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Trustees Approve New Online Nursing and Customer Service Programs

Highland Community College plans to introduce at least two new programs by January 2008. During the May meeting, Trustees approved plans to offer an online nursing degree through a regional partnership between Highland, Sauk Valley, Rock Valley, and Kishwaukee community colleges. Each college will be able to admit 10 new students to the program and will provide support services and clinical experiences locally. The new program will combine convenience with local support while boosting the College’s ability to provide additional qualified nurses.

Trustees expect a new customer service certificate program will be offered beginning in the fall. The certificate will provide students with work experience and the business skills needed to excel in a retail service environment such as management communications, computer use, inventory control and communication. Labor market information forecasts growth in this area of the employment. Students will be able to complete the certificate in three semesters or one year. Both of the new programs will be submitted to the Illinois Community College Board for approval.

Newly elected trustees Diane Gallagher of East Dubuque (second term), James Endress of Shannon (first term), and student trustee Jamie Rogers of Lena were seated during the meeting. Dr. Kanosky recognized outgoing trustee Dennis Endress and student trustee Tom Kussner for their service. Dennis served as a Highland trustee for 18 years. The new board elected Rob Urish of Mt. Morris as chair and David Shockey of Ridott as vice chair. Terri Grimes was re-appointed to the position of secretary. Trustees also established their meeting schedule, which is posted online at

The Highland Community College Board Room will now be known as the “Robert J. Rimington Board Room” in honor of one of the charter members of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Rimington served on the board from December 1966 to April 1974. During his tenure he served as chair and vice chair. He also served on the Highland Community College Foundation Board from 1963 until the time of his passing. The family of Robert Rimington gave an unrestricted gift in return for the naming opportunity.

Dean of Arts, Sciences and Learning Vicki Jensen and Academic Advisor/Transfer Coordinator Tee Jay Jackson provided the annual Transfer Monitoring Report. The report provides information about the success of Highland’s transfer students and their satisfaction with the College’s services. Transfer student GPAs support the assertion that Highland’s transfer curriculum prepares students well for the final two years of their baccalaureate degree programs. Highland’s transfer students attend a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States. The most popular transfer institutions are Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Columbia College, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University.

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