KC Signs Articulation Agreement with SIU-Carbondale

July 9, 2018

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, June 25, 2018 for its regular monthly meeting.  Board members include Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Dr. Dee Boswell, (Centralia), Jack Mays (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (St. Rose), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc) and student trustee Alisse Koisher (Highland).

The KC Board approved an articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale that would allow students who graduate from KC with an Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology Program a smooth transition into SIU-C’s Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology.  KC Auto Technology Program Coordinator Chuck DeBernardi says automotive students taking advantage of the agreement will transfer to SIUC as a junior with over 60 credit hours.  “Automotive Technology graduates with a bachelor degree are in great demand because the skills gap is worse for the auto manufacturers,” said DeBernardi.  “Now students from Kaskaskia College’s automotive technology degree program will be able to seamlessly transfer to SIUC’s bachelor program.”

The agreement is the latest articulation agreement KC has signed with four-year universities to help KC graduates ease their transition into a baccalaureate program.  KC Vice President of Instructional Services Dr. Greg Labyak noted the new agreement is a product of the exemplary collaboration between program faculty at SUC and KC, as well as the strong support and assistance from the administration and staff at both institutions.  “It is very gratifying to see the increasing opportunities available to graduates of our AAS in Automotive Technology and other applied programs who wish to continue their education and enhance their career options,” said Labyak.  “This agreement promises to benefit many students in the years to come, and it is indicative of the growing spirit of partnership between SIUC and KC.”  Labyak noted KC looks forward to finalizing additional agreements in other disciplines in the near future.

Trustees also approved collective bargaining agreements between the college and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council and the Kaskaskia College Technical and Office Personnel.  KC President George Evans said, “We are happy that we came to mutual agreements with the remaining two college bargaining units.  The leadership of both KCTOP and the Carpenters Union were a pleasure to work with and we feel these agreements were reached in the mutual benefit of our employees as well to the benefit of the overall health of Kaskaskia College.  These agreements once again highlight the special people whom work at this institution.”  The college and the KC faculty union had reached agreement on a new contract last month.

The board also took action on a number of personnel items accepting the retirement of Tim March as Assistant Professor Business Management effective end of the summer semester, and hiring Shelly Kuhns of Mason, Illinois as a temporary full time instructor in the nursing program for the fall semester.  Kuhns will fill in for Nichole Macon who will be on maternity leave.  The board also approved reclassifying three 30-hour safety and security positions and four custodian positions to full time.  The move will enable the college to maintain its service to the public as it moves back to a five-day-a-week schedule starting with the fall semester.  The positions were reduced to 30 hours during the state budget crisis.

In other action the board approved a bid from CGL Electric, Inc. of Centralia to replace interior emergency and exit lighting, and hallway light fixtures on the main campus, as well as a bid from Mohawk Sign Systems of Amsterdam, New York to purchase room signage that is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Both projects are being funded through the college’s Protection, Health, and Safety fund.

The board approved a resolution submitting three college improvement projects to the state for funding through the Community College Capital Resource Allocation Management Program (RAMP).  The three projects the college is placing on the list are: replacing the college’s aging heating and cooling systems, installing new concrete and a drainage system on the west parking lot of the college’s main campus and an addition for the fine and performing arts that will provide additional opportunities in Art, Theatre, Vocal and Instrumental Music programs.  Resolutions to keep minutes of the board’s closed sessions confidential, and destroying the audio recordings of those meetings were also approved.

Kaskaskia College invites you to attend a performance of the comedy troupe, “The Best of the Second City” on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 pm in KC’s Jane Knight Auditorium.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by calling 618-545-3223, or go online at tix5.centerstageticketing.com/sites/kaskaskia/.

Pictured are (seated) – Mr. Bill Hawley, Chairman of the KC Board of Trustees and Mr. George Evans, Kaskaskia College President.  Standing is Nic Farley, Dean of Career and Technical Education; Mr. Jesse Eagan, Instructor in KC Automotive Technology Program; Mr. Michael B. Behrman, Associate Dean, College of Applied Sciences and Arts; and Mr. Chuck DeBernardi, Instructor in the KC Automotive Technology Program.