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Parkland Board Hears Public Safety Update

Board of Trustees General Meeting, January 19

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Parkland College's Board of Trustees heard an update from administration and approved purchases at their regular meeting Wednesday.

Following an update from President Ramage, the board heard from Joshua Birky, president of the Parkland College Association. Afterward, Matthew Kopmann, chief of police and director of Public Safety, provided a presentation to the board regarding the college's police department.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:
    • a used 2004 40' Timpte ag hopper trailer, $30,000
    • furniture from Krueger International, $21,925
  • the filing of the following grant applications:
    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): FY22 Summer Youth Employment in The Arts Grant
  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:
    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI)
    • Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN): Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (IEPA funding)—General Membership Award
  • personnel appointments: 
    • Anthony Silkwood, Interim Baseball Head Coach, Fitness Center and Athletic Facilities Director, Athletics
    • Jennifer Durst, Nursing Faculty, Health Professions
    • Chinyin Chou, Nursing Faculty, Health Professions
    • Peter Nelson, Flight Instructor, Aviation
 
 
 

Parkland Board Approves Technology Update, ECCA Certificate

Board of Trustees General Meeting, December 15

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Parkland College will soon upgrade its student and employee intranets and launch a new career-skills pathway for area high school students.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of two portal platform designs to replace the existing My.Parkland.edu student and employee portal. The current portal is operating on outdated technology.

Following a year spent exploring solutions, Parkland's Intranet Exploratory Committee recommended purchasing the services of New Jersey-based technology services provider Ferrilli to design the employee portal based on the company's expertise in developing similar solutions for higher education clients. To replace the student version of the My.Parkland.edu portal, the Intranet Exploratory Committee consulted with and recommend the services of local creative firm Surface 51, which developed the relaunch of the Parkland.edu website in 2018.

Trustees also approved a new career pathway for the college's Early College and Career Academy (ECCA), culminating in the new Precision Agriculture Fundamentals certificate. This six-credit hour certificate will prepare graduating high school seniors for internships or entry-level employment in precision agriculture, and will allow stacking with other Parkland agriculture credentials such as the Precision Agriculture Technology certificate or the Precision Agriculture associate's degree.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:

    • professional services from Ferrilli, $49,350

    • professional services from Surface 51, $28,125

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Innovative Bridge and Transitions Grant

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI)

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN): Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (IEPA funding)—Energy Efficiency Internships

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Peter Delaney, Director, Information Security, Technical Support Services

    • Joshua Ingalsbe, Application Support Engineer, Technical Support Services

    • Emily Charny, IT Admin Asst., Technical Support Services

    • Amy Chamley, Child Development Faculty, Arts and Sciences

    • Charles Mitsdarfer, Agriculture Faculty, Agriculture

    • Cynthia Medrano, Learning Technologies and Collections Librarian, Learning Commons

Parkland Board Approves 2021 Tax Levy, Tax Abatement

Board of Trustees General Meeting, November 17

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At its regular meeting Wednesday, Parkland College's Board of Trustees heard updates from administration, approved a tax levy of approximately $30 million, and abated taxes for a bond issuance that is being retired with student fee revenues.

After an update from college president Tom Ramage, trustees heard from Amin Kassem, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for an update on the information technology and security at Parkland, as well as an update of the Technology Strategic Plan. Executive Director Tracy Wahlfeldt also gave an update on the activities of the Parkland College Foundation.

The board then held a public hearing on the 2021 tax levy and passed a tax levy resolution totaling $30,410,000. Chief Financial Officer Chris Randles noted that the levy may yield a slightly lower tax rate.

Additionally, trustees moved to abate the tax levied for the year 2021 on the $5.9 million of general obligation bonds it issued to help fund the College Master Plan. The series 2018C bonds are to be retired with revenues raised from a student facility fee.

In other business, trustees approved:

  the purchase of:

  • YuJa Enterprise Video Platform from YuJa, Inc, $20,000 annually from July 1, 2022—June 30, 2025
  • broadcast media system hardware and software from Midwest Computer Company, $48,071
  • full-body Phantom X-ray model bid from Supertech X-ray, $29,495
  • 36-month electricity and natural gas utility service contract with Constellation Energy
  • annual rate increase to the Child Development Center fees

  the filing of the following grant applications:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): “Integrated Drivers of Infection Genomics for One Health” (funding via NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention)
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA): Build Back Better Regional Challenge—Phase 1 (Concept Proposal)
  • American Association of Community College Trustees & Education Strategy Group: Noncredit and Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL)

  the acceptance of funds from external sources:

  • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Scaling Apprenticeship Program (supplemental)
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): General Operating Support (GOS) Grant
  • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Career & Technical Education Perkins Postsecondary Grant
  • Illinois Community College Board: Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds (GEERF II)
  • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Adult Education & Literacy Grant

  personnel appointments:

  • Mina Cho, Simulation Coordinator, Health Professions
  • Jason Maldonado, HR Specialist, Human Resources
  • Ellen Elghammer, Admissions Advisor, Admissions
  • Sarah Winker Uy, Admissions Advisor, Admissions
  • Cyndy White, Student Records Advisor, Admissions
  • Leeann Smith, Asst. Teacher, Child Development Center
  • Kevin Tiedemann, Financial Aid Advisor, Financial Aid

Parkland Board Hears Report on SWFT Program

Board of Trustees General Meeting, October 20

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At their regular meeting Wednesday, Parkland College's Board of Trustees heard updates from department leads, including a report on the college's Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) program.

Alicia Beck, director of the SWFT program, gave an update regarding the program, which is supported by a $1.2 million grant from the Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI), a consortium of Illinois community colleges providing free short-term training and student supports through an equity lens.

Since 2019, the SWFT program has served nearly 350 students in short-term certificate programs across a variety of in-demand industries, including healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, construction, and technology. The grant program, championed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and locally by State Representative Carol Ammons, aims to move African-American residents into career pathways that pay family-sustaining wages. To date, Parkland has exceeded its goals for enrollment and participant diversity. Students obtaining employment in their career area have reported average starting wages between $19-$21 per hour.

Dean of enrollment management Kristin Smigielski provided the board with enrollment reports from Summer 2021 and Fall 2021, and Josh Birky, program manager of grants and contracts, gave an annual grants report.

Next, trustees reviewed and approved the re-submission of a capital improvement project to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) under the Resource Allocation Management Program (RAMP). With the local growth of health professions and STEM fields, the project would build a new Physical Sciences Training Center, a 27,000 sq. ft. construction addition to campus primarily used as chemistry and biology labs and classrooms, to allow for expanding enrollment in these courses.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:
    • services from ProTrain, $30,000
    • elevator service and maintenance from Kone, Inc., $30,879
    • employment services contracting with Manpower, $275,000
    • bid for Phase 1 of upgrading exterior and interior door locks from Bodine Electric, $1,995,261
    • two-year pricing agreement for services from Rock Gate Capital, DBA 160 Driving Academy
  • the filing of the following grant applications:
    • Illinois Community College Board: Governor's Emergency Education Relief Funds (GEERF II)
    • Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN): Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (IEPA funding)—Energy Efficiency Internships
  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:
    • NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education: 2021 First-Generation College Celebration Grant
    • U.S. Department of Education: Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)
    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Apprenticeship Grant: Customized Apprenticeship Programming—Information Technology (CAP-IT) (DOL-ETA, Year 3 funding)
  • personnel appointments: 
    • Kim Pankau, Associate Dean, Health Professions
    • Sarah Hartman, Interim Associate Director, Admissions
    • Jason Maldonado, HR Specialist, Human Resources
    • Katherine Neal, Employment Coordinator, Human Resources
    • Martha Jacobson, Employment/Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources
    • Anita Taylor, Department Assistant, Arts and Sciences
    • Eddie Walker, Custodian, Physical Plant
    • Kenyatta Whitfield, Custodian, Physical Plant

Parkland College Foundation to Host Virtual "Creating Impact" Celebration

Creating Impact Virtual Celebration Scholarship Fundraiser

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The Parkland College Foundation will host its 24th annual community celebration "Creating Impact" virtually this year in the form of a week-long fundraising campaign, beginning October 25 and ending October 28. Proceeds benefit deserving students at Parkland College.

The Creating Impact Virtual Celebration will highlight the Foundation's donors and community sponsors, raise funds for students, and include videos that offer an opportunity to hear how the Parkland College Foundation creates impact throughout the district and in the lives of Parkland students. 

The Creating Impact Celebration is the only scholarship fundraiser of the year for Parkland College. At last year's event, the Foundation raised nearly $52,000 for scholarship and student emergency funds. 

To participate in the Creating Impact Virtual Celebration, please visit parkland.edu/creatingimpact. For more information about how to invest in the Parkland community, call 217/351-2464 or email foundation@parkland.edu.

Longview Capital Corporation is a presenting sponsor. 

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