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Draft five-year strategic plan unveiled

Mission, vision statements get updates as well

OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s draft strategic plan for 2018 through 2023 was presented to board members Thursday by Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson.

The plan will result in new mission and vision statements, as well as goals and objectives that align with key performance indicators.

In a letter introducing the plan, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said, “One of the many good things that came out of our preparing for the comprehensive quality review visit by the Higher Learning Commission team in 2016 was the decision to update our strategic plan by first breathing new life into our academic plan.

“Our plan reinforces our commitment to longstanding institutional priorities such as providing excellent and accessible higher education to our students, serving as the premier choice for lifelong learning, contributing to the economic and workforce development of the region, and distinguishing ourselves as a center for the arts, humanities and cultural offerings.”

The new mission statement is: “Illinois Valley Community College provides a high-quality, accessible, and affordable education that inspires individuals and our community to thrive.”

The vision statement is: “Illinois Valley Community College is the preferred gateway to advance individual and community success.”

In other business, the board approved an online leadership certificate that will help district companies fill vacancies with internal talent as large-scale retirements loom.

The online “Leadership Elevation Framework” certificate will target potential leaders already in the workforce and individuals changing careers.

In other business, trustees approved:

• Seeking bids for a Haas ST-10 lathe for the manufacturing lab for an estimated $52,000, a purchase covered by the capital campaign fund.

• Purchase of a tire changer and balancer for the automotive technology program for $15,378 from Tri-State Technologies of New Lenox.

• Requesting proposals for managed print services to include on-site printer repair, printer replacement, black and color toner for all covered printers and automated toner ordering.

• The appointment of economics instructor David Barnes to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Abhijeet Bhattacharya.

• The resignation of nursing instructor Patricia Pence effective July 31. Pence has accepted a full-time, tenure-track position at Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing.

• Tenure for nursing instructor Amber Knowlton.

• Purchase of a 4x4 utility vehicle for the agriculture program for $12,852 from Talty Polaris of Streator. The purchase will be paid for by a donation from 1951 LPO alumnus Ralph Scriba.

• A one-year extension of the contracts in place for President Jerry Corcoran, Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson.

• A contract with Rehmann Robson of Saginaw, Mich., for an information security audit for $14,500.

• Intergovernmental agreements with the cities of Tonica and Oglesby for new commercial TIF districts.

The board learned:

• Lorri Foockle has been appointed financial aid reconciliation and compliance specialist.

• Susan Markwell, collection development and access librarian, will resign May 11 and Justin Fundell, library technician, resigned April 27.

• IVCC extended its lease agreement with the University of Illinois Extension through June 30, 2019.

• IVCC has been named a 2017 Tree Campus USA selection by the Arbor Day Foundation. The program honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

• The IVCC Foundation will offer Illinois State Scholars a $1,000 scholarship if they enroll at IVCC in a minimum of 30 combined credit hours over the fall and spring semesters. The “15 to Finish” initiative will help students complete IVCC quicker and begin their careers sooner.

• Demonica Kemper Architects of Chicago will provide a campus master plan update for $9,280 that will “create a framework for growth and space use over the next five years.”

• A total of 36 employees were honored at the annual recognition event April 13 at Grizzly Jack’s attended by 140 employees and guests.

• On April 30, IVCC unveiled a display near the main entrance honoring Scholarship Campaign donors. The campaign raised over $700,000, 40 percent above its initial $500,000 goal.

• The 17-member Hispanic Leadership Team hosted its year-end recognition event Wednesday.

• The 37th annual Adult Education Recognition event was scheduled for May 15 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre, and the Nurse Pinning is 11:30 a.m. May 19 in the Cultural Centre, followed by the 52nd annual commencement at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.

• Corcoran credited Bob Reese, Rick Serafini, Francie Skoflanc, Paul Leadingham, Travis McGlaughlin and Dorene Data for coordinating a successful MIMIC Fair April 18. Approximately 200 people attended to view and purchase products created by student teams from CAD/engineering, marketing and accounting.

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