2023 Board of Governors Minutes

January 26, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
January 26, 2023

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 available in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in Rooms 210/211/212 at Central Community College, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

All supplemental documents from this meeting are available at: https://meeting.sparqdata.com/Public/Organization/CCC.

Chair John Novotny called the Jan. 26, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Broekemier – absent
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Heiden – present
Keller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Quick – present
Skiles – present 

POLICY ITEMS

College attorney Katie Sharp administered the oath of office to reelected members Linda Aerni, Roger Davis, Diane Keller and Rita Skiles and newly elected member Dan Quick.

Novotny announced the slate of officers for 2023. They are as follows:

  • Rita Skiles, Chair
  • Tom Pirnie, Vice Chair
  • Linda Heiden, Secretary
  • Linda Aerni, Treasurer

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY COWAN to accept the slate of officers.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Broekemier – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Quick – aye
Skiles – aye
 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

New chair Rita Skiles presented outgoing chair, John Novotny, with a certificate in appreciation for his service, dedication and leadership to the board. A donation was made to the CCC Foundation instead of a plaque.

Skiles also asked for volunteers and then appointed Diane Keller, herself and alternate Dan Quick as Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA) representatives and Roger Davis, John Novotny and Dan Quick as Financial Audit Committee members for 2023.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Sandra Borden will review the claims prior to the Feb. 16, 2023, board meeting in Hastings.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Skiles 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. 26, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the Nov. 17, 2022, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the periods from November 1 through Nov. 30, 2022, and from 1 through Dec. 31, 2022.
  4. Financial reports as of Nov. 30, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
  5. Purchases: None
  6. Personnel:
    Brian Hansen: The College President recommends that Brian Hansen be offered the position of Electrical Technology Faculty in Hastings, effective January 1, 2023.
    Justin Curtis: The College President recommends that Justin Curtis be offered the position of Diesel Technology Faculty in Hastings, effective January 1, 2023.
    Beth Przymus-Klitz: The College President recommends that Elizabeth Przymus-Klitz be offered the position of Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Management in Columbus, effective July 1, 2023.
    Kelly Christensen: The College President recommends that Kelly Christensen be offered the position of Vice President of Community and Workforce Education in Kearney, effective January 1, 2023.

MOVED BY AERNI; SECONDED BY BORDEN to approve the claims, with the exception of payments to themselves, and also to approve the other consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Broekemier – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Quick – aye
Skiles – aye
 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Academic Education Report

Statewide director Corey Hatt gave the following overview on the Nebraska Math Readiness Project (NMRP), now in its fifth year:

  • It provides students up to three levels of math and addresses hurdles to success while they’re still in high school.
  • High schools participating in NMRP in CCC’s service area are Blue Hill, Clarkson, Columbus Lakeview, Doniphan-Trumbull, East Butler Giltner, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Island Senior High, Hastings St. Cecilia, Holdrege, Humphrey, Lawrence-Nelson, Litchfield, Sandy Creek, Silver Lake and Superior.
  • In the first four years, the enrollment and the number of levels one, two and three completers have increased each year.
  • NMRP leads to postsecondary success with 74% enrolling in college with 72% persisting to a second year of college. Of these, 71% took an additional credit math course over two years with a median grade of B+. The cumulative GPA of these students after two years was 2.94.

Capital Improvement Report

Craig Boroff, college facilities manager, gave a report on ADA/hazardous material, capital improvement and revenue bond projects that are part of the 2023-24 budget.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

April Board Meeting

Dr. Gotschall requested that the April 20 board meeting be moved to April 13 because of a conflict with the Postsecondary International Network (PIN) leadership summit scheduled for April 20-22.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY AERNI to move the board meeting from April 20 to April 13.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Broekemier – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Quick – aye
Skiles – aye
 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Dr. Candace Walton, vice president of innovation and instruction, shared the following information about the 2022 integrated postsecondary education data feedback report:

  • CCC’s custom comparison group is Colorado Mountain College, Des Moines Area Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Independence Community College, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Metropolitan Community College Area, Mid-Plains Community College, Northeast Community College, Ozarks Technical Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, Southeast Community College, Western Nebraska Community College and Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.
  • CCC has a higher number of part-time students compared to the other schools, 4,611 versus 3,400; a lower number of full-time students, 1,698 versus 1,900; similar FTE enrollment, 3,339 versus 3,409; and a larger unduplicated headcount, 9,066 versus 7,713.
  • CCC awarded fewer associate’s degrees compared to the other schools, 695 versus 765, but it awarded more diplomas, 597 versus 181, and significantly more certificates, 1,455 versus 107.
  • Tuition and fees at CCC were lower than the comparison group for the past four years.
  • CCC also did better with first-time, award-seeking students, both those attending part-time and full-time. More of these students also graduated from CCC than the comparison group and fewer of them transferred out of CCC.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • Spring enrollments seem down compared to Spring 2022, but the enrollments may be delayed due to weather and a positive work economy. Early college (high school dual credit) enrollments continue to be a strong area of growth.
  • Throughout December, we hosted employee service awards on each campus and Kearney. The awards for five 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of employment, reflect a combined 770 years, 11 months of service to CCC students and communities.
  • Recent political-related events included an appreciation event for then Gov. Ricketts in Columbus, inaugural ball for Gov. Pillen, Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce area senator legislative update and tour of the Grand Island Campus with new area senator Loren Lippincott.
  • The open house for the Columbus Community Hospital Center for Science and Technology building on the Columbus Campus was well attended by many community stakeholders.
  • Continue to serve the Heartland United Way in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick counties as past president and board member and on multiple committees.
  • Met individually with the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation and Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation and participated in the Scott Career Scholars kickoff event for the first 21 scholars selected.
  • Winter commencement in Hastings celebrated 346 eligible graduates from all CCC campuses and centers.
  • He toured the NestSpace co-working space and met with area entrepreneurship providers in Kearney, attended the State Chamber’s Innovation Conference at the University of Nebraska, participated in CCC Foundation’s nominating committee, presented at the St. Paul Noon Rotary meeting, met with St. Paul Public School superintendent, and hosted the President’s Quality Action Council to review strategic initiatives for 2022-2023.
  • The Ord Learning Center will be hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 to showcase the partnerships and services available at that site.
  • Fundraising for the Inclusive Park hit the $1 million mark. Equipment is being purchased and the plan is to have the park equipment installed in July.
  • Discussions continue between Grand Island Senior High and CCC about expanding medical pathways for early college students. Programs being considered include medical assisting, medical lab. tech/phlebotomy, paramedicine and pharmacy tech.
  • CCC is partnering in two federal grant opportunities seeking to address the need for more nurse educators – one with UNMC and the other with Nebraska Methodist.
  • The CCC counseling services office will be hiring an intern through the $8,300 mini grant from NECPA (Nebraska Collegiate Prevention Alliance). The intern will assist with prevention education programming regarding alcohol and other drugs for Spring 2023.
  • CCC Disability Services hosted the Fall Win-Ahead training in Grand Island, which drew disability services directors/coordinators from community and state colleges and the university system. The group completed training related to Title IX Pregnancy accommodations, long COVID impacts, and trends and increasing outreach efforts.
  • Over 130 students were involved in the pilot Success Coaching program implemented this fall. The return rate of the students who received a Success Coach was 54% while it was 39% for students in the same population who didn’t receive a Success Coach. Fifty-eight CCC employees are providing coaching services during the spring 2023 semester.
  • The Hastings Academic Success Center will be offering Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions for occupational math and technical math students, using the new collegewide model for the SI Program. Columbus and Grand Island ASCs will offer SI for college algebra students.
  • Over 35 CCC staff members will be recertified in behavioral intervention team practices. The collegewide CARE Team training was held Jan. 13.
  • The Columbus welding technology faculty hosted the annual Blacksmiths Welders and Machinists of Nebraska welding workshop on Jan. 7. It included sessions on robotic welding, Tig welding and gas metal arc cast iron welding and a tour of Jimko Machine Shop. The event had around 20 participants from Nebraska and surrounding states.
  • New faculty began in January in the areas of diesel technology, electrical technology and truck driving/heavy equipment operation. Faculty positions are still open in information technology, nursing, agriculture, commercial construction, quality technology and math.
  • Entry-level driver training courses are now active online. This learning format will give students on campus and across the state and country the opportunity to complete a refresher training and/or theory coursework in truck driving.
  • More than 400 Kearney High School ninth graders will come over to the Kearney Center for tours on Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will tour the advanced manufacturing and mechatronics programs.
  • Chris Waddle, Brian Hoffman, Michael David and Dan Gompert attended the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute Conference in California Jan. 17-22. AACC is active with CCC through grant programs for Microsoft’s Cyber Skills for All, Metallica Scholars, and Google’s Pathway Certificates Initiative.

The following reports were also submitted for board review:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Purchasing Report

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Skiles said there was no need for an executive session and requested a motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Broekemier – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Quick – aye
Skiles – aye
 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:29 p.m.