The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Tuesday, December 8, for its regular board meeting to discuss physical plant improvements, the Strategic Plan and statewide funding.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, updated the board on the physical plant improvements.
Future projects include plumbing and restroom revitalization at the area technical school. Projects that are under way include parking lot, welding exhaust, emergency lighting and remodeling at the area technical school, sidewalk repairs at the Colvin Adult Learning Center and Epworth Allied Health Education Center and fire alarm upgrades on the main campus and technical school.
Williams also told the board that tax credits are still in affect for this year at the 54 percent level.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, presented the latest draft of the Strategic Plan that prioritizes objectives of the plan. The components of the plan include Creating Awareness, Workforce Development, Student Learning, Employee Development, Diversity and Technology.
In light of the current fiscal challenges facing the state, Dunn also reported that the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees are trying to keep their legislative requests to items that do not require any additional funds from the state.
Dunn said it is more important to work closely with the candidates who are running for national offices to try to get their support for increased funding for the 2010-11 school year.
He also presented the results of a marketing survey, which had been conducted by the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and outlined how the public and the legislators perceive community colleges. The KACCT will now move forward on developing a new brand image for Kansas Community Colleges.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, gave an overview of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement that addressed active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student/faculty interactions and support for learners.
The results showed that more SCCC/ATS students participated in community-based projects, more used computer labs, and more talked with advisors about career plans than at most community colleges across the nation. The survey also showed that SCCC/ATS encouraged its students to have contact with more diverse communities, helped them cope with non-academic responsibilities and provided them the support that they needed to excel socially.
In other action, the board
1. Accepted the retirement of Gary Staiger, Construction Trades Technology instructor;
2. Approved continuation of the early retirement benefits for fiscal 2011;
3. Accepted the purchase of the mobile refrigerant training system from Hampden Engineering of East Longmeadow, MA in the amount of $27,139 for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program;
4. Accepted the bid from Madden Communications of Liberal in the amount of $16,565.84 for paging speakers for the Area Technical School that will be used for emergency preparedness;
5. Accepted a quote from Superior Control Concepts of North Newton in the amount of $33,750 for hardware and devices to switch from pneumatic controls to electronic heating and cooling controls in the Shank Humanities Building; and
6. Accepted a quote from Eads, Inc. of Meade, in the amount of $9,910 for installation of the new control valves in the Shank Humanities Building.
There is a come and go public brunch on Sunday, Dec. 13 and the student art show is on display through Dec. 17.
The next board meeting is Monday, Jan. 4 in the board room. Spring classes begin Monday, Jan. 11.
The Respiratory Therapy re-accreditation visit is set for Feb. 22-23.