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Trustees Request Approval to Begin Construction Project

Highland Community College Trustees are seeking final approval from the Illinois Community College Board to begin construction of an addition to the Natural Science Center. The submission of an application is required for projects of this nature on community college campuses across the state even when the project will be locally funded. The proposed addition to the Center will be 13,694 square feet and is designed to provide clinical training for 100 health care students. The additional space will also allow for more continuing education opportunities for working nurses in our area. The College anticipates approval in about a month and will begin the bid phase of the project at that time.

During the meeting, Trustees also approved a master facilities plan, which creates a five- to ten-year vision for the physical facilities. Each space on the campus is described as it currently is and recommendations for improvement have been prioritized into high, medium, and long-term needs.

Trustees approved the appointment of Jeremy Bradt as student information services manager. Jeremy is a Hanover native and has gained extensive experience in students services work as a student development advisor at McHenry County Community College and as resident director at University of Wisconsin - Platteville. In his new role at HCC, Jeremy will supervise records management and the admissions process.

In other business, Trustees:
• Approved the first reading of a policy revision to the controlled substances policy.
• Approved second readings of policy revisions related to intoxicants, drugs, and substance abuse assistance.
• Approved new job descriptions for a project coordinator for Partners for Employment, a nursing/allied health program assistant, and a staff development and human resources information systems coordinator.

During the annual recruitment and retention monitoring report, Trustees learned that while overall head count is declining, the College is experiencing increases in online and dual enrollment. Highland continues to maintain retention rates that exceed the national and state average at 83% retention fall to spring and 65% fall to fall. According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, the National average for two-year colleges is 54.8%.

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