2019 Board of Governors Minutes

January 17, 2019

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
January 17, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held prior to the meeting. The agenda included an update on construction projects at the college.

Chair Austin Miller called the Jan. 17, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 11 board members present. Miller asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – present

POLICY ITEMS

Miller announced the slate of officers for 2019. They are as follows:

Roger Davis, Chair
Sam Cowan, Vice Chair
Sandra Borden, Secretary
John A. Novotny, Treasurer
Diane Keller, NCCA Representative
Austin Miller, NCCA Representative
Sandra Borden, NCCA Representative Alternate 

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the above mentioned slate of officers for 2019.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye                                                 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

John Higgins, Legal Counsel, administered the Oath of Office to the newly appointed officers for the Board of Governors for 2018. Sandra Borden will be sworn in at the February 22, 2018.

Chair Austin Miller presented outgoing Chair Linda Aerni with an appreciation plaque for her service, dedication, and leadership to the Board. Dr. Gotschall also presented Linda Aerni with a service award plaque for her 15 years of service on the CCC Board.

John Higgins, legal counsel, administered the Oath of Office to the newly appointed officers for the Board of Governors for 2019.

Dr. Davis presented outgoing Chair Austin Miller with an appreciation plaque for his service, dedication, and leadership to the board.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Roger Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Paul Krieger volunteered to review the claims prior to the Feb. 21, 2019, board meeting in Hastings.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for Jan. 17, 2019, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the Nov. 15, 2018, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2018, totaling $4,687,872.57 and from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, totaling $4,380,209.09.
  4. Financial reports as of Nov. 30, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018.
  5. Purchases:
    1. Pool Vehicle Replacement – Kearney Center: The College President recommends the purchase of this fleet vehicle for $25,936.00, leveraging the State of Nebraska contract number 14862 OC.

    2. Auctioneer Services – Hastings Campus: These services are for the house being built by students in the construction program. The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Olson Auction Inc. for 2.5% of the winning bid price. The funds for the project were planned as a part of the FY 2019 budget cycle.

    3. Furnas Parking Lot Replacement – Hastings Campus: The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from Werner Construction in Hastings, Neb., for $527,821.25 to provide the labor and material for the parking lot replacement project on the Hastings Campus.

    4. Golf Course Well Replacement – Hastings Campus: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Sargent Drilling of Hastings, Neb., for $181,320.00 with the college responsible for $118,454.00 for the new well. To be located on the Elks golf course on the Hastings Campus.

    5. Gymnasium Floor Replacement – Columbus Campus: The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Bierman Contracting in Columbus, Neb., for $168,000.00 to provide the labor and material for the gymnasium floor replacement.

    6. Kearney Building Remodel – Hastings Campus: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Lacy Construction of Grand Island Neb., for $220,000.00 for the remodel of the Kearney Building on the Hastings Campus.

  6. Personnel 
    1. John Willmes: The College President recommends that John Willmes be offered a pro-rated 87-day contract as a full-time welding instructor in Grand Island, Neb., effective Jan. 1, 2019.
    2. Dustin McCord: The College President recommends that Dustin McCord be offered a pro‐rated 87‐day contract as a full‐time diesel technology Instructor in Hastings, Neb., effective Jan. 1, 2019.
    3. William Hitesman: William Hitesman, president of the Hastings Campus, has notified the college and the Board of Governors of his intention to retire on June 3, 2019. Dr. Gotschall thanked him for his 17 years of service to the college.

Austin Miller reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to accept the consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Academic Education Report – Dr. Bev Clark, dean of academic education, gave an overview of the college’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as well as Early College, which he said has shown a slow but steady increase in FTE in a four-year period.

Dee Johnson, library resource center supervisor at the Columbus Campus, described the library services available onsite at CCC’s three campuses as well as those available to off-campus students.

Rachel Brown, a math instructor who also served as interim associate dean of academic education at the Grand Island Campus, explained the college’s Math Paths, which split the foundations course, Math Essentials, into two options: practical math for students who need to meet prerequisites for associate of applied science degrees in business, occupational and technical programs and pre-algebra for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution. The college began offering the first two Math Paths courses this semester, and will begin offering the third course, pre-statistics, in the 2019 fall semester.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Appoint Audit Committee Members: Davis asked for volunteers to serve on the Audit Committee. Diane Keller, Austin Miller and Rita Skiles volunteered to serve on the Audit Committee for 2019.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to accept the Audit Committee members for 2019.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Tuition and Fees for 2019-20: Tuition will increase by $2 from $88 to $90 and fees will increase by $3 from $12 to $15 per credit hour. The resulting $105 per credit hour will put CCC in the middle of the cost of other community colleges. There will be no change in the cost for room, but board will increase by 2.9 percent. 

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to approve the tuition, fees, room and board rates for 2019-20.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

CIT Phase II Construction Bid: This project consists of an interior remodel at the existing CIT building on the Grand Island Campus. The remodel of about 8,000 square-feet will include new restrooms, classrooms and lab space.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the low acceptable bid from Chief Construction Company in Grand Island, Neb., for $1,267,000.00 to provide the labor and materials for the second phase of CIT addition and remodel.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Health/Science Remodel/Addition – Columbus Campus: Craig Boroff, college facilities manager, presented a proposed project that will enhance and strengthen the ability of the nursing, science and other programs to meet the educational and training needs of both students and the community. The creation of a CCC STEM Center will involve the addition and remodel of 12,000 gross square-feet of the East Education Center as well as the addition of approximately 21,500 square-feet. Both the remodeled areas and new construction will include upgraded technology, collaboration areas and lab spaces.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve the submitting of the program statement to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education..

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

Boroff shared a working draft of the 2019-20 Capital Budget.

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Dr. Candace Walton reported on Graduate Outcome Salaries, using 2016-17 data from the Department of Labor. She highlighted mechatronics for having the highest starting salary and quality technology for showing the greatest increase in starting salaries.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Condolences to staff and family on the December deaths of part-time Lexington community education coordinator JoHannah Hochstetler as well as student Rachel Brown of the Kearney Center.
  • Since November, Dr. Gotschall has participated in the Nebraska Chamber Economic Development Summit, ESU 7 Superintendent Legislative Meeting and Nebraska Association of County Officials meeting.
  • Nebraska Legislative Day will be Feb. 7 in Lincoln and will give college administration and board members a chance to visit the offices of CCC’s 11 senators.
  • Twenty-five county tour has been completed. A common theme was the willingness of high schools to consider adding more early college offerings. Other common themes for these communities were pursing creative avenues to address housing shortages; seeing wider gaps in economic strength; seeking quality of life improvements in medical, recreational and education facilities and services; searching for assistance with small business development and partnership opportunities; and dealing with regular turnover in new administrators, counselors and teachers.
  • Congratulations to the Hastings Chapter of SkillsUSA for a successful reindeer fundraiser that benefited the Habitat for Humanity family living in a house CCC construction students helped to build.
  • The college has received positive news on NCLEX pass rates in nursing.
  • Over 620 students earned a certificate, diploma or degree from CCC as of the end of the Fall 2018 semester.
  • A very successful CCC Foundation community recognition event was held at the Elks Club in Hastings.
  • Employee service awards honored over 894 years and nine months of collective employment and service to CCC!
  • CCC is hosting four third-year nursing student visitors from Ulsan College in South Korea from mid-January through mid-February. The students will be living on the CCC-Columbus campus and interacting with nursing faculty, English instructors and community health organizations during their stay.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY STUBBS that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 2:54 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:32 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 3:34 p.m.

February 21, 2019

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
February 21, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held at Central Community College-Hastings, 550 S. Technical Blvd., Hastings, Nebraska.

Chair Roger Davis called the Feb. 21, 2019, meeting to order at 1:04 p.m., with eight board members present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – absent
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Diane Keller volunteered to review the claims prior to the March 21, 2019, board meeting in Grand Island.

Public Participation

Davis requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller, public relations and marketing director, if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for Feb. 21, 2019, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the Jan. 17, 2019, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, totaling $8,270,122.30.
  4. Financial report as of Jan. 31, 2019
  5. Purchases:
    1. Welding Renovation – Grand Island Campus: The project consists of expanding the existing grinding room and updating the OA cutting area. The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from MidPlains Construction Company in Grand Island for $215,000.00 to provide the labor and material for the welding renovation on the Grand Island Campus.
  6. Personnel: None

Paul Krieger reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY MILLER to accept the consent items.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Foundation Report:

Executive Director Dean Moors reported the CCC Foundation has consolidated assets of $41.8 million as of Jan. 31, 2019. 

The foundation also has the following new funds:

  • The CCC Food Pantry Fund now allows monetary donations to be given to the food pantries at the Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings campuses and the Kearney Center.
  • The Student Veterans Association Fund will help military and veteran students pay for campus/community projects they’re organizing and for the cost of travel to conferences.
  • The Student Success Fund will provide additional support to students who encounter unforeseen emergency or life events that would otherwise prevent them from completing their education at CCC.
  • The Cornhusker Power Employees Endowed Scholarship was set up to provide scholarships for students from CPPD service territories.
  • The Jennifer A. Hoagland Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends and will be awarded to a student in the business division on the Hastings Campus.
  • The AMDT/WELD Endowed Scholarship will be used to provided Advanced Manufacturing Design Technology and Welding Technology scholarships for students on the Hastings Campus.
  • The Ganow Dental Hygiene Endowed Fund was established by. Dr. Wayne Ganow, a former dentist in Hastings, and his wife, Celia. Funds can be used by the dental hygiene program for equipment or scholarships for students.
  • The Women’s Soccer Fund will support the women’s soccer program on the Columbus Campus.
  • The Emerson Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Robert and Verdella Emerson through a charitable remainder uni-trust Bob established while serving on the CCC Foundation board from 1993-2013.
  • The CNA/Elderly Care Fund will provide scholarships for students in nursing-related programs at the Kearney Center.

The following existing scholarships are now endowed:

  • The Dvoracek-Woodward Endowed Scholarship is for a student from Howard, Polk or York counties who is attending the Hastings Campus.
  • The Mike Swanson Welding Endowed Scholarship is for a welding student on the Hastings Campus.
  • The Ord Learning Center Endowed Fund, which can be used to support the Ord Learning Center or for scholarships for students attending classes at the center.

Moors also reported on the progress of the Hastings Campus advanced manufacturing addition and welding expansion campaign, plans for the health science and STEM campaign at the Columbus Campus, the success of the community appreciation event in Hastings, and the celebration of the foundation’s 30th anniversary on March 1. 

Hastings Campus Report:

Presenters included:

  • Media arts instructor Drew Ceperley, who introduced Flynn Nester of Superior who designed the Hastings Campus report.
  • Lindsay Higel, director of the hospitality management and culinary arts program, who introduced Courtney Rempe, kitchen and catering manager, and Dustin Schmidt and Ronnie O’Brien, instructors. She gave a brief history of the program; an overview of the degree, diploma and certificate options; and a description of a 2013 remodel that made the kitchen more efficient. Students learn essential skills by running all aspects of the Woodlands at Central dining room, by planning events such as last year’s Native Corn Event, and by catering small dinners involving 25 people as well as the large ThermoKing Thanksgiving dinner with 470 people.
  • Automotive technology instructors Kyle Finecy, John Oberheide and Nick Kelly, who described the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications CCC students can earn; the addition of a Hunter Revolution Tire machine to the tire, wheel and brake classes; the creation of a STEM program that allows high school students to take auto classes at the Hastings Campus; and the five remodeled classrooms that have led to a much improved learning environment. They also demonstrated zSpace, a technology tool that allows people to interact with simulated objects (such as gears) in a virtual environment.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Scott Miller stated no one had signed in for Public Participation.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Online Privacy Policy: The privacy policy relates to the collection, protection and disclosure of information resulting from the use of the college’s websites and apps, including both information that is collected automatically and information you provide voluntarily. The college does not redistribute or sell personal information collected through our websites or apps and complies will all applicable state and federal privacy statutes. The college will also comply with lawful subpoenas or court orders, whose scope may include data gathered through websites and apps.

MOVED BY KRIEGER SECONDED BY MILLER to approve the college’s online privacy policy.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

2019-20 Capital Budget:

The 2019-20 capital budget was presented to the board for tentative approval. Questions were answered about specific items. The budget includes $3,022,300 from the ADA/hazardous materials account, $2,543,622 from revenue bond funds and $11,115,982 for capital improvements on all campuses and learning centers.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to give tentative approval of the 2019-20 capital budget.

Aerni – absent
Borden – nay
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

7 – aye
1 – nay 

MOTION CARRIED

Lexington Center Equipment

This project consists of installing FESTO testing equipment in the back part of the Dawson County Opportunity Center, where CCC-Lexington is also located. Buying the equipment and eventually remodeling the space will be a team effort with the City of Lexington, Tyson Foods, public and private grants, and CCC providing services and/or funding. The equipment will be used to provide customized training for employees of Tyson and other area businesses as well as CCC students. The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Mid-West 3D Solutions for $114,937.96.

MOVED BY STUBBS, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the bid from Mid-West 3D Solutions to install FESTO testing equipment at the Lexington Center.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

Craig Boroff presented an overview of the planned remodel of the second floor of CCC-Hastings’ Platte Building. The remodel will include a new media arts lab which will bring the graphic arts program into the building so that the entire media arts program will be in the same location. It also will include three new classrooms, two teaming rooms, conference room, online teaching room, tutoring area and faculty suite.

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Brian McDermott reported on the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program. Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the program pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. He reported that:

  • CCC has the second highest number of awards, number of recipients, credit hours paid for and numbers of scholarships in the state behind the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
  • CCC has the fifth highest average award amount in the state.
  • Like most of the colleges, the majority of courses taken aligned with general education courses and a smaller number aligned with skilled and technical science programs.
  • In addition to UNO and CCC, other significant providers of dual credit courses to ACE scholarship recipients include Nebraska Wesleyan University, Wayne State College and Northeast Community College.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • David Stubbs, Sandra Borden and I attended the NCCA legislative day where we spoke with nine of our 11 state senators representing CCC districts.
  • Austin Miller, Diane Keller, John Novotny and I attended the ACCT Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., meeting with all of our federal congressional delegation and their staff members.
  • Congratulations to Ben Newton, sustainability director, on a successful panel presentation at the Higher Education Climate Summit in Tempe, Ariz., on the college’s work with resiliency committees.
  • Congratulations to Travis Karr on being selected to serve as a member of the 2019 Military Friendly Schools Advisory Council. The council is comprised of influential stakeholders in veteran service organizations, military education, and employment whose organizations or institutions are striving to be “better for veterans” and the military community. We also learned this past month that CCC has been awarded the Gold Standard on the GI Jobs’ 2019-20 Military Friendly School national designation list.
  • I participated in the Greater Nebraska Workforce Development Board meeting held in Grand Island, which included a tour of Case New Holland. This past month I attended Chamber of Commerce banquets in Kearney and Hastings as well as the State Chamber meeting/banquet.
  • A joint UNK/CCC press conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at CCC-Kearney to announce a new pathways program between the two organizations.
  • As required by federal law, a variety of consumer information is sent to all faculty, staff and students each semester. If you would like to receive a printed report, you can stop by any CCC Student Financial Aid Office or the Dean of Enrollment Management Office.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel. 

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 3:04 p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY STUBBS, SECONDED BY BORDEN to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:43 p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY COWAN to adjourn.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – absent
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye          

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

 Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

March 21, 2019

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
March 21, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska. 

Chair Roger Davis called the March 21, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 11 board members present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Austin Miller volunteered to review the claims prior to the April 18, 2019, board meeting in Grand Island.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for March 21, 2019, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the Feb. 21, 2019, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, totaling $4,350,065.07.
  4. Financial report as of Feb. 28, 2019.
  5. Purchases:
    1. 300 Wing Restroom and Student Center Remodel: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Mid Plains Construction Company of Grand Island Nebraska for $462,800.00 to provide the labor and materials for the 300 restrooms and student center on the Grand Island Campus.
    2. Asbestos Removal for Hamilton Building: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Great Plains Asbestos Control for $13,650.00 to provide the disposal of asbestos at the Hamilton building on the Hastings Campus.
    3. West Education Restroom Remodel: The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from Bierman Construction from Columbus Nebraska for $312,000.00 to provide the labor and material for the West Ed remodel on the Columbus Campus.
  6. Personnel: None

Diane Keller reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Training and Development Report: Presenters included:

  • Dr. Kelly Christensen, dean of training, who explained that the training and development department consults with clients with unique training needs both large and small.
  • Elizabeth Smith, tri-city leadership development coordinator and trainer, who gave an overview of the CCC’s leadership development program which helps participants enhance their skills in such areas as communication, conflict resolution and team building.
  • Marni Danhauer, associate dean of extended learning services and training, who discussed worker training grants. These grants generally pay about 50 percent of the training cost and the employee pays the other 50 percent. The grants are usually awarded to the employer; but the college will take the lead if a group of small employers want training but don’t have the resources to manage the grant.
  • Doug Pauley, associate dean of training and development, who gave an overview of the CCC-Tyson Foods-City of Lexington Industrial Training Project. The project includes 691 hours of training for 12 individuals hired by Tyson. The training will involve four hours a day and four days a week and could ladder into credit classes at CCC. An unused area in the Dawson County Opportunity is being remodeled for the training, thanks to collaborative funding from the City of Lexington, Tyson Corporate and Aksarben and Nebraska Worker Training grants.
  • Sandy Samuelson, training outreach coordinator, who talked about the students from different walks of life who were recruited for and then accepted into the Gap Program Welding Training. One of the 12 students was Amie Maxwell, a 37-year-old single mom of two boys. She told the board that when she was growing up, she liked to help her dad build things but she never pursued those interests as a career. When she saw the Facebook ad for the training program, she knew it was something she wanted to do. She is now employed by Allmand Brothers in Holdrege and said it was the program that built her confidence.

Health Sciences Report:

Dr. Paulette Woods-Ramsey, dean of health occupations, gave an update on the new pharmacy technology program;

  • Ten students from Nebraska are enrolled in the program
  • Eleven students have already been accepted for the 2019 fall semester, and three additional students are in the process of getting accepted.
  • The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has already designated CCC as a recognized education/training program, making the college one of only three in the state to have this designation.
  • An onsite accreditation visit is set for fall 2019.

She also reported on two services that are boosting student retention in health services programs. One is Project HELP, which provides support for both long-term and short-term programs. The second service involves the career coaches who help students navigate college services and develop study strategies. 

Pam Bales, associate dean of nursing, expanded on the theme of retention by discussing the two part-time retention coaches assigned to the nursing program. Of the 211 students referred to the coaches, 128 (61 percent) were retained, and 68 percent of them had improved grades.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Platte Building Second Floor Remodel: This project consists of an interior remodel and roof replacement at the existing Platte Building at the Hastings Campus. The remodel is approximately 13,000 square feet and includes new classrooms, labs and office spaces. New construction includes EPDM roofing, concrete, metal studs, gypsum wallboard, carpet, ceilings, casework, doors, lights, mechanical equipment, and A/V. The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from Lacy Construction from Grand Island, Nebraska for $1,325,000.00 to provide the labor and materials for the remodeling project.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY MILLER to approve the Platte Building second floor remodel.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Dr. Woods-Ramsey reported on state and national certification pass rates for the LPN, ADN, dental hygiene and occupational therapy programs. The first three programs are exceeding the national and state pass rates; the OTA program continues to have strong pass rates. 

Also addressing the board was Mariah Popple, a current CCC student and HELP grant participant from Juniata. She said she is a nontraditional student who is completing her first year at CCC and hopes to be accepted into the nursing program. She is balancing school with working part-time as a CNA at Mary Lanning Hospital and raising a young daughter. Although her fiance has a full-time job, she said she couldn’t have afforded school without the financial support provided by Project HELP. This support included such things as an $800 scholarship, payment of the CNA course, gas cards and scrubs. She said she achieved a 4.0 GPA her first semester.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Over 2,500 high school agriculture students were on our Hastings and Columbus campuses this past month competing in District Agriculture contest.
  • The Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings chapters of Phi Theta Kappa honor society earned awards at the recent Kansas/Nebraska Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conference.
  • Three students and advisor Travis Karr attended the 2019 Student Veterans Association (SVA) National Conference in Orlando, Florida and returned with ideas for CCC.
  • Several CCC representatives attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the new Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies (NCAPS) at Sandy Creek High School.
  • Central hosted our first “signing day” for 23 future diesel students who have made a commitment to attend CCC-Hastings in the fall.
  • UNK and CCC’s Pathway press conference was successful with several media outlets in attendance and supporters of both UNK and CCC.
  • Other activities this month included testifying for the Unicameral’s Appropriations Committee and the Education Committee; attending the opening session of Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney; and presenting with others from CCC on the Math Readiness project to members of the Cooper Foundation of Lincoln.
  • At CCC, activities included open forums in Columbus, Hastings and Grand Island; retiree events; band concert; photography student exhibit; athletic events; and student group fundraising.
  • The Nursing Job Fair at College Park included 50 different health care facilities this year.
  • The CCC Foundation hosted an open house celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 2:22 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY BORDEN to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:13 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY BORDEN to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye  

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

 Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

April 18, 2019

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
April 18, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Chair Roger Davis called the April 18, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – absent
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Rita Skiles volunteered to review the claims prior to the May 16, 2019, board meeting in Kearney.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for April 18, 2019, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the March 21, 2019, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from March 1 through March 31, totaling $5,110,283.39.
  4. Financial report as of March 31, 2019.
  5. Purchases:
    1. North Education Inject Mold Lab Remodel: The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from BD Construction of Columbus, Nebraska, for $245,633.00 to provide the labor and material for the remodel of the North Education injection mold lab on the Columbus Campus.     
  6. Personnel: None       

Austin Miller reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to accept the consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Skilled and Technical Sciences Report: Presenters included:

  • Nate Allen, dean of skilled and technical sciences, said the STS division serves the three industrial sectors of construction, manufacturing and transportation and will begin serving the fourth sector of energy when the energy technology program launches this fall. CCC has 14 STS programs with five available at the Columbus Campus, three at the Grand Island Campus, 11 at the Hastings Campus and two at the Kearney Center. There are 13 associate degrees, eight specializations, 17 diplomas and 32 certificates. The STS division also works closely with the extended learning services department on the Career Pathway programs. Nine high schools have at least one STS pathways program and five high schools have multiple programs. Sixteen of the STS pathway programs lead to a CCC certificate, and 48 certificates will be awarded to high school students for the spring 2019 semester.
  • Gary Senff, welding technology instructor at the Columbus Campus, explained how his program serves a lot of area businesses and industries as well as high school students. Instruction is individualized with each course having objectives that students have to meet. He also described how his lab uses scrap material for students to practice on. Industry can then come and take it for scrap price, and there is no cost to the college.
  • Amy Stuart, drafting and design instructor at the Grand Island Campus, said renovation of the CIT building led to her program being relocated next to the welding and electrical technology programs. This has been a benefit for her structural drafting and design students who can get feedback, from the electrical students if what they’ve drafted or designed is correct. She said she’s proud that many of her students find employment in their last semester at the college and will already be working while finishing up their degrees.
  • Keith Dubas, construction technology instructor at the Hastings Campus, said the house built each year on campus is built by first-year constructions students. They are briefed in the classroom and then immediately go apply those skills on the home. The second-year students go off campus for a project, which is generally the Habitat for Humanity house. This project allows them to learn how to manage each other. He also outlined said the program has added classes on concrete pouring and consolidated a lot of one-hour courses into three-hour courses that ease the pathway to a certificate for both high school and CCC students.
  • Laurel Bain, president of the CCC-Hastings SkillsUSA chapter. She and several fellow students won medals at the SkillsUSA state competition just held in Grand Island. She received a gold medal in masonry, something she wouldn’t have tried without Keith Dubas’ encouragement. She said she has been involved with SkillsUSA since 2011 when she was a middle schools student, and that it has been a great learning experience. She said it was the main reason she chose CCC when she was looking for a construction technology program – because it had a SkillsUSA chapter and the other schools didn’t.
  • Jerrod Punchochar, a second-year construction student, also belongs to the CCC-Hastings SkillsUSA chapter. He was one of the four students making up the “Teamworks” team that won a gold medal at the SkillsUSA state competition. He said the construction program is a great program. The 27-year-old said he returned to school after working in production manufacturing for the last nine years.
  • Keith Dubas presented Bill Hitesman, president of CCC-Hastings, with a plaque in recognition of his service on the SkillsUSA Board of Directors as an administrator representative of college/technical schools from 2013 to 2019.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Faculty Negotiated Agreement: This is a one-year agreement between CCC and the Central Community College Education Association (CCEA) for the 2019-20 academic year. Candace Walton noted that the CCEA negotiation team did not conduct a faculty vote on the negotiated agreement.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve the faculty negotiated agreement.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Worksheet for Full-Time Salary and Classified Wages and Benefits:

Sandra Borden presented an amendment to the document to change the sentence in Paragraph B from:

Employees who will exceed the maximum rate as a result of the increase will be adjusted to the maximum rate.

To:

Eligible hourly employees who will exceed the maximum rate as a result of the increase will be adjusted by 1.125 percent.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to accept the amendment.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to approve the Worksheet for Full-Time Salary and Classified Wages and Benefits.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

Architectural Services for East Education Stem Center: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Wilkins ADP of Kearney, Nebraska, to provide the architectural services for the East Education Stem Center remodel/addition on the Columbus Campus.

MOVED BY STUBBS, SECONDED BY SKILES to approve Wilkins ADP to provide architectural services for the East Education Stem Center.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Mandatory Assessment and Recommended Placement

Candace Walton reported that independent researchers and standardized testing agencies have been encouraging educational institutions to reconsider their use of assessment tests as sole source for placement into courses and other decisions.

On Aug. 1, 2018, Dr. Matt Gotschall created a waiver process whereby students could option into courses after learning what course-level their assessment courses recommended. Dr. Walton said the college uses “proactive intervention” to help these students succeed.

Through proactive intervention, students discuss the assessment results with their advisor or teacher. If students want to enroll in a higher course than recommended, they must sign the waiver indicating they understand they are registering for a course above the recommended course placement and that it is in their best interest to reach out to their instructor and use tutoring/academic success centers if/when they start to struggle with concepts in the course.

During the 2018 fall semester, 229 CCC students used this waiver process. Of those, 147 were successful at completing college-level, non-remedial courses. For the spring semester, 338 students are using this process.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Congratulations to CCC dental hygiene students who earned the program a 100% pass rate on the licensing knowledge exam. Faculty member Cindy Gaskill has been appointed to the Central Regional Dental Testing Service’s Bylaws and Governance Committee.
  • Congratulations to winners of gold, silver and bronze medals in the state SkillsUSA contests held in Grand Island.
  • Congratulations to Travis Karr, veterans resource team, students and administrators for national first-place recognition for two-year college veterans program by Online college plan.com.
  • Several CCC employees attended the Ellucian Live 2019 convention, which is annual training for the college’s main computer data management system. I attended the two-day executive forum prior to the start of the week-long conference.
  • Dr. Marcie Kemnitz and I attended the American Association of Community Colleges conference in Florida where CCC instructor Dr. Susan McDowall was recognized as one of 21 AACC Distinguished Faculty members.
  • CCC-Grand Island Phi Theta Kappa advisor Amy Osborn received two national awards at the recent International Phi Theta Kappa Convention in Orlando.
  • The Lexington City Council has approved contracting services for the planned renovations at the Lexington Learning Center. Doug Pauley and I attended one of their meetings to voice our support and appreciation for the partnership. This week Tyson corporation also signed an MOU agreement for beginning classes in June 2019.
  • Several of us, including Jared Pettit, CCC-Kearney mechatronics instructor and National Guard member, will attend a banquet on behalf of CCC, which is receiving the Seven Seals award from the Nebraska Employer Support and Guard Reserves organization because of its employer support of their members.
  • Over a dozen summer professional development workshops for early college instructors have been planned by Extended Learning Services. Additionally, CCC has funded 16 Return to Industry summer paid experiences for CCC full-time faculty to help keep their curriculum current.
  • An online store featuring CCC logo wear and athletic apparel and products is now up and running at www.shopcccgear.com.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Wanda Cloet and Mary Young who were recognized by the League of Innovation as John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award recipients for their work with regional and national organizations to promote excellence in community college teaching and leadership.
  • Several CCC employees attended the Higher Learning Commission annual meeting in Chicago in preparation for our submission of our reaccreditation portfolio this spring.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY STUBBS that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 2:35 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY COWAN to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:10 p.m.) 

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY STUBBS to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye  

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 3:11 p.m.

May 16, 2019

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held at Central Community College-Kearney, 1215 30th Ave., Kearney, Nebraska.

Chair Roger Davis called the May 16, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – absent
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Tom Pirnie volunteered to review the claims prior to the June 20, 2019, board meeting in Grand Island.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for May 16, 2019, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the April 18, 2019, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from April 1 through April 30, totaling $4,080,085.20.
  4. Financial report as of April 30, 2019.
  5. Purchases: 
    1. Heavy Equipment Operator Technician (HEOT) Equipment Lease: The College President recommends acceptance of the bids to lease units from NMC, Titan Machinery, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Road Builders Machinery & Supply Co. Inc., and Bobcat of Omaha for the Hastings Campus for the HEOT program.
  6. Personnel:
    1. Jerry Wallace: The College President recommends that Jerry Wallace be offered the position of Hastings Campus President/Division Vice President in Hastings, effective May 20, 2019.
    2. Landon Hunt: The College President recommends that Landon Hunt be offered the position of Welding Instructor in Columbus, effective Aug. 1, 2019.
    3. Michael Pham: The College President recommends that Michael Pham be offered a 175 day contract as a Fulltime Psychology Instructor in Hastings, effective Aug. 1, 2019.
    4. Taylor Schneider: The College President recommends that Taylor Schneider be offered the position of Energy Technology Instructor in Hastings, effective May 1, 2019.

Rita Skiles reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the consent items.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

 

The Extended Learning Services (ELS) report featured the following speakers:

 

  • Ron Kluck, ELS dean. He spoke on how the new Kearney Center facilities have substantially increased enrollment in credit, noncredit, adult education and early college classes. He also discussed funding opportunities available through Project HELP and Gap Assistance Program.
  • Jordan Eisenmenger, associate director of financial aid at the Kearney Center. This is a new position in which she oversees the center’s financial aid budget and helps students navigate the financial aid process. She also supervises work-study students. During the 2018-19 academic year, nine work-study students helped in admissions, gave tours and worked in community service-related positions.
  • Ashley Weets, student enrollment director. This is another new position with two areas of responsibility: admissions and student services. She oversees many of the brand-new activities at the center, including individual appointments and tours for prospective students, supervising two Student Ambassadors, serving as an academic advisor, and overseeing the Tutoring and Writing Center and activities such as Welcome Week and an end-of-year celebration.
  • Katie Holmes, administrative assistant. She serves as advisor of the center’s National Society of Leadership and Success, an organization with 665 chapters and more than 1 million inducted students.
  • Courtney Brehm, a NSLS member who said the organization gave her the confidence to not only succeed in classes she saw as challenging but also led her to take on the role of Kearney’s NSLS president for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Kelly Christensen, dean of training and Kearney Center administrator. He said the new facilities have allowed the college to offer more manufacturing-related programs, especially in advanced manufacturing design technology and mechatronics. He said the two programs are well suited to meet community needs since they both offer classes four nights a week. In addition, students can now join a new Mechatronics Club.
  • Jared Pettit, mechatronics instructor, talked about Jose Aguilar, a Kearney High School student about to graduate not only with a high school diploma but also with a mechatronics certificate from CCC. He was able to accomplish this by taking classes through the Early College Program.
  • Jackie Pohl, a nontraditional student, who graduated from CCC this spring with a diploma in mechatronics. She talked about overcoming such obstacles as dropping out of school and being addicted to drugs to becoming a true student at 39. She credited Jared Pettit for spending time outside of the classroom to teach her how to use a computer and review math concepts. “This is by far the biggest investment I’ve ever done for myself,” she said. Pettit described Pohl as a hard worker who always showed up for class, usually after putting in an eight-hour day, and then going home to take care of her family. He said she showed great courage to overcome her fear of stepping into the classroom and now takes any opportunity to better herself.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

NSWERS Agreement and Bylaws: Dr. Gotschall presented information on the Nebraska Statewide Workforce and Educational Reporting System (NSWERS) and requested board approval for the college to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to adopt a policy to share student data.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KELLER to approve Chair Davis and/or Dr. Gotschall to sign a MOU with NSWERS.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Program Reviews: Dr. Nate Allen and Dr. Paulette Woods-Ramsey presented the following program reviews to be submitted to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Post-Secondary Education:

MOVED BY STUBBS, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to approve the six program reviews for submittal to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Post-Secondary Education.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Congratulations to the students who earned 984 diplomas and degrees as part of our spring graduations.
  • Many at the college are busy completing our Higher Learning Commission accreditation portfolio due on June 3. Special thanks to Dr. Candace Walton and Brian McDermott for helping lead this effort.
  • A variety of onboarding activities have been planned for Dr. Jerry Wallace beginning Monday, May 20 to utilize the connections and guidance of Bill Hitesman in the campus, community, and college.
  • Successful news from two significant worker training grants written in connection with CCC: Over $900,000 approved for training statewide by BD with plants in Holdrege, Columbus and Broken Bow and $100,000 for Tyson in Lexington.
  • Positive news on the continued support for a 2% increase in state funding for community colleges, and the expansion of GAP training/funding in high demand areas for  community colleges to include credit classes.
  • I will be attending a State Plan Strategy Workshop in early June to assist in updating the state’s workforce development initiatives administered by the Dept of Labor. Additionally, next week I will be attending the Greater Nebraska Workforce Development Board meeting in Nebraska City on behalf of the five community colleges located in the GNWDB 88-county area.
  • Numerous day and evening new student orientations are scheduled at all of our CCC campuses and Kearney over the summer.
  • Following a visit from a delegation from a higher education institution in the Czech Republic to the CCC-Kearney Center, I have signed an agreement to explore additional cooperative efforts in instruction with VOĂ PRIGO based in Ostrava, Czech Republic. UNK has a current partnership with them and representatives encouraged the expanded partnership as a way for CCC to work more collectively with both institutions. Future meetings will determine opportunities for collaboration.
  • CCC is also in discussions with Bryan College of Health Sciences regarding a potential bachelor completion transfer agreement for graduates in multiple health sciences, nursing and bioscience programs.
  • Several CCC staff attended the NCCA recognition of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Nebraska Academic Team which included four students from CCC.
  • Positive meetings were held in Kearney with Midland Contracting and Parker, both facilitated by Kearney Chamber of Commerce regarding training opportunities at the Center in mechatronics and construction.
  • Nurse pinning ceremonies were held in Grand Island last month recognizing the PN and ADN accomplishments of almost 130 students from all three CCC sites – Grand Island, Kearney and Columbus.
  • The annual Fine Arts Festival was held in Columbus with exhibitions of art, theater, instrumental and vocal ensembles. The vocal group Spectrum, under the direction of instructor Jeff Kitson, will be leaving for their international performances in Austria on June 3.
  • Over 20 community representatives attended an initial group feasibility meeting in Columbus for the new STEM Center. Additionally, over 60 community individuals are being contacted by an external consultant to determine interest and support for the project. That report is due mid-June prior to the next Board meeting.
  • End of April and early May concluded with many retirement recognitions on each campus and meetings about planning for Fall 2019.
  • Joni Ransom, communications assistant to the college president, received a first-place award from the National Federation of Press Women for her news story on Math Paths and the Nebraska Math Readiness Project. The story qualified for national competition by placing first in the Nebraska Press Women communications contest. She also received first-place awards at the state level for editing and design of the Community Connection alumni magazine and for a feature story about the partnership between two Hastings Campus programs to make chocolate bars.
  • Congratulations to the Hastings Campus construction program. The house built by this year’s students sold for a record $165,000. Also working on the project were students in the electrical technology and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration programs.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY MILLER that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 3:18 p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:46 p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to adjourn.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 3:48 p.m.

June 20, 2019

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
June 20, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska. 

A work session was held prior to the meeting. Agenda items included:

  • Review of LB 256
  • Columbus Campus Feasibility Study/Pacesetter Campaign
  • Preliminary Budget Discussion

Chair Roger Davis called the June 20, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – absent
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

John Novotny volunteered to review the claims prior to the Aug. 15, 2019, board meeting in Grand Island.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items for the June 20 meeting included:

  1. Agenda for June 20, 2019, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the May 16, 2019, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from May 1, 2019, through May 31, 2019, totaling $4,938,953.72.
  4. Financial report as of May 31, 2019.
  5. Purchases:
    1. Konica Minolta bizhub Press C3070 for the Hastings Campus Print Shop: This system will be procured from Konica Minolta Business Systems with a five-year (60-month) lease at $2,474.00 per month for a total of $148,440.00. The College President recommends moving forward with the Konica Minolta Press with the monthly costs to be attributed to the Hastings Print-Shop Auxiliary account.
    2. Festo Pneumatics and Hydraulics Trainers for the Lexington Learning Center: The College President recommends acceptance of the submittal from Mid West 3D Solutions for $97,608.The funds for the project will be paid using funding from the Nebraska Worker Training Program. 
    3. Border States Electrical Components for the Lexington Learning Center: These electrical components will be used to build electrical trainers. The College President recommends acceptance of the submittal from Border States Electric Supply for $51,378.16. This equipment will be purchased using funds from the Training and Development Auxiliary account and the Aksarben grant.
  6. Personnel:
    1. David Cassidy: The College President recommends that David Cassidy be offered the position of Mathematics/Physics Instructor in Columbus, effective August 1, 2019.
    2. Michael Hoskins: The College President recommends that Michael Hoskins be offered the position of Auto Body Instructor in Hastings, effective August 1, 2019.
    3. Brandon Bender: The College President recommends that Brandon Bender be offered the position of English Instructor in Columbus, effective August 1, 2019. 
    4. Katie Hodges: The College President recommends that Katie Hodges be offered the position of English Instructor in Grand Island, effective August 1, 2019. 
    5. William Hitesman: William Hitesman, president of the Hastings Campus, retired June 3, 2019. His letter of retirement is on file in the Human Resources office. 

Tom Pirnie reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY SKILES to accept the consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

For the enrollment management report, Janel Walton, dean of enrollment management, introduced two speakers:

  • Erin Lesiak, CCC-Grand Island admissions director, gave an overview of the admissions office. Because it serves as an information hub, admissions staff must have knowledge, skills and abilities in student services, financial aid information, educational opportunities, event planning, transfer options, and careers and salaries. Last year, college-wide, the admissions offices coordinated 172 on-campus events, gave group tours involving 7,347 students, participated in 365 off-campus events, held 825 initial appointments and collected 12,282 lead cards. Lesiak also covered the process of becoming a student at CCC and the requirements for international students.
  • Vicki Kucera, college-wide financial aid director, focused on external scholarships, which provided $1,807,438 to CCC students in 2018-19 and made up 59 percent of total funding. Key contributors include Nebraska Machinery and Titan Machinery, which cover tuition and fees, books, supplies, tools and uniforms for diesel students. During, 2014-18, 72 students received $657,317 in funding from Nebraska Machinery and 29 students received $246,492 in funding from Titan. Other key contributors during that same five-year period included the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, $1,883.269, Wilson Foundation, $134,904, Weller Foundation, $230,700; and Peter Kiewit, $270,000.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 1:38 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY BORDEN to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 2:15 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

College President Permission for July Purchases: Because the CCC Board of Governors won’t meet in July 2019, the board hereby authorizes Dr. Matthew Gotschall to approve any needed action items from June 20 through Aug. 15, 2019. He will provide the board with a summary of all actions taken under this authority at the Aug. 15, 2019, board meeting. 

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY MILLER to authorize actions by the College President to approve any needed action items from June 20 through Aug. 15, 2019.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

General Operational Budget Tentative Approval: Tentative approval is requested for the operational budget of $58,755,998. Final approval for this budget will be acted upon on Sept. 12, 2019, following a public hearing. 

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY MILLER to give tentative approval for the $58,755,998 operational budget.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Approval of College President’s Contract: MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to approve a three-year employment contract for 2019-22 for Dr. Matthew Gotschall.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Candace Walton gave an overview of the Higher Learning Commission systems portfolio which CCC submitted June 3.

The portfolio included 38,384 words and 296 evidence files. Six College Cabinet members took the lead in the writing of six chapters and 22 subcategories. Significant support was provided by Brian McDermott, Becky Cook, Francesca Davis and Catherine Bergin.

The portfolio’s six categories were: 

  • Helping Students Learn
  • Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholders’ Needs
  • Valuing Employees
  • Planning and Leading
  • Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship
  • Quality Overview 

The systems portfolio is now being reviewed by up to six HLC reviewers. Feedback is expected this fall.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Thanks for many of the staff working extra time to complete our Higher Learning Commission accreditation portfolio!
  • Congratulations to Denise Marshall on earning the 2019 Athletic Trainer of the Year award from the Nebraska State Athletic Trainer Association. She is the assigned athletic trainer for the CCC Raider teams by Columbus Community Hospital and has served as an adjunct instructor for CCC.
  • Welcome to Dr. Jerry Wallace, the new president of CCC-Hastings.
  • We received positive results from the Columbus Campaign Feasibility study.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Chris Waddle who was reappointed to the Nebraska State Personnel Board (via governor and state legislature).
  • Seventy-four middle school girls attended the second Verizon camp at CCC-Columbus where they were exposed to the latest in technological developments and hone critical thinking skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Ben Newton, sustainability director, was recently interviewed by AACC’s Community College Daily online newsletter. Additionally, our most recent STARS Report has been shared with Sierra magazine to inform its 2019 Cool Schools ranking.
  • The Student Veterans Organization held a successful awareness event at the Grand Island Memorial Day services.
  • Kathy Fuchser, Doug Pauley and I attended the Behlen Mfg. 35th anniversary of the Return to Local Ownership.
  • I met with Jim Grotrain, EVP of Operations for Bellevue University, about our positive partnership and student transfer success.
  • I was asked to speak on leadership strategies at the University of Nebraska Extension Educators meeting in Grand Island to about 40 UNL employees from across Nebraska.
  • Several CCC faculty and staff attended the annual Nebraska Career Education conference which draws counselors and CTE teachers from across the state. We had six tables featuring demonstrations and information for drafting and design technology, culinary arts, automotive, auto body, diesel, admissions, and advanced manufacturing.
  • Kathy Fuchser, Jack Gutierrez and I attended the True Potential Scholarship Dinner at Metro CC where the CCC Foundation and three CCC student scholarship recipients were recognized. This scholarship was established by CCC alumni Ross and Karen Pesak.
  • Participants of the CCC Leading with Excellence class gave their presentations to college stakeholders last week. Congratulations again to them all on their commitment to better CCC and themselves through this internal professional development program.
  • Three CCC-Hastings instructors, Keith Dubas, Gene Friesen, and Brian Davis, are taking nine students to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the SkillsUSA National Competition June 22-30.
  • The CCC Foundation Board met for its quarterly meeting in Grand Island.
  • Several employees from the Grand Island and Kearney CCC sites and I toured the new Nebraska Veterans Center in Kearney.
  • The truck driving staff offered a two-week Class B CDL class for heavy equipment students in May. They also are offering two six-week sessions this summer for class A CDL training.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY MILLER to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 2:46 p.m.

August 15, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Vice Chair Sam Cowan called the Aug. 15, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present. Cowan asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – absent
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Cowan asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

John Novotny volunteered to review the claims prior to the Sept. 12, 2019, board meeting in Grand Island.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for Aug. 15, 2019, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the June 20, 2019, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from June 1 through June 30, 2019, totaling $5,150,095.47 and for the period from July 1 through July 31, 2019, totaling $5,892,143.90.
  4. Financial reports as of June 30 and July 31, 2019.
  5. Purchases:
    1. Information Technology Services: This project consists of evaluating and selecting a sole preferred partner as an audio and video (AV) provider for Central Community College. The College President recommends an agreement be created with SKC `COMMUNICATION PRODUCTS LLC as the AV Sole Provider for three years with the potential for two one-year extensions.
  6. Personnel:
    1. Amy Hammond: The College President recommends that Amy Hammond be offered the position of English Instructor in Kearney, effective Aug. 1, 2019.
    2. David Quinn: The College President recommends that David Quinn be offered the position CNST Instructor in Hastings, effective Aug. 1, 2019.
    3. Dylan Krings: The College President recommends that Dylan Krings be offered the position of Culinary Arts Instructor in Hastings, effective Aug. 19, 2019.
    4. Elizabeth Kavan: The College President recommends that Elizabeth Kavan be offered the position of Media Arts Instructor in Hastings, effective Aug. 1, 2019.
    5. Janet Rasmussen: The College President recommends that Janet Rasmussen be offered the position of Medical Laboratory Technology Instructor in Hastings, effective Aug. 1, 2019.
    6. John Leopold: The College President recommends that John Leopold be offered the position of Art Instructor in Columbus, effective Aug. 1, 2019.

John Novotny reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY SKILES “to approve the claims with the exception of payments to myself and also to approve the other consent items.”

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – absent
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Roxann Holliday, dean of business and entrepreneurship, opened her report on the business division by sharing their vision of increasing student enrollment and retention of students, focusing on course innovation, and engaging students in the learning process. She then introduced the following speakers: 

  • Brad Keasling, associate dean of business and entrepreneurship, gave an overview of the eight-week evening business program. The first class was held during the 2015 fall semester with students meeting for four hours one night a week. He said the program’s initial two-year run was very successful, but after listening to feedback, it was converted into a web-blended program that allowed the class meeting time to be reduced from four to two hours. This change gives students more time to handle work and family responsibilities on class night. He said that since its inception, 215 students have gone through the program.
  • Michael David is new to the college as a criminal justice instructor. He said that the college has always had a good program, but he believed that more could be done. He has increased the enrollment from 269 to 400 students (duplicated headcount) and retention from 30 percent to 80 percent. This fall, 281 students have enrolled in the program. He said these increases are the result of a focus on student engagement, including arranging ride-alongs with police and state patrol officers, combining curriculum with hands-on experiences, and forming a Criminal Justice Association. He said plans are in the works to form a Crime Scene Investigation team that can compete in SkillsUSA.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Kim Pearson, auditor for Dana F. Cole & Company, Certified Public Accountants, presented the Statements of Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent Student Enrollment and Reimbursable Educational Units report. The company has issued an unqualified audit report for Central Community College, the best rating it can award.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the 2018-19 Statements of Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent Student Enrollment and Reimbursable Educational Units as presented by Dana F. Cole Inc.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – absent
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

The Central Community College Education Association (CCCEA) has notified the board of its intent to begin negotiations for 2020-21 and asked the board to acknowledge receipt of the request.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KELLER to acknowledge CCCEA’s intent to begin negotiations for 2020-21.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – absent
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Brian McDermott, college effectiveness research director, presented the 2018-19 enrollment report. Enrollment Summary Report. The unduplicated headcount was 18,765 students, with the vast majority coming from CCC’s 25-county service area. Students ranged in age from an 8-year-old who took a bug class at the Ord Learning Center to a 92-year-old student who took a “Curiosity Enhances Your Life” class at the Columbus Campus. The report offers information on types of course delivery; the counties, states and countries where students came from; a profile of credit students; and more.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • As shown in the audit, we were up 2 FTE (full-time equivalent) students from last year. We also were up by 216 awards (combined certificates, diplomas and degrees) so our retention and completion of students has improved.
  • Twenty CCC vocal music students, two faculty and sponsors had a successful experience in Austria this summer and returned with positive lifelong memories and experiences.
  • This summer, faculty and Extended Learning Services held over a dozen professional development opportunities for high school faculty, counselors or administrators in a variety of areas. In total we had 93 individuals attend from over 50 middle and high schools in and outside of our 25-county service area.
  • Diane Keller and Austin Miller attended the NCCA Trustees meeting in Lincoln on Aug. 5. The agenda included a report on the statewide Nebraska Math Readiness Project which CCC is helping lead for the five community colleges in cooperation with Metro. Great initial results with 373 student participating from 30 high school across Nebraska.
  • The NCCA Trustees Annual meeting will be held in Lincoln with dinner and the annual meeting on Nov. 3 and meetings/presentations on Nov. 4.
  • The Postsecondary Coordinating Commission approved the CCC-Columbus Center for Science and Technology remodel and expansion proposal.
  • CCC representatives will be attending each of the State Chamber meetings held throughout our service area where Nebraska’s Blueprint Nebraska results will be shared.  Several initiatives align with Central’s initiatives, including retraining our workforce talent; attracting new residents to the state; scaling public-private partnerships; revolutionizing all educational segments from early childhood to career; building an additional 30,000-50,000 affordable, livable housing units; and realigning Nebraska’s tax strategy to promote statewide economic growth and prosperity.
  • Priority issues highlighted in the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education published in April 2019 also align with many CCC initiatives including increasing the number of students who enter postsecondary education; encouraging dual and concurrent enrollment courses between high school and post-secondary; increasing the percentage of students who enroll and successfully complete a degree; supporting and expanding efforts such as Transfer Nebraska and 2+2 agreements; reaching out to adults with college credit but who haven’t earned certificate or degree; reducing, eliminating and reversing net out-migration of Nebraskans with higher education degrees; and supporting additional state funding for scholarships, student debt repayment/forgiveness and employer tax incentives.
  • Fall enrollments as of Aug. 12 were down 25 FTE college wide, but registrations continue through the first two weeks of classes so official census and media numbers will not be available until after Sept. 6.
  • On Aug. 27-28, representatives from Ellucian will be on campus to visit with us about strategic alignment and planning for better use and efficiency of our data and information management system.
  • The ACCT Leadership Congress will be held Oct. 16-19 in San Francisco. Attending from the board will be Austin Miller and Rita Skiles and attending from CCC will be Dr. Marcie Kemnitz and Dr. Jerry Wallace.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Cowan requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 2:13 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – absent
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY STUBBS to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 2:45 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – absent
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY STUBBS to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – absent
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 2:46 p.m.

September 12, 2019 Budget Hearing

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given in advance to the board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The budget hearing was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Chair Roger Davis called the September 12, 2019, budget hearing to order at 10 a.m., with six board members present. Davis asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present (arrived at 10:05 a.m.)
Borden – present
Cowan –absent
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – absent
Miller – absent
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – present 

Davis requested that members of the audience register with if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment of the budget hearing. No one registered. 

Joel King, vice president of administrative services, presented information on the proposed 2019-20 budget of $120,360, 013, including the following details:

  • The property tax levy was set at 9.3117 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, down from 9.5956 cents in 2018-19. The decrease will result in a $2 million tax savings across the 25-county service area.
  • The total tax supported budget for 2019-20 is $72,360,913 which is $377,628 less than the 2018-19.
  • Estimated revenue for the operating budget will come from the following sources: property tax, $36,972,089, down $1,057,777 from 2018-19; state aid, $9,623,041, up 46,134 from 2018-19; tuition, $9,760,868, up $242,693 from 2018-19; other sources, $400,000; and cash reserves, $2,000,000.
  • In addition to the operating budget, the college budgeted $9,490,525 in the capital improvement fund, a $1,464,357 decrease from 2018-19, and $4,114,390 in a fund for removal of hazardous materials and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a $34,772 decrease from 2018-19. 

See the budget hearing documents

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan –absent
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – absent
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Davis declared the budget hearing adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

September 12, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given in advance to the board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A hearing on the 2019-20 budget was held prior to the meeting.

Chair Roger Davis called the September 12, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with nine board members present. John Higgins, legal counsel, was also present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – absent
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – present 

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Tom Pirnie volunteered to review the claims prior to the October 24, 2019, board meeting in Columbus.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items. 

CONSENT ITEMS

Davis reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

  1. Agenda for September 12, 2019.
  2. Minutes of the August 15, 2019, Board of Governors’ meeting.
  3. Claims for August 1, 2019, through August 31, 2019, totaling $8,125,558.75.
  4. Financial report as of August 31, 2019.
  5. Purchases. There were no purchases to report.
  6. Personnel. There were no personnel actions to report.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY COWAN to accept the consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS 

Board Action on Budget Items:

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY AERNI to approve the budget of expenditures and revenues as represented within the State of Nebraska 2019-20 Basic Budget Form.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Moved by NOVOTNY, Seconded by BORDEN to approve the Hazardous Materials and Accessibility Budget of $4,114,389.11.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY STUBBS to approve the additional 1% increase of restricted funds as shown on the 2019-20 Budget Form LC-CC.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

Property Tax Request: Nebraska Revised Statute 77-1601.02 provides that the property tax request for the prior year shall be the property tax request for the current year for purposes of the levy set by the County Board of Equalization unless the Governing Board of Central Community College passes by a majority vote a resolution or ordinance setting the tax request at a different amount.

The request for the 2019-20 property tax is:

General Fund $36,972,088.87
Capital Improvement Fund $ 9,490,525.37
Haz/Access $ 4,114,389.61 
Total $50,577,003.85

Upon approval of the board, a copy of the resolution will be sent to county clerks in the Central Community College 25-county area. 

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY MILLER to approve the property tax request as listed. 

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Ben Newton, environmental sustainability director, shared information about the Sustainability Pavilion at the Nebraska State Fair. More than 3,000 individuals visited the pavilion over the 11 days of the fair and were able to see projects thought of and built by seven CCC students. He then introduced two of the students: 

  • Kazia Podraza was the first student to complete all three CCC e-Badges and is now a biology student at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her state fair project, “Sustainaspace,” was an interactive exhibit meant to encourage Nebraskans to reduce waste. She displayed items she made from other items, including a cardboard display shelf, a tire stool, a placemat planter and a cardboard chair.
  • Katy Ayers, a Columbus Campus student, described the process of making her Myconoe, a canoe grown from mushroom mycelium. The process took her about 60 to 80 hours, and then an additional week for the mushroom to grow over the boat frame and another week for it to change color. The board is 98 inches long and weighs 108 pounds and passed its buoyancy test in an area lake. 

Newton said students are already coming up with ideas for next year’s fair. See photos of CCC students’ state fair projects.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Included in the President’s Report file is a flyer that shows the impact of area flooding in Nebraska. CCC provided training at the Grand Island Campus for emergency responders, and will hold a statewide FEMA planning meeting on the Columbus Campus this fall.
  • The NCCA Trustees Annual meeting will be in Lincoln with dinner and the annual meeting on Sunday, November 3, and meetings/presentations on Monday, November 4.
  • On August 27-28, representatives from Ellucian visited with over 40 employees and students on efficiencies, services and future strategic plans utilizing their product. Our financial aid department has been asked to present at their national conference in Florida in spring 2020 due to the outstanding transformation they have undergone in financial aid applications, processing and disbursement of aid to students.
  • The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families supports actions to prioritize programs and policies that improve outcomes for young children. In addition to eight metropolitan cities, they selected to work with six smaller, rural communities in Nebraska – including Grand Island, Gothenburg, Red Cloud, Schuyler and Wood River. Grand Island Early Childhood Instructor Barbara Beck is involved in the GI effort and CCC will host an informational meeting about the NLC initiative with area leaders in September.
  • CCC has had meetings with Wayne State College to discuss ways to partner and expand the number of four-year degree holders in the service area. 
  • Congratulations to Tom and Sue Pirnie on being selected the United Way of the Heartland Campaign chairs for this year.
  • CCC had dozens of individuals assist at the Nebraska State Fair with the college booth and the Sustainability Pavilion. We are well represented at Husker Harvest Days in a temporary tent since our small metal building was a victim of the wind storm last month.
  • Classes are up and running on all campuses and centers, with headcount enrollment up slightly (6,212 unduplicated student headcount), but credits taken are down slightly (1,620 FTE). Residence hall numbers as of the start of the semester were Hastings: 303 students (77% occupancy) and Columbus 151 students (98% occupancy). 

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation. 

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 1:45 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY KELLER to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 2:02 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY BORDEN to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 2:05 p.m.

October 24, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given in advance to the board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office. 

The meeting was held at Central Community College, 4500 63rd St., Columbus, Nebraska.

Chair Roger Davis called the October 24, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present. John Higgins, legal counsel, was also present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – absent
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – present 

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Austin Miller volunteered to review the claims prior to the November 21, 2019, board meeting in Grand Island.

Public Participation

Davis requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller, public relations and marketing director, if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Davis reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

  1. Agenda for October 24, 2019
  2. Minutes of the September 12, 2019, Board of Governors’ meeting
  3. Claims for September 1, 2019, through September 30, 2019, totaling $6,819,728.60
  4. Financial report as of September 30, 2019
  5. Purchases. There were no purchases to report.
  6. Personnel. There were no personnel actions to report.
  7. 2020-21 Calendar.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve the claims with the exception of payments to themselves and also to approve the other consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

The following reports were given:

  • Nebraska Community College Association: Greg Adams, executive director, discussed the Unicameral’s ongoing efforts to address the imbalance of property taxes in the state, including LB 289. He said the revenue committee worked all summer on the issue, and he expects LB 289 to find its way back onto the docket during this short session. He also talked about a new scholarship the government is proposing that may clear the way for more 2+2 programs in the state and his hope that the Unicameral will renew the Nebraska Opportunity Grant and the Gap Program. Finally, he said that the annual Legislative Day will be moved to a later date to avoid conflicts with other events.
  • CCC Foundation: Dean Moors, executive director, said the foundation is a separate 501(c) organization whose mission is to support CCC. He said the foundation and CCC work together by agreement, the most recent version of which was signed in 2010 with several addendums since then. He reported that the foundation has $37.8 million in assets as of June 30, 2019, and that people sometimes ask him why there is so much cash. He explained that 95 percent of the donations to the foundation are restricted, for example, by the donor or for other reasons, so that money is invested. He also reported on recent major gifts campaigns: for the new Kearney Center, $10,030,172 was raised and only $1,360 was written off. For the Hastings advanced manufacturing design technology addition and welding expansion, $5,444,757 was raised.
  • Columbus Campus: Dr. Kathy Fuchser, campus president, highlighted several items in the annual report, including the opening of Opportunity Central in the Big Iron Professional Building, training and development opportunities, athletic honors, the inaugural season of the women’s soccer team, and the impact of Early College. She then introduced Donovan Egger and Michael Bates, who are both involved in Project GPS. Egger graduated from Aurora High School and is a first-year mechatronics student. At CCC, he’s working with Page Wireless and NPPD to make improvements to Nebraska long-range communications without satellites. Bates was born and raised in Hastings and was homeschooled. He was one of the first members of Project GPS, which offered him a financial opportunity he wouldn’t have otherwise. He said he’s planning on going into engineering and that Project GPS is giving him real-life experience and allowing him to graduate from CCC debt-free.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Scott Miller stated no one had signed in for Public Participation.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS 

The board voted to approve a new claims review procedure that allows the board chair to assign individual board members to review claims on a rotation. The assignments will be made annually at the November board meeting.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED 

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Grants manager Jessica Rohan gave an overview of how the grant process works at CCC. She covered such topics as identifying opportunities, researching and collecting data, holding discussions with potential partners, developing the narrative and submitting the application. She said the college has about a 77 percent success rate in getting grants, which is high for the industry, and indicates the college is dialing into what donors want. She also talked about mini-grants, which CCC faculty and staff can apply for if they have something innovative they want to try. See her PowerPoint presentation.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • This past month he visited high school superintendents in Cozad and Gothenburg as well as Chamber of Commerce/BluePrint Nebraska presentations in Holdrege and Cozad.
  • He and several college employees participated in the annual Taste of Columbus, an event hosted by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. The CCC Foundation will be a recipient of half of the net funds raised at their 2020 event.
  • Enrollment Management September numbers include: new prospects created in Recruit, 585; applications received, 379; lead cards entered, 785; and enrollment specialist emails responded, 361. Financial Aid: Sept. 1 marked the close of Phase 3 of the scholarship application process. There were 80 eligible candidates with 67 total students awarded. Total dollars awarded: $79,137.
  • More than 35 business and organizations reserved a table at the CCC-Hastings Career Fair on Oct. 8. Over 140 students attended to explore career opportunities in the Hastings area. Several faculty members brought their classes to the fair.
  • The Grand Island Community Foundation (with the help of the Grand Island Student Veterans Association) held a “Husker Party in the Park” in Grand Island. This family-friendly tailgate party raised over $1,000 for the SVA Club. Additionally, four students and two advisors attended the Student Veterans Association Regional Conference Sept. 11-15 in Kansas City. Due to our students’ participation and engagement at the conference, Johnson County Community College has approached CCC about collaborating on a Midwest conference for next year.
  • Doug Pauley was asked by the Omaha Branch of the Federal Reserve Board out of Kansas City to give an overview of several projects the college worked on to help serve business and industry. On Oct. 18 three representatives toured the Columbus Campus to learn more. Doug spoke to them about the Cargill project, Tyson project, BD Plastics, Instrumentation and Injection Molding NSF grants. They also toured BD East.
  • Kelly Christensen and Jerry Mueller attended a workforce development meeting hosted by Aksarben Foundation where information about their interest of supporting additional workforce development and apprenticeship models were shared.
  • On Sept. 25, the Hastings Campus hosted the Fifth Annual Construction Career Days. At the same time, the SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Regional Meeting was held on campus. The two events were combined into a single day’s activities to showcase nearly every program on the Hastings Campus. Nearly 370 people went through the cafeteria during lunch for the combined events.
  • On Oct. 3, the CCC transportation programs hosted the Fifth Annual Diesel Career Fair in Hastings. Thirty-three industry partners, representing companies in the arenas of diesel technology, heavy equipment operator, and truck driving had booths at the event. Attendees included about 100 students from area high schools current CCC students enrolled in the auto body technology, automotive technology, diesel technology, heavy equipment operator technician, and truck driving programs.
  • Energy technology instructor Taylor Schneider and five students attended Climbing and Climber Rescue training in Wisconsin the week of Oct. 14. The goal was to get Taylor trained to provide the training on campus, and plans are being sorted out to potentially build a Climb Safety training system on campus.
  • CCC-Hastings hosted Congressman Adrian Smith on Oct. 3 for an all-day Town Hall meeting featuring speakers on transportation, education, workforce development and broadband technology. Dr. Wallace and Mark Funkey served on panels for the event.
  • The 29th Annual CCC Foundation Pro-Am was a financial success as was the Nebraska Open.
  • Gotschall attended the annual Postsecondary International Network (PIN) meeting in Seattle/Bellevue, Wash., where the focus was on technology. Representatives from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Canada and the United States attended the meetings.
  • Gotschall, Candace Walton and Jessica Rohan attended a Nebraska Department of Education meeting regarding changes to federal Perkins grant funding.
  • Gotschall presented information about Nebraska community colleges as part of the annual Latino Youth Summit held in Columbus on Oct. 21 with over 600 Latinx students participating.
  • Gotschall attended the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Employer Orientation (Boss Lift) on Oct. 17 and signed a letter of support of our guard and reserve members and veterans.
  • CCC-Columbus hosted a business and manufacturing open house on Oct. 17 that drew both youth and adults.
  • Board chair Roger Davis and vice chair Sam Cowan approved Gotschall to apply for a New President’s Institute through the Aspen Institute. A new president is someone who has been in position for less than five years.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 2:50 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:28 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 3:29 p.m.

November 21, 2019

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given in advance to the board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held at Central Community College, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska. 

Chair Roger Davis called the November 21, 2019, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present. John Higgins, legal counsel, was also present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present
Stubbs – absent 

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Davis asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

Claims

Board members were assigned to review claims for 2020:

January: Linda Aerni
February: Sandra Borden
March: Roger Davis
April: Diane Keller
May: Paul Krieger
June: Austin Miller
August: John Novotny
September: Tom Pirnie
October: Rita Skiles
November: David Stubbs

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Davis asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Austin Miller reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

  1. Agenda for November 21, 2019.
  2. Minutes of the October 24, 2019, Board of Governors’ meeting.
  3. Claims for October 1, 2019, through October 21, 2019, totaling $6,165,994.06.
  4. Financial report as of October 31, 2019.
  5. Purchases:
    1. SimMom Simulator for the Grand Island Campus: The simulator will be used by the nursing and paramedicine departments for training of their students. The College President recommends acceptance of the quote from Laerdal in the amount of $69,991.68 for the purchase of one SimMom Simulator.
  6. Personnel:
    1. Darrin Wilcox: The College President recommends that Darrin Wilcox be offered the position of criminal justice instructor in Grand Island, effective December 1, 2019.
  7. 2020 Cabinet/Board Dates
  8. NCCA 2020 Annual Dues

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY SKILES to approve the claims with the exception of payments to themselves and also to approve the other consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Grand Island Campus President Dr. Marcie Kemnitz introduced the following presenters as part of the Grand Island Campus annual report:

  • Venus King, business administration instructor, who described how she engages students in her classes by playing background music to create energy and having activities that promote teamwork and interaction. She said students who make connections are more likely to stay in school so she often has them work in groups, study the assigned content and then present what they’ve learned to their peers. Her students also learn how to dress up when they have a job interview or when they go to pick up an application and be aware of soft skills such as knowing people’s names, meeting their eyes and shaking hands. Additional knowledge is gained from guest speakers in the classroom and tours to businesses and agencies.
  • Nick Freelend, student activities director and academic adviser, who talked about the essential role activities play in making students feel part of the college. He said studies show students who attend at least one event or are involved in at least one activity tend to stay in college and are less likely to engage in delinquent behavior. He focuses his programming on personal, academic and financial wellness as well as engagement. He talked about adapting the program of Jordan Axani, who usually presents “What’s Your Big Lie?” in large auditoriums. Because that wasn’t realistic at the Grand Island Campus, a mobile app allowed students to answer questions via anonymous text. Their answers were then posted on screens throughout the campus. Axani stayed at the campus from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to provide support, since the questions can bring up everything from insecurity to abuse. Freelend also described the campus’ graffiti wall – a blackboard in a high-traffic area with a monthly question that students can write answers to. Other projects help students who are facing financial difficulties: Santa for Central, Warm Coats for Warm Hearts, a no-cost garage sale, and a food and hygiene pantry.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS 

Financial Audit Report: Kim Pearson from Dana F. Cole & Company, LLP, shared the opinion from the independent audit: “In our opinion, based on our audits and the reports of other auditors, the financial statements … present fairly in all material respects, the financial position of Central Community College Area as of June 30, 2019 and 2018, and the results of its operations and cash flows for the years then ended, are in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY MILLER to approve the audit report.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED 

Authorization for College President to Approve Actions in December 2019: Since the Board of Governors doesn’t meet in December, Joel King asked for this authorization so Dr. Gotschall could address an issue if it might arise during the month.

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to authorize the College President to approve actions during December 2019.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Bond Refinancing: Joel King requested the board give Dr. Gotschall authority to refinance the bonds for the health science building. Refinancing will reduce the interest being paid and may also reduce the years being paid on the bonds.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY SKILES to give Dr. Gotschall the authority to refinance the bonds for the health science building.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items.

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Becky Cook, institutional research coordinator, gave an overview on the college’s accreditation process. The current portfolio has been completed and received a positive statement that CCC students are achieving the common learning outcomes. For the next accreditation cycle, the college will be transitioning out of AQIP; it has been notified by the Higher Learning Commission that it has been accepted for the Open Pathway option. This means CCC will move from an eight-year to a 10-year review with a mid-term review in the fifth year and an onsite visit by a review team in the 10th year. See the PowerPoint presentation.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • He thanked the board for a good showing at the Nebraska Community College Association meeting Nov. 3-4. Next year’s meeting will be Oct. 11-12 in Scottsbluff.
  • For the seventh year in a row, Military Times recognized Central Community College as #1 Best for Vets in the community college division. He expressed pride for the work accomplished by CCC’s veteran students and employees and the support provided by the Board of Governors.
  • He served on a session panel for the Nebraska Community Foundation annual meeting; provided input on workforce initiatives at a state workforce development strategic planning meeting in Lincoln; gave a presentation to the Aurora noon rotary as a guest of Diane Keller; participated in the Nebraska Economic Development Association legislative priority update meeting; and attended a hearing regarding reauthorization of funding for educational initiatives from lottery funds, including the Nebraska Opportunity Grant and GAP funding.
  • Congratulations to the CCC Foundation and the CCC-Columbus campus on a productive and celebratory Appreciation Night and Athletics Hall of Fame recognition on Nov. 15. One business, one individual and one team were inducted.
  • CCC hosted leaders of the Susan T Buffett Foundation and the Peter Kiewit Foundation to discuss uses of current funds as well as potential new ideas for funding.
  • CCC’s TRiO Office submitted annual data for the 2018-19 year to the Department of Education. During that year, the TRiO program served more students than federally required (107 percent) and met all its goals, with an exceptionally high graduation rate.
  • Numerous Veterans Day activities were held on each campus. He attended in Columbus so he could participate in the campus-hosted open forum for NU president finalist, retired US Admiral Ted Carter.
  • As incoming 1st vice president of the Heartland United Way, he’s been involved in numerous committees including executive, nominating, campaign, finance, and human resources policy.
  • All CCC campuses and centers will be hosting service award receptions or luncheons in the next month.
  • He’s been invited to serve as emcee for the Columbus Chamber Annual Business Hall of Fame banquet and to present at the Columbus Area United Way retirement dinner for long-time director Pat Heimes.
  • Heidi Acton, co-adviser for the Columbus Campus National Society of Leadership and Success, took two student officers to the NSLS national conference in New Jersey in early November.
  • Erich Goldstein, a student veteran at the Hastings Campus, was donated a vehicle from the Progressive insurance company. Ashley Allen from the Hastings VMRC, in partnership with VA Western Iowan Nebraska Health Care Department, was instrumental in assisting Erich in the application process.
  • CCC hosted a training session with librarians from Northeast Community College, Columbus Public Library and Schuyler Public Library.
  • Grand Island faculty member Brent Adrian presented “Creating a Buzz across America: Supporting a Healthy Food Economy” at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference in Spokane, Wash., on Oct 27-30.
  • The Hastings Campus had 35-40 volunteers participate in the Hearts and Hand against Hunger meal packing opportunity. Volunteers included administrators, staff, faculty members and their spouses. In two hours they packed 15,786 meals for the less fortunate.
  • Seven people from CCC attended the annual National Science Foundation (annual meetings Oct. 23-25 in Washington, D.C., for the Advanced Technological Education grantees. Jerry Muller, Ben Wilshusen and Bruce Bartos showcased CCC’s implementation of instrumentation and plastics engineering during the poster session. Also attending were Doug Pauley, Jason Davis, Dr. Candace Walton and Dr. Nate Allen.
  • Dr. Kathy Fuchser attended the Nebraska Chamber’s Washington D.C. Fly-In with representatives from business, chamber and city government.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Davis requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 2:22 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:08 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Davis declared the meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.