KC Approves New Nashville Education Center

September 26, 2013

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, September 23 for the regular monthly meeting. Board members include John W. Hawley (Odin), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jack Mays (Centralia), Dee Boswell (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Aviston), Kelly Bennett (Irvington), and Student Trustee Karlie Nattier (Patoka).

The Board approved the design for the new Nashville Education Center that will be built on Route 127 North of Nashville. The current plan is to move from a 3,500 square foot leased facility to 12,000 square foot college owned facility. The College plans to build a new, state of the art building that will serve 1,250 students.

The new Kaskaskia College Nashville Center will allow the college to meet the needs of the residents of Washington County. New programs will be developed and offered for the entire college. Enrollments will increase in most class offerings given larger classroom space that will accommodate on average 25 students, which is the standard on the main campus. The Center will feature increased classroom space and a dedicated science lab, nursing lab and a distance learning and a computer lab that is also open to the public. In addition the new KC Nashville Education Center will feature three business incubators, to facilitate the creation of new business and enhance the local economy.

The expansion and renovation of the Nashville Education Center is being funded jointly through $1,770,000 in bond funds and a local capitol campaign to raise $1,285,000 for a total of $3,055,000. The campaign for fundraising is expected to start with a Kick-Off scheduled for October 11 at the construction site.

The Board approved the College to proceed with actions for the sale of property located at 325 N Poplar in Centralia. The property is adjacent to the KC Workforce Center and measures 61’x160 or 9760 square feet. Market value of the land is $17,000. The property is not expected to be needed by the College in the future.

The Board learned that KC has been chosen as one of four community colleges selected to pilot the new Solar for Schools Program during its inaugural year. The program is offered under the auspices of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) and the Illinois State University (ISU) Center for Renewable Energy. This new initiative is designed to strengthen exiting partnerships between community colleges and K-12 schools, while offering professional development, curriculum resources, technical assistant and topics for solar energy in the classroom.

The Solar for Schools initiative offers a good opportunity for KC and K-12 faculty to work together in furthering the awareness and use of sustainable energy, while infusing existing courses with important new content. It also allows KC to broaden its relationship with the Illinois Green Network and will compliment other projects undertaken by the KC Green Team.

The Board heard a report concerning the recent graduation ceremony held at the Centralia Correctional Center. Over 100 student inmates earned certificates in a variety of career and technical programs including Basic Construction Occupations, Construction Occupations, Food Service, Advanced Commercial Cooking, Basic Electronic Devices, Basic Electronics, Basic Electronics Technology, Commercial Custodial Services, and Basic Restaurant Management. This theme of changing lives and hope for the future was evident in the addresses given by three students at the ceremony, as they reflected on where they have been and where they hope to be in the future. Each of their speeches was polished and highly motivational.

The Board learned that the KC Dairy Judging Team recently competed at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA. and finished 3rd High Team Overall in the contest and 2nd High Team in Oral Reasons. In addition, the team placed 2nd in Jerseys and Holsteins, 3rd in Guernseys, 4th in Ayrshires, and 5th in Brown Swiss. Individually, Brett Woker (Greenville) finished 2nd in Jerseys, 3rd in Holsteins, and 4th in Guernseys ; Morgan Wendling (Altamont) placed 5th in Holsteins, Dylan Reed (Vandalia) placed 1st in Ayrshires. Dylan Reed also finished 2nd in Oral Reasons and 6th Overall and Brett Woker placed 5th Overall.

In personnel action, Board approved the restructuring of the Financial Aid Department. Ellen Young of Salem has been named full-time Financial Aid advisor/Loan Services Coordinator and Jamie Moergen of Centralia has been named full-time Enrollment Specialist/Financial Aid Specialist.

The Board also approved the restructuring of the Enrollment Management Department effective October 1, 2013. Dr. Scott Crothers of Greenville has been named the new Dean of Student Success and Amy Troutt of Centralia was named the new Director of Student Recruitment.

The Board also accepted the resignation of Debbie Bryant, Administrative Assistant for the Dean of Instructional Services and approved a resolution dismissing Professor Kevin Ray.

The Board heard a report on the Title III External Evaluation Visit that was held August 28th and 29th. The Title III staff continue to do an excellent job of meeting project goals and their efforts and initiatives have significantly enhanced opportunities for student retention and success as well as professional development for faculty.

The Board also approved the disposition of College Property, the Board Calendar for 2013-14 and also heard the first ready for the Acting President Policy.