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June 18, 2018

5/17/2018 2:38:00 PM
Community rec center here gets IECC support
The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board is giving its support to plans to build a countywide recreation center at Lincoln Trail College.

IECC trustees, meeting at LTC Tuesday, approved a resolution expressing support for construction of the proposed center.

"This is an exciting step forward for LTC and Crawford County," LTC President Ryan Gower said.

Construction and operation of the facility will be privately funded, drawing on donations from businesses and individuals.

A contract setting forth "obligations of operations" will be adopted prior to beginning construction.

Also during the meeting, trustees learned IECC students continue to be satisfied with services provided by the colleges.

According to the latest student satisfaction survey, 95 percent of the students polled were satisfied with the quality of IECC instruction and 96 percent felt the instruction was academically challenging.

Ninety-five percent are satisfied with advisement services and 94 percent would recommend the college to others. A total of 94 percent were satisfied with financial aid services and 96 percent were satisfied with help desk services.

The survey was completed by 844 students and the results of the survey are shared with various districtwide committees as well as college committees to work on improving any area that needs attention.

In personnel matters, Ryan Hawkins, Olney, was employed as chief financial officer at the district office, effective July 1. The CFO position was left vacant with the May 1 retirement of Roger Browning.

Several personnel changes made at the meeting involve staff at the district office.

Justin Gephart was employed as broadband/telecommunications instructor at LTC effective Aug. 9. A retirement ratification was approved for LTC process technology instructor Keith Nash, effective Aug. 1.

Retirement ratifications were approved for Chief Academic Officer Jeff Cutchin, effective July 21, and Coordinator of Accreditation Compliances and Academic Services Chris Heindselman, effective Aug. 1. The resignation of istrict office Help Desk/Computer Technician Cindy Westendorf was accepted effective May 5.

A change in employment status was approved for Tracy Robinson. She will switch from being an office/computer lab assistant to international student liaison effective June 1.

Approval was given for change in academic rank from instructor to assistant professor for five faculty members.

Approval was given for change in academic rank from assistant professor to associate professor for 11 faculty members.

Approval was given for change in academic rank from assistant professor to professor for nine faculty members.

Six affiliation agreements with area health care institutions were approved dealing with the IECC programs for Pharmacy Technician, Electronic Medical Records, Certified Medical Assistant and Emergency Response.

An updated Distance Delivery Education Plan was approved. The IECC Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of an institutional strategy and structure to support and promote districtwide distance delivery opportunities.

Trustees also approved minor revisions to the policy on Substance Abuse Testing of Athletes.

The next regular board meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Olney Central College.

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