Following a tour of the new drafting laboratory and other facilities on the technical school site, the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday for its regular board meeting.
Steve Merz, Drafting and Design Technology instructor, showed the board the new classroom, desks and computers for the drafting program. In addition, he explained the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment that was purchased last year with a grant and is used in the drafting program.
The board also saw a demonstration of the new hydraulic lift that was installed in the Automotive Technology I laboratory, and received information on the potential use of facilities for a proposed natural gas compressor technician program.
Marvin Chance Jr. reported on the recent Kansas Association of Community College Trustees meeting and Phi Theta Kappa Honors luncheon recently in Topeka. Jett Eder of Sharon Springs and Sergio Padilla of Liberal were honored along with students from the other 19 Kansas Community Colleges.
SCCC/ATS will host the KACCT quarterly meeting in June. Trustees and administrators from the 19 Kansas community colleges will be in Liberal June 19 and 20.
The Board accepted the retirement of Ed Poley, director of the technical school programs, effective June 30, 2009. The board and administration expressed appreciation to Mr. Poley for his years of service to the area technical school and his commitment to the implementation of the merger.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, told the board about the upcoming Strategic Planning process that will create a working plan for 2010-2017. The plan will be designed to give direction to the administrative team over the next seven years as the college enters its 40th year of providing classes. Community representatives will join college employees to facilitate each of the planning committees. Community members, Trustees, all employees, and students will be encouraged to participate in focus group discussions as part of the planning process. The strategic plan will be presented to the public in June.
The focus group categories will include Helping Students Learn, Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives, Understanding Students’ and Other Stakeholders’ Needs, Valuing People, Leading and Communicating, Supporting Institutional Operations, Measuring Effectiveness, Planning Continuous Improvement and Building Collaborative Relationships.
Cynthia Rapp reported that Dr. Deborah Loper with the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission completed her site confirmation visit regarding the merger with Southwest Kansas Technical School. Loper commended the college on meeting the requirements for the merger. She will submit her findings in a written report to the Higher Learning Commission.
The site visit was designed to show that “we are doing what we said we would do as we move forward with the merger,” Rapp said.
The board approved a new distribution of credit hour fees for the summer 2009 semester through spring 2010. The distribution includes $4.50 for scholarships; $11, revenue bond retirement; $1.50, student activity accounts; and $5, technology fee. There is no increase in credit hour fees from the current amount, but the distribution now allows for increased student access to scholarship funds.
Ed Poley, director of the Area Technical School, told the board that enrollment is looking good for the fall 2009 semester in some of the programs that have had low enrollment in the past. A number of students have filled out applications for admission in Construction Trades Technology, Machine Tool Technology and Drafting and Design Technology. He also indicated a recent increase in individuals attending industrial programs on a part-time basis for retraining needs due to employment changes and/or relocation.
In other action, the board
1. Adopted a revision to board policy 201 that includes Dustin Ormiston as the newest member of the board;
2. Adopted a revision to board policy 503 regarding Resolution/Investment of College Fund or Designation of Depositories and Securing Deposits and Investments;
3. Reviewed the list of applied course fees for the fall 2009 semester;
4. Accepted the bid from Tatro Plumbing of Garden City in the amount of $84,500 for new ventilation in the Diesel Technology lab that meets air quality standards; and
5. Accepted the quote form Innerface Architectural Signage of Atlanta, Ga., in the amount of $16,403.55 to change the directional signage and the front sign at the Area Technical School to reflect the name change.
Open positions on campus include Academic and Career Advisor, Student Development Coordinator, Social Science instructor, Drama/Communications instructor, Natural Gas Technology instructor, director of Adult Basic Education, Web site and portal manager and secretary to the Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Education Division.
Medical Laboratory Technician site visit for reaccreditation is Wednesday and Thursday. The SCCC Development Foundation will sponsor the Chamber Breakfast at 7 a.m., Friday, March 6 in the Student Activities Center. The University of Kansas Dole Lecture series on Abraham Lincoln will conclude on March 17. Spring break is March 14-22 with no classes offered but campus offices will be open.
The next board meeting is Monday, April 6.