, the board approved:

  • Administration seeks proposals for an information security audit.
  • A $36,640 purchase of Palo Alto Firewall maintenance and support from Burwood Group, Inc. for three years which protects the college from cyber attacks.
  • An intergovernmental agreement with Marseilles regarding a downtown tax increment financing district.
  • Kevin Hermes as criminal justice instructor effective Aug. 13. Hermes previously worked as online adjunct faculty at Southern New Hampshire University and police sergeant and officer at Bensenville Police Department. Hermes comes to the college with 30 years of policing experience.
  • A bid of $352,985 for campus-wide security upgrades from Total Automation Concepts Inc.
  • A bid of $554,700 for accessibility upgrades in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre from Vanguard Contractors.
The board learned:
  • Non-tenured faculty being renewed for 2018-19 are Maddalena Alfano, Tracey Antle, Heather Knoblauch, Amber Knowlton and Taylor Myers, nursing; Tammy L. Ebner-Landgraf, early childhood education; Jean Forst, English and reading; Willard Mott, ag; and Andrew Seeger, world languages.
  • Jamie Pratt has been hired as adult education grant assistant and Ryan Schenck as network/computer systems specialist.
  • Neil Jagodzinski, financial aid advisor, will retire May 1; Laura Hooper, institutional research programmer analyst, will retire March 30; and Kim Schultz, part-time CNA instructor, will retire May 10.

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