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New Trustees, Student Trustee Sworn in at Parkland College

James Ayers, Bianca Green, Jonathan Westfield, Lydia Gallaher receive oath of office

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees accepted the results of the April 2 municipal elections, swearing in three trustees as well as its newest student trustee.

During their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees administered the oath of office to James Ayers, Bianca Green, and Jonathan Westfield. Ayers will serve a four-year term while Green and Westfield will serve for six years. Trustees also swore in new student trustee Lydia Gallaher. She was elected by the Parkland College student body April 10 to serve a one-year term as the student representative on the governing board for the college.

The board reviewed committee recommendations for a new general insurance brokerage services agency; the majority of the college's insurance policies are set to expire June 30.

Trustees also approved the following:

  • purchase and installation of new flooring for rooms in L wing and Aviation institute, from TSI/Commercial Flooring of Champaign, $29,990.

  • purchase of consulting for strategic enrollment management (SEM) from CLARUS Corporation of Alliance, Neb., $35,000.

  • purchase of lounge furniture for B, C, and M wings from KI, Inc., of Green Bay, Wisc., $69,178.

  • purchase of classroom furniture from KI, Inc., of Green Bay, Wisc., $60,080.

  • purchase of classroom furniture from KI, Inc., of Green Bay, Wisc., $38,049.

  • purchase instructional/office computer hardware and software, $1,605,000.

  • purchase licensing and maintenance of instructional/office computer hardware and software, multiple vendors, $1,110,528.

  • disposal of a two row corn picker (Ag/Engineering Science and Technologies and an electric fork truck (Community Education) due to age and wear.

  • personnel appointments:

    • Morgann Quilty, Director, Parkland College Library

    • Brian Morgan, Theatre Director/Theatre Tenure-Track Faculty, Fine and Applied Arts

    • Leann McPike, Computer Technology Center Director, Business/Computer Science and Technologies

    • Marya Burke, Counselor, Counseling Services

    • Mary Vidoni, Academic Advisor, Counseling Services

    • Natalie Heath, International Admissions Advisor, Admissions

    • Tylor Vannarath, Groundskeeper, Physical Plant

Trustees Approve New Career Program

New credential for students approved at Wednesday meeting

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Parkland College trustees approved curricula for a new career certificate that will help bridge the digital divide in the district.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees approved the school's new, six-credit-hour certificate, Introduction to Computers in Business. The program will go through a final review for approval with the Illinois Community College Board in the new academic year.

An extension of the college's existing Business Administrative Technology AAS program, Introduction to Computers in Business teaches keyboarding skills and file management and introduces the student to Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Google Applications. The certificate will assist efforts to close the widening gap between those who have computer skills and those who do not in Champaign County. It will also enable the college to build bridges for those with minimal skills into entry-level employment or into the Business Administrative Technology programs.

Trustees also approved the following:

  • purchase of Allen-Bradley motion-control equipment from Kirby Risk of Champaign, $32,194.

  • purchase of repair services from Poplar Grove Airmotive, Inc., $69,000.

  • hiring local media purchasing consultant firm McKenzie-Wagner, $16,250.

  • hiring consulting and advertising firm CLARUS Corporation for digital marketing services, $4,200 management fee plus contracted ads costs. 

  • purchase of a used 2018 Ford F250 XLT truck for Precision Ag Technology course field work, $37,245.

  • personnel appointments:

    • Kyle Schum, Certified Flight Instructor, Institute of Aviation

Trustees Approve New Gen Ed Certificate

GECC Certificate incorporates state's basic gen ed requirements

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Future Parkland College graduates will be able to place an additional credential on their college resumes before leaving with their degrees, without spending more to earn it.  

The Parkland College Board of Trustees Wednesday approved the school's new General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Certificate, incorporating into the credential the state's basic general education requirements for college freshmen and sophomores.

Since 1998, Parkland College has participated in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement allowing students to transfer their completed Illinois General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) course package between participating institutions. By completing the courses, distributed across five academic discipline areas, students can be assured that they have satisfied the lower-division general education requirements for their transfer institution's associate in arts or bachelor's degrees, without having to take additional lower-level gen eds.

Illinois Community College Board rules now allow colleges to award an official certificate to a student who completes the GECC. This GECC certificate is not a workforce certificate or an industry-recognized credential. It is, however, a powerful tool to aid in transfer and completion.

In other business Wednesday, trustees administered the oath of office to Matthew R. Monferdini, a graduate of the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. Prior to being hired by Parkland College Public Safety, Monferdini served as a security officer with Riverside Medical Center, in Kankakee. He has attended Kankakee Community College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Trustees also approved the following:

  • disposal of two pistols no longer needed by the Public Safety department

  • resolution identifying work contracts to the Installment Purchase Agreement entered into in connection with the issuance of Series 2008 and 2009 debt certificates

  • personnel appointments:

    • Holly Laurent, Administrative Assistant to VPSS, Administration Office

    • Le Hoang Nguyen, Environmental Safety & Sustainability, Physical Plant

    • Thomas Murray, Police Officer, Public Safety

New Career Program Degree, Certificates

Trustees approve three new credentials at meeting

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Parkland College officials approved curricula for three new career credentials and learned more about a new student start-up cohort coming this spring.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees approved the school's new Advanced Unmanned Aircraft Systems certificate, the Agriculture Retail Operations certificate, and the Advanced Applicator Technician AAS degree. The programs will go through a final review for approval with the Illinois Community College Board and, in the case of the AAS degree, Illinois Board of Higher Education in the new year.

The nine-credit-hour Advanced UAS certificate course capitalizes on a field seeing significant growth and sector diversification; drone operations affect defense, precision agriculture, remote sensing, journalism, municipal police and fire, real estate, and other industries. Parkland's Institute of Aviation offered its debut UAS certificate this fall and is using National Science Foundation grant funds to increase this valuable training. Building on the current certificate, the Advanced UAS certificate course will prepare aviation and UAS students with specific skills in drone data collection, improving employment as commercial UAS operators.

The Agriculture Retail Operations certificate and its parent program, Advanced Applicator Technician AAS, are a part of the planned Midwest Center for Precision Agriculture at Parkland College, and were developed in response to the need of retail agribusiness leaders within the precision agriculture sector. The AAS program will prepare students for careers as advanced applicator technicians. Graduates will be proficient in basic agronomic skills, operating applicator equipment, and applying applicator procedures in accordance with Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The certificate program will prepare students in inventory management, agribusiness-related computer applications, as well as the basic agronomic and computational skills required in day-to-day operations at retail facilities.

Stephanie Stuart, Parkland College's vice president for communications and external affairs, gave a status report on the new CobraVenture student entrepreneur cohort. Eleven current Parkland students representing a variety of academic disciplines were selected to participate in the program debuting next month.

Trustees also approved the following:

  • purchase of a flight training device from Frasca International, Inc., Urbana, for $335,000. The purchase of the Frasca Piper Archer AATD flight simulator will provide the training platform needed to adjust to ongoing aircraft upgrades and will more economically train flight instructors on new aircraft equipment.

  • personnel appointments:

    • Julia Hawthorne, Director of TRiO/Student Support Services, Student Services

    • Tracy Kleparski, Director of Student Life, Student Services

    • Jacob Walwer, Certified Flight Instructor, Institute of Aviation

    • Justin Jacobson, Certified Flight Instructor, Institute of Aviation

    • Jonathan Goebel, Head Coach/Fitness Center Director, Athletics

    • Stephanie Manuel, Nursing Adjunct Faculty, Health Professions

    • Maret Matthew, International Student Services Advisor, Admissions

    • Katie Raisner, TRiO/Student Support Services Advisor, Student Services

Parkland College Board of Trustees Petitions Filed

Four candidates will run for three seats opening up in April

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Parkland College officials announced today that four candidates have filed to run for positions on the Parkland College Board of Trustees.

Bianca Truitt Green of Champaign, Jonathan Westfield of Savoy and Douglas Jones of Champaign have filed for the two six-year trustee terms that are expiring next April. Green and Westfield are incumbent trustees who have served on the board since 2015 and 2017, respectively. Jones is a surgeon at Christie Clinic in Champaign.

James L. Ayers of Monticello, also an incumbent, has filed for the four-year term expiring in April. Ayers has served the on the board since 1989.

The two six-year terms will run through April 2025, while the four-year term will run through April 2023. The election will be held April 2, 2019.