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.

February 16, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
February 16, 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 the Hall Student Union, Cottonwood Room, at Central Community College-Hastings, 550 S. Technical Blvd., Hastings, Nebraska.

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

Chair Rita Skiles called the Feb. 16, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with seven board members present.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – absent
Borden – present
Broekemier – absent
Cowan – present (arrived 1:11 p.m.)
Davis – absent
Heiden – absent
Keller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Quick – present
Skiles – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Michelle Broekemier will review the claims prior to the March 16, 2023, board meeting in Grand Island.

Public Participation

Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

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 Feb. 16, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the Jan. 26, 2023, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from 1 through Jan. 31, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of Jan. 31, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Automotive Equipment, Hastings: The College President recommends the search for and purchase of six used vehicles in an amount not to exceed $120,000 to meet the needs of the Automotive Technology Program.
  6. Personnel: None.
  7. Policies and Procedures: Updates to Category 1: Introduction and Definition of Policy and Procedures.

Borden had reviewed the January claims and found them in order. MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve the claims, with the exception of payments to themselves, and also to approve the other consent items.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Foundation Report

Traci Skalberg, executive director of the Central Community College Foundation, presented the following:

  • The foundation’s consolidated assets stood at $39.4 million as of Jan 31, 2023.
  • New college-wide funds include the Regenerative Ag Conference Fund, Wolfe Family Student Success Fund and Jones Family Fund. New Hastings Campus funds are the Brennan Culinary Remodel Project Fund and Walter Scott Jr Career Pathway Fund.
  • New college-wide scholarships are the Moors Family Scholarship and Kitson Family Scholarship. Other new scholarships are the Sanders Family Scholarship and the Thomas (TJ) Wrigley, Jr. Memorial Scholarship at the Columbus Campus and the Stueven Health Sciences Scholarship at the Grand Island Campus.
  • She gave updates on the Hastings and Columbus major gifts campaigns, Generations of Impact Project, Pacesetter/Employee Appeal, yearend appeal, alumni giving and the Pirnie Inclusive Playground.
  • Upcoming events include Alumni Weekend Feb. 24-26 in Columbus, community giving days on May 4 in Grand Island and Hastings and the Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Sept. 18 in Hastings.

Hastings Campus Report

Campus President Dr. Chris Waddle complimented the media arts students on the 2021-22 Hastings Campus annual report they produced.

Alison Feeney, associate dean of skilled and technical sciences, talked about the new Walter Scott Jr. Career Pathway program. The first cohort of 19 students started on Jan. 5, and selection for the next cohort will begin in March. A unique aspect of the program at CCC is that it is the first community college in which the Walter Scott Jr. Foundation has included a residential component. She said the program teaches students leadership, encourages them to get out into the community and work with others on campus, and provides them with guaranteed job placement after graduation.

Two students involved in the first cohort addressed the board. Domenic Hyson of Fairbury is enrolled in the heavy equipment operator technician program. He said he knew he didn’t want to be in a four-year college and found out about CCC at Husker Harvest Days. He said the pathway keeps him motivated and it includes workshops, one of which featured married couples who spoke about how to have a healthy relationship. Mario Garza is a welding major from Alliance. He said he attended Mount Marty University, but it didn’t feel right. He realized he could play football or be a welder. After visiting several colleges, CCC was the one he believed had the people who would put him in the right direction. He has enjoyed the community events planned through the pathway and its emphasis on showing up and getting better.

Also addressing the board was Jeff Schneider, superintendent of Hastings Public Schools. He talked about the partnerships HPS has with CCC, going back to about 2010 when HPS received zero applications for an auto instructor who had retired. CCC stepped up and offered to provide the instructor; HPS pays the tuition for the dual credit courses. The next step was a partnership consisting of HPS, CCC and Hastings area manufacturers that resulted in advance manufacturing for dual credit. Students can graduate from HPS with 12 credits from CCC.

He said barriers do exist. Some people ask why students don’t just attend CCC if they want college credit. He pointed out 64% of HPS students qualify for free/reduced lunch and may not the transportation to get out to the campus. Also, HPS students may find that their high school and CCC class schedules may conflict with each other. Another barrier can be CCC and HPS processes that don’t always match. He said the two institutions work together to overcome any challenges.

HPS students can now also take construction and certified nursing assistant classes, although the CNA students don’t get HPS credit, only CCC credit. He ended by thanking CCC for this partnership, that has grown from 40 to 212 students getting dual credit.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Tuition, Fees, Board and Room Rates for 2023-24

Joel King reported that tuition will increase by $2 per credit hour, the room rate by 3% and the board rate by 6%. Fees will remain the same.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY QUICK to accept the tuition, fees, room and board rates for 2023-24.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Capital Improvement Budget

Craig Boroff gave an overview of the projects included in the capital improvement budget. The College President asked for tentative approval of the 2023-24 capital improvement budget so these projects can be started. Official approval of the budget is set for September.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN to give tentative approval to the capital improvement budget.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Grand Island Road

Craig Boroff gave an overview of the project. The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Elsbury Construction Company in Grand Island for $808,396.07 to provide the labor and materials for the paving and utility work on the Grand Island Campus.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to accept the bid from Elsbury Construction Company to provide the labor and materials for paving and utility work on the Grand Island Campus.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

HVAC

Craig Boroff said that the HVAC systems for three dorms on the Hastings Campus need to be replaced. The project also will include ceiling replacement and LED lighting updates in all three dorms and creation of a meeting room in the Valley Residence Hall for a Scott Scholars meeting room.  The project will be presented for a vote at the March board meeting.

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Dr. Candace Walton presented information from the Voluntary Framework of Accountability, which gets its data from a six-year cohort (students who started in fall 2015) and a two-year cohort (students who started in fall 2019).

These success measures showed:

  • Central’s students continue to outperform IPEDs national average.
  • Central’s students who arrive with a planned program/career direction complete their program in shorter time and higher rate.
  • Central’s students who are exploring higher education and transfer out achieve high success rates.
  • Student enrollment behavior has changed over the years and Central remains a flexible, reliable, and local option for our community.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • The Columbus Campus will host the CCC Alumni weekend Feb. 23-25 with an open house downtown, campus tours, basketball games, athletic hall of fame and fine arts concerts.
  • Diane Keller and I attended the hearing regarding LB893 concerning removal of community college board taxing authority. I also visited with a few area senators to share concerns expressed by opponents and the NCCA.
  • I attended the AACC/ACCT National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. last week and stopped by the offices of Sen. Fischer, Sen. Ricketts and Rep. Flood. Flood will be touring CCC-Columbus campus on Feb. 23.
  • CCC was host to the Nebraska Transfer Initiative group representing faculty from all the state’s community colleges to articulate courses for transfer to Nebraska four-year colleges and universities.
  • I attended the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting as well as had some visits with members of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce prior to attending the legislative hearings.
  • I participated in a successful Ord Center Open House that was attended by college and community members.
  • I welcomed all the full-time CCC faculty involved in our annual Data Day when programs review assessment data regarding student learning.
  • I participated in several community investment presentations as part of the Heartland United Way board.
  • Several arts and sciences faculty replacement positions are in progress: speech instructor (any campus); math instructor (Hastings); biology instructor (Hastings); and biology/chemistry instructor (Columbus).
  • Adult Education successfully added four new English as a second language classes this year (Arapahoe, Holdrege, Hall County Corrections and Schuyler Family Literacy) and is currently serving 42 students in these classes. As of Jan. 25, we have 1,580 students. Last year in total, we served 1,732.
  • Overall, CCC has 120 student athletes of which 86 are Nebraska residents. The Institutional GPA for Fall 2022 student athletes was 3.22 with 1,578 credits completed.
  • Team and individual fall accomplishments: Women’s Soccer Region 9 Division II Champions; Men’s Soccer Region 9 Division II Champions; and Volleyball Region 9 Division II Champions. In Esports, The Call of Duty Vanguard team finished their regular season 6-1 and finished in 5th place in the single-elimination playoffs; the Call of Duty Gunfight team had an undefeated regular season, finishing 7-0, and took 5th place in their single-elimination playoff; and the Rocket League finished their regular season 6-1 and took 9th place in the single-elimination playoffs; Ivan Lopez was named NJCAA Division II 3rd Team All-American (first ever for soccer). Head men’s basketball coach, John Ritzdorf, had his 50th career coaching win in the fall and Athletic Director and Head Women’s Volleyball coach, Mary Young, had her 750th career coaching win in the fall. E-Team Fundraising has been successful, bringing in $25,545 from seven teams.
  • I will be presenting an ARPA request for funding to the Grand Island City Council on Feb. 28 for assistance with the infrastructure project today. Olson Engineering group estimates over $500,000 could be eligible from the city funds if approved.
  • Veterans Military and Resource Center (VMRC) Coordinator Shawn Patsios had a meeting with UNK Veteran’s Center to enhance our relationship through event partnership and resource and knowledge sharing meetings. Local recruiters, the UNK SVO and CCC’s VMRC will have a meeting to discuss VA and Tuition Assistance updates, new programs and ways we can help local service members understand and use their earned educational benefits.
  • The VMRC reports Spring 2023 outreach is underway. Out of the 125 college-wide military-connected students enrolled in this spring term, we have 30 first-time students to contact to help them integrate into college and extend our services. Our recovery outreach is directed to 65 military-connected students who did not return this spring after attending in Fall 2022 and 38 military-connected students who have not registered since Spring 2022. At least 20% of each group of non-returning students will be contacted by phone to find out what issues might exist and if we can mitigate or resolve them. Personal contact will also help identify any trends we may need to address for future terms. An additional group for recruitment involves Army National Guard Soldiers who recently left service. The local recruiter provided a list of 68 Nebraska Guardsmen who we will contact to discuss available education benefits, programs at CCC and our plethora of services for helping ensure their educational success.
  • Nearly 40 students made visits to the CCC-Grand Island Food and Hygiene Pantry, with eight first-time stops. The pantry shared out 352 food items and 101 hygiene items. Despite the snow days, we still surpassed last year’s totals for the month.
  • All three CCC career and employment services directors are now certified as Global Career Development Facilitators.
  • Virtual simulated nursing clinical days are being developed through the use of ATI-built scenarios. Faculty will be able to choose from a menu of approved simulations for each year and will receive guidance on how to facilitate them. These simulations will be used for late starts on clinical days due to weather. Additionally, to promote retention and remediation for students, the faculty schedule will reflect open labs on each campus. The purpose is to have the skills areas open for students to have access to equipment to practice skills or speak with an instructor on a concept that does not quite make sense.
  • The health sciences programs will participate in the combined Nursing and Health Sciences Career Fair held at College Park on March 15. Students will have the opportunity to meet with potential employers.
  • Offering multiple entry points into the Medical Lab Technician program showed initial success. Eight students started the program through the traditional entry point in August, and six started the program through the new January entry point. This brings the total program enrollment to 20 students for the 2022-2023 academic year. We are very excited about the growth potential.
  • Both first- and second-year dental hygiene students have started seeing patients in the dental hygiene clinic on the Hastings Campus for the spring semester. In addition, the second-year students are providing dental hygiene care at area schools, Head Start facilities, nursing home facilities, Third City Clinic, and Heartland Health clinic.

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 BORDEN, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to adjourn.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

March 16, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
March 16, 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 Rita Skiles called the March 16, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with four board members present in the meeting room and, because of weather concerns, four board members attending via WebEx.

ROLL CALL

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

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Sam Cowan will review the claims prior to the April 13, 2023, board meeting in Grand Island.

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 March 16, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the Feb. 16, 2023, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from 1 through Feb. 28, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of Feb. 22, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Printer Leasing: The College President recommends the leasing of copiers/printers from Capital Business Systems for $9,787.74 per month.
  6. Personnel:
    Kayla Svoboda: The College President recommends that Kayla Svoboda be offered the position of math faculty in Hastings, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    Sean McDonald: The College President recommends that Sean McDonald be offered the position of speech faculty in Columbus, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    Marni Danhauer: The College President recommends that Marni Danhauer be offered the position of dean of Community and Workforce Education in Grand Island, effective April 1, 2023.
  7. Policies and Procedures Updates.

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

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

HVAC Remodel for Valley, Boone and Colfax Residence Halls

The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Rutt’s Heating and AC Inc. for $4,066,000 to provide all labor and material to replace the HVAC on the Tri Plex dorms on the Hastings Campus.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY KELLER to accept the bid from Rutt’s Heating and AC Inc. for $4,066,000 to replace the HVAC in three residence halls.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Wages and Benefits for Employees

The wage and benefit recommendation for FY 2023-24 are as follows:

  • A. Full time classified and contracted employees retained for the 2023-24 year will be eligible to receive a wage increase. An amount up to the equivalent of 3.0% of total wages will be set aside for compensation.
  • B. Employees hired after April 1, 2023, or salaried employees who exceed the current maximum rate for their grade will not be eligible for an increase. Salaried employees who will exceed the maximum rate as a result of the increase will be adjusted to the maximum rate. Hourly employees who have exceed their maximum rate for their grade will still be eligible for an increase of 1.5% of their current rate.
  • C. Employees eligible to receive additional vacation days due to longevity may have the opportunity to get those additional days cashed out on the month after their anniversary month.
  • D. Health & Dental insurance premiums are estimated to increase 6.87% over the next year. This equates to an increase of approximately $621,347.
  • E. Salary and Classified staff will have vision insurance included into their benefits package. The costs will be approximately $53,000 / fiscal year.
  • F. Retirement match for all full-time staff is increased from 8.5% to 9%. If all full-time staff take the increase the cost will be approximately $93,339.00 / fiscal year.
  • G. All other benefits will remain in place without change.

KELLER MOVED to accept the proposal with two changes: In paragraph A, an increase from 3.0% to 5.0%, and in paragraph B, an increase from 1.5% to 2.5%. PIRNIE SECONDED the motion.

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

SEVEN “AYE” VOTES; ONE ABSTENTION – MOTION CARRIED

Kearney E-Ship Center Lease

The Board authorizes the College President to negotiate an agreement to lease space for the Entrepreneurial Program in Kearney. The Board recognizes the space at west 11th Street in Kearney, Nebraska. The plans presented to the board are suitable for the planned use of the space. The Board further understands that the price for the negotiation will be no more than $48.00/square foot a year; paid 1/12 monthly and no less than $12.00/square foot a year; paid 1/12 monthly.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to authorize the College President to negotiate an agreement to lease space for the Entrepreneurial Program in Kearney.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

REPORTS

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • Several meetings this past month on pending legislation at the state level involved hearings, testifying, press conferences and impact meetings with other community college presidents. Sam Cowan and Dan Quick attended the Community College Legislative Day with me and represented CCC well.
  • Discussions continue with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska-Kearney regarding space for CCC in their new Center for Health Sciences being built in Kearney.
  • Met with University Extension about opportunities for joint programming throughout our service area.
  • Several meetings with the Heartland United Way regarded the campaign, distribution of funds, and committee meetings as I still serve on the finance and executive committees in addition to the board.
  • Participated in the Columbus Campus tour with Congressman Mike Flood and received information regarding his earmark selection process for potential future projects.
  • Received continued positive news regarding expansion and positive impact of our Nebraska Math Readiness Project.
  • Participated in several of the CCC-Alumni Weekend/Homecoming events in Columbus. The event exceeded my expectations on crowds attending events and positive energy regarding all things CCC.
  • Participated in Dean of Community and Workforce Education interviews, which resulted in the promotion of Marni Danhauer into that position beginning April 1.
  • Kelly Christensen, Diana Watson and I attended the Phelps Economic Development Annual Luncheon.
  • Participating in a Higher Learning Commission four-year assurance review of another community college in the country.
  • Presented an update to the Grand Island City Council, which later approved up to $500,000 of ARPA funds for the college expansion infrastructure. Details of a contract will be forthcoming.
  • Met with representatives of our food service provider Chartwells and discussed future offerings on all three campuses.
  • Met with a potential CCC Foundation Board member and CCC graduate.
  • Attended webinar regarding updates on reporting out of our federal Covid funds received since 2020.
  • Attended the Nebraska Manufacturing Committee meeting with State Chamber.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant student community projects this spring include a case study and class with Methodist College in February, the second annual special needs prom April 22 at the Archway in Kearney, a sensory pathway for the Kearney Children’s Museum, and technology seminars at the senior center in Ravenna.
  • The paramedic program is working toward implementation for the immersive classroom installation. This $250,000 grant from DHHS is somewhat of a virtual reality simulation opportunity for our EMS students.
  • Wanda Cloet, dental hygiene director, will attend the American Dental Education Association meeting in Portland, Ore. She represents CCC in the House of Delegates for the American Dental Education Association. She is also chairing the SIG Dental Hygiene Clinical Coordinators for the American Dental Education Association.
  • An affiliation meeting was held between UNMC-Kearney and CHI-Good Samaritan hospital. Two Kearney faculty, Bryce Zavadil and Katy Zavadil attended the event with dean Dr. Pam Bales to share updates and strategies for student issues.
  • A job fair for nursing and health sciences students on March 15 drew 54 employers and five BSN institutions. An afternoon session gave the students information about applying for graduation and the NCLEX and licensure and schedules for comprehensive predictor.
  • Bryan GI Regional has announced a new scholarship opportunity for nursing students that will pay for all tuition and fees for the associate degree with the expectation of the scholarship recipient to work two to three years at one of the Bryan Hospital locations.
  • Over 35 students were interviewed as part of the Walter Scott Scholars program in Hastings with the hope of selecting 28 for the upcoming year.
  • Columbus TRIO student Hugo Ramon is participating in the Schuyler Police Department internship program this semester. He will be completing 120 hours learning about community policing and experiencing all facets of the criminal justice system.
  • From Veterans and Military Services: The Spring 2023 outreach is 65% completed. Over 100 previous students were identified for contact and 68 have been reached. Thirty first-time students were sent an email about the VMRC and its services.
  • More than 300 students from 19 high schools were on the Columbus Campus on March 8 for the Career Opportunity Fair where 30 businesses represented their industry.
  • CCC-Grand Island Student Success Associate Dean Ashley Weets attended the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute with 10 students from multiple campuses and two other advisors. They brought back ideas that could potentially be implemented at CCC.
  • On February 22, the Kearney Center Student Services staff welcomed 400 Kearney High Students for a tour of the center.
  • New eight-week courses have been added in arts, sciences and business this spring with enrollment increasing. Social media promotion appears to be helping.
  • Revision has begun on early childhood education’s pre-practicum course to include required training by childcare sites (first aid/CPR and Safe with You).
  • Dean of Instruction Dr. Amy Mancini will present a webinar, “Motivation Mindset,” for the Nebraska Developmental Education Consortium.
  • As of the end of February, CCC has officially surpassed the total number of adult education students we enrolled last year. (1,803 vs. 1,732).
  • The CCC men’s basketball team became region and district champions this past month and will be participating in the NJCAA Division II Championship Tournament in Danville, Ill., this coming week.
  • CCC was once again named a top 10 Military Friendly College out of the 95 “small colleges” listed.
  • The 2023 Raiders Athletic Hall of Fame event was held on Feb. 25. Inductees were Jack Gutierrez, Lindsay Larson (posthumously), Riley Callan Smith and 1999-2000 men’s basketball team. About 195 guests attended the event at the Columbus Innovation Center.
  • Since September 2022, there have been over 1,640 visits to the new Virtual Reality/Extended Reality Lab in Columbus.

The following reports were also submitted for board review:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Purchasing Report

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Skiles requested an executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues at 1:31 p.m.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY QUICK that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles reconvened the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting at 1:40 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to adjourn.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 1:42 p.m.

April 13, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
April 13, 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 the Administration Office Board Room 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 Rita Skiles called the April 13, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with eight board members present.

ROLL CALL

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

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Roger Davis will review the claims prior to the May 18, 2023, board meeting in Ord.

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 April 13, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the March 16, 2023, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from March 1 through March 31, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of March 31, 2023.
  5. Purchases: None
  6. Personnel:
    Mikalah Brown: The College President recommends that Mikalah Brown be offered the position of biology faculty in Hastings effective Aug. 1, 2023.
  7. Policies and Procedures Updates: None

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

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Career and Technical Sciences Report

Dr. Nate Allen, dean of career and technical sciences (CTS), gave an overview of the division, which includes 20 programs that offer certificates, diplomas and associate of applied science degrees. The programs’ blend of classroom and hands-on learning provides a good pathway for high school students and other individuals training for a new occupation as well as those already employed but need to learn new skills.

Brian Hoffman, associate dean of instruction, and Dan Gompert, information technology and systems instructor, discussed the cybersecurity grant the college received from the American Association of Community Colleges. The AACC is awarding this grant to 42 community colleges over three years to increase awareness of the cybersecurity field. The grant gives recipients an opportunity to collaborate, network and share information with each other. The $20,000 seed money CCC received will be used to buy equipment and provide scholarships to new students as well as IT professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.

Alison Feeney, associate dean of instruction, introduced electrical technology instructors Jeff Cox, Jim Cox and Brian Hansen and students Chase Johnson, Jorge Salines Balderas and Caleb Weisheit to share their thoughts about working on the townhouse project in Hasting. Both the instructors and students believe it’s a positive experience to work on a real project. The students also enjoy working with their fellow students from the construction, heating and air conditioning and heavy equipment programs.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Preventive Maintenance Contract

The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Albireo Energy for $132,543.00 to fulfill the automated building management system and preventive maintenance contract.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to accept the bid from Albireo Energy for $132,543.00 to fulfill the automated building management system and preventive maintenance contract.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Dr. Candace Walton, vice president of innovation and instruction, shared the following highlights from the 2022-23 annual Graduate Outcomes Report:

  • 90% of graduates are employed full-time in CCC’s service area with the remaining 10% working in Nebraska but outside of the service area.
  • 2,747 awards (degrees, diplomas and certificates) were granted to 1,640 unduplicated recipients.
  • Programs in which graduates will earn the highest hourly wages are mechatronics; nursing education (ADN); heavy equipment operator; paramedicine; dental hygiene; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; truck driving; advanced manufacturing design technology; and diesel technology.
  • CCC graduates transfer the most to the University of Nebraska in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha; Wayne State College; Bellevue University; and Hastings College.
  • Graduate satisfaction with their entire educational experience at CCC was 96%. Employers’ satisfaction with preparation of CCC graduates was also 96%.
  • 98% of graduates have completed their educational goal or are continuing their education.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • Several meetings were held this past month regarding pending legislation at the state level. We remain supportive of the amendment regarding tax levy changes and additional state funding for community colleges.
  • Participated in an Assurance Review for a college as part of my peer review responsibilities for the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Conducted open forums in Grand Island and Columbus with CCC employees.
  • Continued involvement on the Heartland United Way executive and finance committees. CCC had an Adult Education person speak at the annual meeting/luncheon where CCC hosted a table for employees and students.
  • Participated in a CCC Foundation “branding” workshop seeking input and providing ideas for how the foundation is perceived in the communities we serve.
  • Attended the American Association of Community Colleges annual meeting in Denver and attended several sessions on changes in federal financial aid, cybersecurity crisis response planning, Small and Rural Commission meetings, grants, federal legislative updates, strategies in remedial education, student success coaching models, and using U.S. census data. Criminal justice instructor Michael David was recognized as an AACC Dale Parnell Faculty Excellence recipient.
  • Participated in training on using our Ellucian software for better data governance for security and decision making.
  • Met with Aksarben Foundation about the upcoming NE Intern programming they will be leading.
  • Met with NSWERS director regarding changes to the data sharing agreement and next steps as participation becomes more tied to private funding source acceptance.
  • Communicated new Early College rates to all area superintendents, principals and counselors – several positive returns about our work with area students and continued discounted tuition rates provided by the state and local funding sources.
  • Participated in an industry visioning meeting regarding the Hastings automotive and auto body facilities and future curriculum expectancies from area automotive leaders. The event was very well attended.
  • Met with Phelps County Development Corp director about possible facilities space in Holdrege.
  • Attended the NCCA All-Academic Team luncheon in Lincoln where Gov. Pillen spoke and six CCC students were recognized. One of our CCC students also spoke at the luncheon.
  • Will be participating in several state SkillsUSA events in Grand Island this week and hosting the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council on campus.
  • Will be attending and presenting at the Postsecondary International Network (PIN) and attending the World Federation of College & Polytechnics in Montreal, Canada, later this month.

Updates reported by area vice presidents include:

  • Recent campus tours across the area have included Career Discovery Days, Bayard High School, Fullerton High School, Hampton Freshmen, SEM High School, Callaway High School, Cozad High School, Cross County eighth graders, Hastings Middle School and JAG Hastings High School in addition to hosting state contests for meetings for FFA, FBLA and FCCLA.
  • All CCC financial aid staff attended the Nebraska state financial aid conference to learn about updates expected with the FAFSA form and related changes in processes that will be needed before 2024-25 award year.
  • Acceptance letters for new nursing students were sent and applications for LPN to RN cohort were opened this week with the goal of getting areawide numbers back up to 100 students for next year’s class.
  • Health sciences dean Sarah Kort began serving on a new Nebraska Health Career Pipeline Initiative advisory council. This group was developed and endorsed by the Nebraska Hospital Association, Nebraska Health Care Foundation, Nebraska Medical Association and Medica.
  • The national accreditation visit for the paramedicine program occurred April 3-4 with positive preliminary responses.
  • Four second-year paramedicine students attended the Nebraska EMS Association conference and competed in an ALS provider simulation event and earned second place. Over 400 EMS providers attended the conference.
  • The dental hygiene students will be attending the Nebraska Dental Hygiene Association meeting in Omaha with director Dr. Wanda Cloet presenting a session and second-year students presenting table clinics.
  • CCC’s Counseling and Prevention Education Services was recognized through the NECPA as an Exemplary Member, earning a Bronze-level designation.
  • CCC disabilities services staff presented at an ESU #10 event regarding students who have an IEP/disability making the transition from high school to college. About 50 attendees and family were present.
  • CCC ranked sixth in the small colleges category for the 2023-24 Military Friendly survey.
  • Academic Success Centers are busy supporting students and assisting with end-of-semester workshops including writing workshops and making plans for summer skill builder bootcamps.
  • Worked with UNL regarding eliminating barriers in transfer specifically for teacher education.
  • Additional late 8-week sessions were offered and yielded 21 FTE.
  • Men’s basketball captured Region 9 and North District Championships and competed in the National Division II championship where they lost two close games by a total of 3 points.
  • The softball and golf seasons have begun, and eSports continues to have a winning season and national championship possibilities.
  • CCC athletic director Mary Young continues to serve as NJCAA Senior Women’s Administrator to the Board of Regents and attended the NJCAA convention in North Carolina. She oversees all women’s sports committees and is active on the Eligibility Committee, Championship and Sports Governance Committee and Executive Committee.
  • The CCC music and theater departments are presenting the spring musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at CCC-Columbus April 13-16.

The following reports were also submitted for board review:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Purchasing Report

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Skiles requested an executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues at 2:17 p.m.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY DAVIS that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles reconvened the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting at 2:35 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY HEIDEN to adjourn.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:36 p.m.

May 18, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
May 18, 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 at Central Community College’s Ord Learning Center, 1514 K St., Ord, Nebraska.

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

Chair Rita Skiles called the May 18, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with eight board members present.

ROLL CALL

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

Public Participation

Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Linda Heiden will review the claims prior to the June 15, 2023, board meeting in Grand Island.

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 May 18, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the April 20, 2023, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from April 1 through April 30, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of April 30, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Program Lease: The College President recommends acceptance of the bids to lease units from NMC, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Road Builders Machinery & Supply Co. Inc., and Bobcat of Omaha for the Hastings Campus for the HEOT program.
    Late Model Van/Minivan: The College President recommends the search and purchase of this vehicle, meeting the designated specifications, in an amount not to exceed, $25,000 for a used vehicle, meeting the needs of the facilities department.
    Platte Parking Lot Change Order: The College President recommends acceptance of the proposed change order from Cloudburst Landscaping covers the cost of a miscalculation during bidding. If approved this vendor would still be the low bid on the Platte landscaping project. The amount of proposed change is $47,850.00.
    Board Approval of Grant Fund Usage, $20,000 and Over: The College President recommends approval of equipment purchased for grants CCC has received.
  6. Personnel:
    Matt Strampher: The College President recommends that Matt Strampher be offered the position of Quality Technology Faculty in Hastings, effective August 1, 2023.
    Bobbi Gustason: The College President recommends that Bobbi Gustason be offered the position of Nursing Faculty in Kearney, effective August 1, 2023.
  7. Policies and Procedures Updates.

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

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Community and Workforce Education Report

Dr. Kelly Christensen, vice president of community and workforce education (CWE), introduced the following presenters:

  • Regional Director Dr. Crystal Ramm gave an overview of the Ord Learning Center, which offers college courses, health care classes, GED assessment, academic and career advising, community education, student programs and customized training. She highlighted the center’s area partners; the Gardening in the Valley community education event; the $500 Ord Center Scholarship, which has been awarded to 16 students since 2015; kids camps and summer interns; and expansion of the Ord Pollinator Garden, which received a Community Landscape Award from the Nebraska Arboretum.
  • Director Becky Fausett gave a report on the adult education program, which offers free in-person, online and remote English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED classes through its offices in Arapahoe, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Holdrege, Kearney, Lexington, Ord and Schuyler. CCC has the largest adult education program in the state with 47 paid instructors, nine administrative staff members, six site coordinators and 71 volunteers whose combined efforts served 1,732 students last year. These students came from 54 countries and spoke 34 languages. She highlighted Yilian Ricardo, a Cuban immigrant, who took ESL, GED and certified nursing assistant classes from CCC and is now employed by Grand Island Regional Hospital.
  • Early College Director Jamey Peterson-Jones said students enrolling at CCC for the 2022 fall semester included graduates from 75 of Nebraska’s 93 counties, 24 of CCC’s 25 counties, 10 states and one foreign country. Of the high school graduates inside CCC’s service area, 58% were early college students. Of CCC’s early college students, 2.3% completed an award from CCC before their high school graduation; 2,380 completed 91% of their credit hours taken in high school; 17% enrolled at CCC in Fall 2022; and 81% continued to postsecondary education in Fall 2022.
  • CWE Dean Marni Danhauer, dean of CWE, wrapped up with this: In 2020-21, 3,171 people took their first class at CCC through the CWE department. In 2021-22, 1,408 of them returned to CCC to enroll in additional course. Of these returning students, 889 enrolled in at least one on-campus or online credit course.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Program Reviews

Program reviews were presented by Dr. Amy Mancini, dean of arts, sciences and business, for the business administration/accounting program, and Dr. Nate Allen, dean of career and technical sciences, for the criminal justice, drafting and design technology, environmental health and safety, hospitality management and culinary arts, mechatronics, and quality control programs. Upon board approval, these programs will be submitted to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY DAVIS to approve the program reviews for the business administration/accounting, criminal justice, drafting and design technology, environmental health and safety, hospitality management and culinary arts, mechatronics, and quality control programs without monitoring.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Architectural Services

In April, the college requested proposals for a five-year architectural service agreement. Scope of work would include plans, specifications, bidding, assisting in the selection of a contractor, construction administration, and project close out for projects ranging in range in cost less than $100,000 to no greater than $2,000,000. The College President recommends acceptance of Wilkins ADP with the high score of 315 to provide college-wide architectural services.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY DAVIS to approve Wilkins ADP to provide college-wide architectural services.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Platte Building Remodel

This project consists of an interior remodel of about 8,400 square-feet of the Platte Building at the Hastings Campus. The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Carmichael Construction for $1,895,000 to provide all labor and material for the remodel.

MOVED BY QUICK, SECONDED BY HEIDEN to accept the low acceptable bid from Carmichael Construction for $1,895,000 to provide all labor and material to remodel the Platte Building.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

200 Wing Remodel

This project consists of a 7,700-square-foot interior remodel and some exterior site work of the business program area at the Grand Island Campus. The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Mid Plains Construction Company of Grand Island for $2,134,000.00 to provide the labor and materials for the remodel.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to accept the low acceptable bid from Mid Plains Construction Company of Grand Island for $2,134,000.00 to provide the labor and materials to remodel the 200 wing.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

REPORTS

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • Participated in three successful commencements! Thanks to the board members who were able to participate this year. Suggestions for next year are always welcome from your perspective.
  • Several meetings this past month regard pending legislation at the state level. We remain supportive of the amendment regarding tax levy changes and additional state funding for community colleges.
  • Conducted an open forum in Hastings at which time Heartwell Renewables announced a $100,000 gift of scholarships to CCC.
  • Attended the Postsecondary International Network (PIN) conference that was held in conjunction with College Institutes of Canada (CICAN) and World Federation of Colleges & Polytechnics (WFCP) in Montreal, Canada. Sessions included transformational leadership in higher education, international student programming, AI and cybersecurity crisis response planning. I continue to serve as treasurer for PIN, serve on the executive council and presented a session at the conference on our change from mandatory to recommended academic assessment and placement.
  • Participated in several state SkillsUSA events in Grand Island, including as a judge for one event, and also hosted the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council at CCC-Grand Island.
  • Hosted spring President’s Quality Action Council meeting with CCC representatives from administration, faculty, staff, contract staff and students. Updates were presented on college initiatives.
  • Participated virtually in the NCCA quarterly meeting and had regular communication with NCCA presidents regarding a variety of legislative and operational issues.
  • Celebrated the completion of our first registered apprenticeship in welding for the skills portion of the program. The student also graduated in May’s ceremony.
  • Several meetings were held regarding data governance, cyber risks and assessment reports.
  • Attended several faculty retirement events, Faculty Senate and yearend assessment meetings.
  • Participated in pre-audit planning meeting, CCC budget training and foundation budget meetings.

Reports from area vice presidents include:

  • Early childhood education faculty will work this summer on training for CPR and Safe With You in order to be certified trainers in both. These will become part of the pre-practicum course and improve employability of our students while still in college.
  • In adult education, Becky Fausett, Sherry Seibert-Bough and Jessica Johnson attended the COABE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Keilen Mocencio attended virtually. Many thanks to Hastings Literacy Program for funding Jessica and Keilen. Top takeaways were ideas for building community in the classroom, starting a boot camp for GED students with one test left, and assigning students jobs in the classroom that will build career soft skills.
  • The Raiders softball team captured the Nebraska Community College Championship and Coach Simon was named Coach of the Year. CCC also hosted and won the Region IX tournament but lost in Division place to DMACC.
  • Raider esports’ Call of Duty: Cold War Gunfight 2v2 had an amazing season! The team of Justice Silver and Zack Hollingsworth finished as NJCAAe National Runner-Up.
  • CCC men’s basketball player, Tre Deveaux, was selected as a NJCAA Division II First Team All American. He will represent CCC at the National Basketball Coaches Association All Star game in Las Vegas in May.
  • Counseling and prevention education had a total number of 922 appointments (completed) during Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. This translates into an increase of 31% in the number of sessions from last year. Director Luz Colon-Rodriguez has been invited to present a workshop regarding mental health at the Siembra Nebraska Conference hosted by the Latino Center for the Midlands on May 31 in Omaha.
  • The Veterans Military and Resource Center coordinated a “signing event” on April 20 for Madeline Crome, a Hastings Campus student who signed her National Guard contract and swore her oath. Basic training began on May 5, so she wasn’t be able to attend graduation but wanted to have something memorable and that was the “signing event.”
  • Andrea Hays, Hastings career and employment services director is supervising 24 student internships this summer and working with Brett Wells to support the Scott Scholar interns.
  • The health information management systems program submitted their APAR (Annual Program Assessment Report) for CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education) Report on May 15.
  • First-year and second-year medical technician students competed in the state-wide Quiz Bowl on April 26 that was put on by ASCLS Student Organization. They competed against several other schools around the state, with one of the four CCC teams placing second. CCC and UNMC were the two largest schools represented with the same number of students participating. This activity was developed to assist in prepping MEDT students for their certification exam.
  • Occupational therapy assistant program is full for Fall 2023 with orientation for this cohort scheduled for the end of May.
  • The paramedicine program graduated nine students, who will start their internship this summer. Eleven students are on track to move into the second year of the program. There are 20 first-year students registered to begin the program Fall 2023. This is the highest number the program has ever seen. With nearly three more months before classes start, we could see additional enrollees.
  • The dental hygiene program saw over 4,000 children during 2022-23 school year, providing access to care they may not otherwise have had. dental hygiene students visit local Head Starts and preschools in our communities.
  • Fifteen students in dental assisting are on track to finish by June 23. Students have completed the requirements for radiography and coronal polishing certifications. Spring semester two-day-a-week clinical rotations are completed. Fourteen students are seeking or have already secured employment, and one student is continuing her education. The Fall 2023 cohort is already full.

Announcement

Michelle Broekemier announced her upcoming resignation from the board. She and her husband have bought a house that’s outside of her district.

The following reports were also submitted for board review:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Purchasing Report

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Skiles requested an executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues at 2:18 p.m.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY QUICK that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting to go into executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles reconvened the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting at 2:43 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY QUICK, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to adjourn.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

 

June 15, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
June 15, 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 the Administration Office Board Room 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 Rita Skiles called the June 15, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with eight board members present.

ROLL CALL

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

POLICY ITEMS

The Board Search Committee of Sam Cowan, Diane Keller, Tom Pirnie, Dan Quick and Rita Skiles recommended Jason Buss be approved as the replacement for the remainder of the term for the vacant District 1 position on the Board of Governors previously held by Michelle Broekemier.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve Jason Buss to fill the vacant District 1 position on the board.

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

Public Participation

Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Diane Keller will review the claims prior to the Aug. 17, 2023, board meeting in Grand Island.

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 June 15, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the May 18, 2023, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from May 1 through May 31, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of May 31, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Online Facilities Services: The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Arc Facilities Company of San Ramon, California for $84,526 to provide online facilities services on all Central Community College campuses.
    Community Education Brochure Printing: The College President recommends acceptance of the quote from Midwest Connect in the amount of $93,776.00 for the printing and mailing of the Community Education brochures.
    Board Approval of Grant Fund Usage, $20,000 and Over: The College President recommends approval of equipment purchased for grants CCC has received.
  6. Personnel:
    Jeff Buescher: The College President recommends that Jeff Buescher be offered the position of Agricultural Sciences Instructor in Hastings, effective August 1, 2023.
    Mikalah Brown: The College President recommends that Mikalah Brown be offered the position of Biology Instructor in Hastings, effective August 1, 2023.
    Bobbi Gustason: The College President recommends that Bobbi Gustason be offered the position of Nursing Instructor in Kearney, effective August 1, 2023.
    Osmary Depablos: The College President recommends that Osmary Depablos be offered the position of Chemistry Instructor in Columbus, effective August 1, 2023.
    Abbey Fox: The College President recommends that Abbey Fox be offered the position of Nursing Instructor in Columbus, effective August 1, 2023.
  7. Policies and Procedures Updates.
  8. CCC Foundation Contract: The College President seeks authorization to enter into a funding agreement with the CCC Foundation. The college agrees to pay to the foundation an amount equal to $5.20 per audited credit hour of CCC students, to assist the foundation in providing alumni activities and other services.

MOVED BY AERNI, 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 – absent
Heiden – absent
Keller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Quick – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Student Success and Enrollment Management Report

Dr. Beth Klitz introduced Becca Dobry, areawide financial aid director, who shared updates to federal and state financial aid.

Legislation is bringing an end to the student loan repayment pause, affecting 2,174 CCC students who have graduated or withdrawn since fall 2019. The potential impact on CCC could be a steep increase to its cohort default rate. The Biden administration’s effort to provide student debt forgiveness has been challenged and is now before the Supreme Court. A decision is expected soon. If it’s enacted, a good potion of those 2,174 students will have most or all their debt forgiven.

On the FAFSA application, updates are affecting the estimated cost of attendance, special and unusual circumstances, and Pell Grant calculation and amounts. In addition, small businesses and family farm assets must now be included in the calculation and consent must be given for data sharing.

Health Sciences Report

Dr. Sarah Kort introduced Program director Hailey Morrow and adjunct instructor Chris Page who gave a report on the medical laboratory technician program.

Medical lab technicians fill a valuable position in a clinical laboratory, delivering laboratory results that provide the diagnostic information vital for quality patient care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics says that job openings are projected to increase by 20% by 2030 because of an aging population with an increased need for health care. Retirements also are increasing attrition. Currently, 31 medical lab technician jobs are open in the CCC area.

CCC’s MEDT program benefits area employers by increasing their potential employee pool. Employers also increase retention by sponsoring professional growth. The program is offering a new three-week hybrid phlebotomy course what will help fill another critically needed role and provide foundational skills for many health care careers as well as a potential ladder for professional growth.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Skiles requested an executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues at 1:56 p.m.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY QUICK that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting to go into executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles reconvened the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting at 2:04 p.m.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

College President Permission for July Purchases

Because the CCC Board of Governors won’t meet in July 2023, the board hereby authorizes Dr. Matthew Gotschall to approve any needed action items from June 16 through Aug. 16, 2023. He will provide the board with a summary of all actions taken under this authority at the Aug. 17, 2023, board meeting.

MOVED BY QUICK, SECONDED BY KELLER to authorize actions by the College President to approve any needed action items from June 16 through Aug. 16, 2023.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

General Operational Budget Tentative Approval

Tentative approval is requested for the operational budget of $65,023,525. Final approval for this budget will be acted upon on at the September 2023 meeting, following a public hearing.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to give tentative approval for the $65,023,525 operational budget.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Renewable Energy Certificates

The College President requests authorization to sell available renewable energy credits once Usource has secured at least a minimum offer of $1.50 per REC from a client.

MOVED BY QUICK, SECONDED BY COWAN to authorize the College President to sell available renewable energy credits.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Approval of College President’s Contract

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY BORDEN to allow the board chair to negotiate with the college president and to sign the presidential contract for the 2023-24, 2024-25 and 2025-26 contract years.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Updated Comprehensive Master Plan

The College President requests approval of the updated comprehensive master plan and to make adjustments to the comprehensive master plan due to private or other public funding support.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve the updated comprehensive master plan and for the College President to make adjustments due to private or other public funding support.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

2024 Board Meeting Dates

The board voted to accept the 2024 meeting dates with the September meeting moved from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19 to better accommodate the public budget hearings. Because these hearings also will be held this year, the board voted to change the Sept. 14, 2023, meeting to Sept. 21, 2023.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve amending the meeting dates.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY QUICK, SECONDED BY KELLER to approve the 2004 meeting dates for the Board of Governors, with the amended dates for September 2024 as well as for September 2023.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

REPORTS

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • CCC-Grand Island hosted the Nebraska Postsecondary Coordinating Commission meeting including a tour and broadcasted meeting from our CCC boardroom. They were very complimentary of our facilities and technology.
  • Central Community College was honored as the 2023 Nebraska Outstanding Postsecondary Career Technical Education program and was presented with a plaque at the state CTE conference in Kearney. CCC was also represented in presenting two different sessions to statewide teachers and administrators that week.
  • Attended the College of St. Mary commencement ceremonies to celebrate with my daughter. It’s always interesting to see how other graduations take place.
  • Met with a potential donor concerning CCC’s space in the new UNMC Rural Health Complex being built at UNK. Visited with Chancellor Gold a couple of times regarding space as well.
  • Participated in CCC’s Student Success Coaching update training as we look to expand the number of students served and the documentation of multiple coaching opportunities across the system.
  • Participated in the Aksarben Annual Meeting as well as a higher education round table discussing the new InternNE-powered by Askarben initiative.
  • Attended the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources dinner in Lincoln celebrating 150 years of the College of Ag Sciences & Nat Resources and 50 years of the institute.
  • Continuing to serve on Heartland United Way Executive and Finance Boards for the upcoming year.
  • Met with interim Grand Island Public School superintendent regarding potential future partnerships.
  • Participated in the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Stakeholders meeting where long-term impacts of scholarship recipients were presented by external researchers.
  • Signed the data sharing agreement with NSWERS as part of our efforts to evaluate connections between education in Nebraska and employment. Will share 2022-2023 academic year student data yet this summer.
  • Facilitated board vacancy procedure and interview scheduling for Board.
  • CCC-Hastings Campus will be hosting the Peter Kiewit Foundation Board this week for their annual retreat and will include a tour of the Hamilton Building remodel/construction.
  • Worked with Traci Skalberg on CCC’s updated agreement with the CCC Foundation to support the college and numerous projects including alumni relations.
  • NCCA director Courtney Witstruck has created a couple of nice summaries of the changes in state funding going forward and the joint public budget hearing requirements.
  • Reports from area vice presidents include:
    • Early College high schools were provided with student honors listing and intertwined Dark Green/White cords, program awards, scholarship keepsakes and additional planning items for area honors events. Highlights include: 923 students qualify for the honors cord by completing a CCC course, 13 students were either homeschooled or out of CCC’s service area, 99 seniors were awarded the Transition Advantage Scholarship to attend CCC, and 108 CCC certificates earned.
    • Kearney High School and CCC are renewing the dual credit automotive partnership and working to hire a new instructor at the school, but shortages may prevent getting it filled.
    • CCC is working with ESU#7 (Columbus area) to grow career and technical education opportunities with their 18 area high schools and CCC.
    • CCC staff participated in an emergency response exercise with Two-River Public Heath Department. The table-top scenario included a wildfire west of Kearney and approaching the southwest portion of town.
    • CCC-Hastings has been hosting a four-week Verizon Innovation Program promoting appropriate use of technology and robotics for over 60 middle school students.
    • Four adjunct instructor trainings will be held across the area in June and July to support our adjuncts and ensure greater consistency of curriculum and assessment.
    • Sara Bennet will become the new entrepreneurship director in Kearney. She’s transferring from the Grand Island center.
    • CCC is now offering access to four Google Career Certificates at no cost with support of a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges. The courses include Google Data Analytics, Google Digital Marketing and E-Commerce, Google Project Management, and Google UX Design. Enrollment caps were reached on three of the four with another session beginning in July. These are offered as vocational/non-credit and taught by Google employees.
    • Parker Hannifin (Baldwin Filters) has awarded $5,000 to the CCC Kearney career and technical sciences programs to help promote and market their program offerings.
    • The Nebraska-funded GAP assistance grant will help six students enrolled in the summer welder training program in Lexington. Another four students will attend with the support of Orthman Manufacturing. Topics will include welding safety, blueprint reading and MIG welding.
    • After a year, all nursing faculty positions in Kearney are filled, with one vacancy each in Columbus and Grand Island.
    • Nate Allen, Dr. Amy Mancini and Alison Feeney attended the National Council of Instructional Administrators Conference held in Lincoln that drew participants from Washington state to Maryland.
    • The Titan Diesel Camp was held on the Hastings Campus June 5-6. Forty-three students participated in the two-day camp. There was one day of on-campus workshops led by CCC’s diesel technology, heavy equipment operator, and truck driving instructors and trainers in followed by a day of tours to CNH Industrial and the local Hastings Titan Equipment shop and offices.
    • Columbus student Brandon Berger placed 1st in Networking became one of two CCC National SkillsUSA qualifiers. He will attend the national competition in June in Atlanta, Georgia, along with advisor Landon Hunt, welding instructor. Adam Reinhard, a Hastings student, placed 1st in Diesel Equipment Technology and will attend nationals with Raece Paulsen, DSLT instructor.
    • Remaining faculty vacancies/reposts for fall include commercial construction, drafting and design technology, automotive, biology and information technology.
    • Welding courses are being conducted in Grand Island and Columbus this summer.
    • The Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Club traveled May 21-24 to Las Vegas to tour and experience 4- and 5-star food and hospitality services to learn about their processes. Additionally, HMRM faculty held a summer workshop for 12 high school participants including hands-on training and an industry tour.
    • Separate grant funding requests for student scholarships is being submitted for the Gene Haas Foundation for advanced manufacturing and to Caterpillar Machinery for diesel.
    • Human Services faculty are working on adding new certificates and courses that will align with training/certifications across the state in the field of social work.
    • The dental assisting and dental hygiene programs will have accreditation site visits in September and have submitted reports leading up to that visit.

The following reports were also submitted for board review:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Purchasing Report

ADJOURNMENT

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:37 p.m.

August 17, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
August 17, 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 the Administration Office Board Room 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 Rita Skiles called the Aug. 17, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with nine board members present.

ROLL CALL

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

POLICY ITEMS

Jason Buss was installed as a new member of the CCC Board of Governors. He was approved at the June board meeting to fill the remainder of the term for Michelle Broekemier who resigned from her District 1 position in May.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

John Novotny will review the claims prior to the Sept. 21, 2023, board meeting in Grand Island.

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 Aug. 17, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the June 15, 2023, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from June 1 through July 31, 2023.
  4. Financial reports as of June 30 and July 31, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Video Wall Replacement, Kearney: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Yandas Pro Audio and Video Company of Kearney for $80,427.80 to provide the labor and materials for the video wall replacement at the Kearney Center.
  6. Personnel:
    Matthew Strampher: The College President recommends that Matthew Strampher be offered the position of areawide quality instructor, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    Gaspard Mucundanyi: The College President recommends that Gaspard Mucundanyi be offered the position of information technology and systems instructor in Columbus, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    Samuel Matticks: The College President recommends that Samuel Matticks be offered the position of auto instructor at Kearney High School, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    Connie Hultine: The College President recommends that Connie Hultine be offered the position of criminal justice instructor in Hastings, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    James Davis: The College President recommends that James Davis be offered the position of criminal justice instructor in Grand Island, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    Erin Lesiak: The College President recommends that Erin Lesiak be offered the position of psychology instructor in Grand Island, effective Aug. 1, 2023.
    Bethany Gifford: The College President recommends that Bethany Gifford be offered the position of nursing instructor in Columbus, effective Aug. 21, 2023.
  7. Policies and Procedures Updates: Awards Policy, Definition of Employee, and Drug and Alcohol-Free Policy and Procedure.
  8. College Attorney Contract: A contact for legal services was signed with the current attorney for the CCC Board of Governors, Katherine E. Sharp. She is part of the Jarecki, Sharp and Petersen firm.
  9. Fine Arts Center Remodel: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from BD construction from Columbus for $237,336.00 to provide the labor and materials for the fine arts and resource center remodel on the Columbus Campus.

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

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

College Foundation Report

Executive Director Traci Skalberg reported the following:

  • The CCC Foundation Board of Directors has gained three new members: Justin Pfennig of Grand Island, managing partner at Dramco Tool; Jesse Trotter of Arcadia, vice president of Trotter Inc.; and Quelbin Izaguirre of Columbus, chief operating officer of NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska.
  • Upcoming events include Community Appreciation Night, Sept. 7; Ram Run/Walk and CCC-Hastings Car Show, Sept. 9; and 33rd annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Sept. 18 in Grand Island.
  • The latest edition of the Community Connection will be available soon.
  • A successful groundbreaking ceremony was held July 24 for the Pirnie Inclusive Playground at Ryder Park in Grand Island.
  • Campaigns that are underway include Generations of Impact, 2023 Pacesetter Appeal and a feasibility study for the Driving the Present/Shifting the Future Auto Training Center.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

FTE/REU/RAE Report Acceptance

Kim Pearson from Dana F. Cole and Company, Certified Public Accountants, presented the Statements of Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent Student Enrollment and Reimbursable Educational Units report. The company has issued an unmodified audit report for Central Community College, the best rating it can award, for the years ending in 2022 and 2023.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the 2022 and 2023 Statements of Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent Student Enrollment and Reimbursable Educational Units as presented by Dana F. Cole & Company.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

University of Nebraska-Kearney Rural Health Building Agreement

The purposed of the agreement is to construct a dedicated CCC classroom in the new Rural Health Education Building at UNK, strengthening CCC’s existing partnership with UNK and the University of Nebraska Medical Center and enhancing CCC’s ability to present its health care degree programs.

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY DAVIS to enter into the agreement with UNK to build the dedicated CCC classroom in the new Rural Health Education Building and to authorize the college president and the board chair to make minor adjustments to the agreement.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Automotive Training Center Program Statement

The Hastings Automotive Careers Training Center Project consists of a complete replacement of the existing Transportation (Furnas) Building, on an adjacent site to Central Community College-Hastings. This project will provide new space to support the automotive and auto body technology programs. The college may keep the existing transportation building intact for educational use and provide flexible program space as campus wide needs are evaluated.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY QUICK to accept the Automotive Training Center Program statement.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Brian McDermott, institutional research director, gave a report on CCC graduation trends and post-graduation outcomes. He covered the following:

  • In the past four years, CCC has experienced a general increase in total awards from 1,229 to 1,406 (pre-audit), with a minor increase in unduplicated graduates from 1,507 to 1,534 (pre-audit).
  • Most of these awards are certificates, and the highest rate of increase was in certificates.
  • All academic divisions experienced some increase in the number of awards conferred in the past four years.
  • CCC has experienced one of the largest increases in award generation in Nebraska colleges and universities.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

July 2023

  • CCC-Hastings hosted the Peter Kiewit Foundation summer board retreat, which included a tour of the Hamilton Building where they were a $1 million lead donor.
  • After winning first place in Nebraska SkillsUSA contests, Columbus student Brandon Berger placed fifth in Networking and Hastings student Adam Reinhard placed seventh in Diesel Equipment Technology at the National SkillsUSA contest in Atlanta. Several area high school competitors who were CCC early college students also placed in the top 10.
  • Dental hygiene instructor Patty Kirkegaard has been elected to serve as vice president of the Nebraska Dental Hygienists’ Association. In addition, Vanessa Crookshank, a part-time dental hygiene instructor, was elected to serve as the association’s treasurer. Dr. Wanda Cloet is serving on the test constructor committee for the American Dental Association National Board for Dental Hygiene.
  • The medical assisting program had eight students complete their practicums in June. All are employed in clinics and are now applying for the credentialing exam (CMA, AAMA).
  • Student Genisis Baar was named the Nebraska Champion for the Microsoft PowerPoint certification exam. She was unable to attend the national competition.
  • Yunteng He, chemistry instructor in Kearney, was awarded a Stanford EPIC Community College Faculty Fellowship.
  • The Nebraska Math Readiness Project hosted high school teacher training for nine new schools that will be joining the project.
  • Seventy middle school students attended the Verizon Innovation Learning camp at CCC-Hastings. More than 50 CCC employees assisted with the camp.
  • Through our partnership with Hastings College that allows HC students to attend CCC classes, 27 students attended in Fall 2022 and 21 in Spring 2023.

August 2023

  • Board members Diane Keller and Dan Quick attended the quarterly meeting of the NCCA board in Lincoln. Much discussion was held regarding legislative priorities for next year and property tax levies for 2024.
  • CCC has been approved by the Coordinating Commission for $4.7 million for the Hastings Automotive Training Center (pending official CCPE approval in September) and $3.3 million for the Grand Island Welding Training Center.
  • CCC received preliminary state aid numbers for next year of $11,623,411. This is $341,056 more than last year. Final numbers will come by September 1.
  • Lauren Gillespie, CCC-Columbus biology instructor, won the ACCT Western Region Faculty Member of the Year Award and is eligible for the national award to be presented at the ACCT national conference in October. Although she took a teaching position at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland in August, she will still represent CCC and the western region.
  • The health information management services program submitted its annual assessment report to the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. Notification has been received it was accepted without any revisions.
  • Corey Hatt and Dr. Amy Mancini presented at the Nebraska School Administrators Conference in Kearney regarding Math Readiness Grant and gained two new districts as a result of this presentation.
  • The adult education program held an instructor training day that included 46 staff and instructors in attendance. In program year 2023, CCC enrolled 2,263 students from 49 countries speaking 51 native languages.
  • NJCAA Academic Teams included CCC’s softball, volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s soccer and golf teams. Thirty-five individual student athletes earned NJCAA Academic Awards for GPA over 3.6 with 16 of those being 4.0. The Raiders won five of seven Region 9 championships in athletic competition.
  • Super Tech, a diesel technology technician competition, was hosted by CCC-Hasting in July with recent CCC graduate Adam Reinhard winning the student division and scoring as top scorer in two of the 10 competition stations. Adam plans to attend UNL this fall in engineering with a long-term goal of working for CAT to design and build equipment.
  • Troy Davis, advanced manufacturing instructor, led a Haas Teacher training for four high school or college instructors from New York, Minnesota and Missouri.
  • The criminal justice program will continue with a $25,000 grant from All Within My Hands Foundation for the Metallica Scholars program. This is the third of five years the foundation has awarded funds to community colleges across the United States.
  • CCC continues to implement the AACC and Google Serving Community Hub certificate program as one of only 20 community college partners and one of only 13 national community colleges awarded $20,000 from AACC for Cyber Skills for All grant program.
  • We were successful in hiring a full-time automotive instructor at Kearney Public Schools for the upcoming year and to get the credit pathway program back up and running.
  • CCC in partnership with Becton Dickinson was awarded $500,000 from the Department of Economic Development’s Developing Youth Initiative to continue and expand the Mechatronics Early College iMec 2.0 program. This will add high school partnerships.

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 BORDEN, SECONDED BY HEIDEN to adjourn.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:24 p.m.

September 21, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
September 21, 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 the Administration Office Board Room 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 Rita Skiles called the Sept. 21, 2023, meeting to order at 1:07 p.m., with 11 board members present.

ROLL CALL

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Tom Pirnie will review the claims prior to the Oct. 19, 2023, board meeting in Columbus.

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 Sept. 21, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the Aug. 17, 2023, Board of Governors meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from 1 through Aug. 31, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of Aug. 31, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Water Fill Stations, Hastings: The College President recommends acceptance of the quote from VanHoosen Plumbing in the amount of $40,900.00 for the drinking fountain fill stations and sink at the Hastings Campus.
  6. Personnel: None
  7. City of Grand Island and CCC ARPA Agreement: This contract was entered into on Sept. 12, 2023, between the City of Grand Island and Central Community College for the allocation of ARPA funds for infrastructure expansion on the Grand Island Campus.
  8. Furnas Building Program Statement: The Hastings Automotive Careers Training Center Project will consist of a complete replacement of the existing transportation building at the Hastings Campus, which will provide new space for the automotive and auto body technology programs.

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

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Board Action on Budget Items

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY AERNI to approve the Hazardous Materials and Accessibility Budget of $419,150.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY COWAN, SECONDED BY AERNI to approve the budget of expenditures and revenues as represented within the State of Nebraska 2023-24 Basic Budget Form.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY HEIDEN to approve the additional 1% increase of restricted funds as shown on the 2023-24 Budget Form LC-CC.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Buss – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Quick – aye
Skiles – 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 2023-24 property tax is $53,674,697. The breakdown is General Fund, $42,261,587.17; Capital Improvement Fund, $10,993,960.09; and Haz/Access, $419,150.00.

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 AERNI, SECONDED BY BUSS to approve the property tax request as listed.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY WUICK, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to submit the budget to the State of Nebraska.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Buss – aye
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

Barry Horner gave a report on CCC’s Veterans and Miliary Resource Center (VMRC) and began by introducing the staff: Patricia Lee-Smith in Columbus, Jordan Janssen in Hastings and Shawn Patsios in Kearney.

The VMRC staff works to engage with CCC students who are veterans and current service members and to support them in their educational goals by resolving issues and removing barriers. They connect with these students at registration days, new student orientations, Student Veterans Association meetings and student organization events and reach out to students who haven’t registered for classes in the last two years. They also help students connect to Veterans Administration education benefits, tuition assistance benefits and resources that can help them in times of need.

The VMRC has gained permanent membership on the Veterans Day Celebration committee for the Nebraska State Fair; rebuilt COVID-impacted relationships with external agencies that provide safety net resources for military-connected students; and has received national recognition for CCC’s student veterans’ successes, including the new designation this year of being spouse-friendly.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • Central Community College celebrated our first Registered Apprentice completing both the work and welding course level requirements with our partner Standard Iron in Grand Island.
  • Representatives from the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation were present in Hastings for a dinner with our current class of freshman and sophomore students.
  • Assisted at the State Fair with interview, college booth and Heartland United Way Scoops. Many CCC employees and students from across the area were heavily involved throughout the State Fair and later at Husker Harvest Days.
  • Participated in Math Readiness Grant annual review with researcher and foundation donor.
  • Met with Hastings area state senators Halloran and Murman regarding tax levy request and automotive training center and toured the Hamilton Building on the Hastings Campus.
  • Attended groundbreaking ceremony with UNK and UNMC promoting involvement in the new $90 million Rural Health Complex in Kearney. Good to see board members and employees attend along with many donors who have been generous to CCC projects, too.
  • Continued involvement in executive boards of Heartland United Way and Postsecondary International Network and attended a meeting of the Greater Nebraska Workforce Board.
  • I was asked by the American Association of Community Colleges to co-present a session on our use of data in making student success decisions – specifically Volunteer Framework of Accountability data. This was for AACC’s Future Leader’s Institute in Denver, Colorado. AACC reimbursed my expenses to participate.
  • Attended the CCC Foundation Community Appreciation Event held on the Hastings Campus. Many great demonstrations by program faculty and staff in attendance and well received by the community. Held in cooperation with the Hastings Chamber.
  • Attended University of Nebraska-hosted luncheon at Husker Harvest Days.
  • Met with four accreditors from the American Commission on Dental Accreditation during their site visit of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs – initial feedback is positive.
  • Gave a tour of the Columbus Science and Technology building to a CCC science alum, working with University Extension, who may partner on future industry-based workshops.
  • Greeted golfers at the annual CCC Foundation Golf Tournament and was pleased to hear positive feedback from our student speaker who attended the annual NPPD golf tournament held as a fundraiser for five community colleges in their region.
  • Attended the Nebraska Recycling Conference where CCC was given an award for our sustainability and recycling efforts.
  • Participated in feasibility interview and feedback from Foundation regarding Auto project.
  • Attended Hall County Joint Public Budget Hearing.
  • Two ADN (nursing) students have yet to test, but so far pass rates are 93% for NCLEX-RN and 100 for NCLEX-PN from last year’s graduates.
  • Grand Island High School and CCC started their new partnership in offering Medical Lab Tech programming for seven early colleges students. Students attend CCC labs on Tuesday or Wednesdays and rest is completed at their high school and online.
  • In September Occupational Therapy Assistant students will be working an elementary school in Hastings, helping build a sensory wall.
  • Six students achieved National Registry Certification in Paramedicine with an additional two retesting this month. Twelve students have entered second year of coursework with eighteen beginning this fall.
  • Exploring Early Childhood Education apprenticeship offerings for paraeducators as part of our federal apprenticeship grant.
  • The Growing Pathways to Stem (Project GPS) grant we received from the National Science Foundation has ended after six years with 46 students benefiting from those scholarships, transfer scholarship support and student research projects.
  • Since July 2023, we have had four GED graduates with strong numbers in multiple classes across our region.
  • Tryouts were completed for the collegewide Esports team with 20 student athletes now accepted on to a team, including our first female team member.
  • Central Community College was the first community college in the state to sign with Opendorse – a Nebraska-based, national company to assist student athletes with name, image and likeness agreements. More to share at the October Board meeting.
  • Counseling and prevention counselor Mallory Swantek joined the Nebraska Counseling Association Board as the co-chair for Region 4/5. This area covers the communities surrounding our Grand Island, Hastings, and Holdrege locations. Mallory will serve for two years in this role. Director Luz Colon-Rodriguez joined the Nebraska Collegiate Prevention Alliance (NECPA) Advisory Board in August. NECPA works collaboratively to develop strategies for reducing and preventing high-risk drinking and substance use among Nebraska college students. On September 29, Central Community College will host the Nebraska Counseling Association Fall Conference on Rural Mental Health.
  • Over $600,000 was received from Nebraska Economic Development for CCC’s share of the Nebraska Legislative allocation for Nebraska Career Scholarships for awards up to $15,000 over three years for students going into high demand careers.
  • Many welcome back activities, Central Kickoff and student engagement events occurred on each of the campuses since the start of school with college-wide enrollment showing an increase from fall 2022.
  • The Academic Success Center in Columbus has a total of 11 tutors and supplemental instruction leaders and two writing coaches, including five new student tutors hired since last fall. Nursing supplemental instruction sessions are also available to provide support.
  • The VP and Retention Team is meeting monthly to continue the development and implementation of Success Scoring Plans – as well as the academic recovery interventions being planned for High-Risk Students and/or Academic Probation students. The Academic Recovery Taskforce has been meeting to finalize recommendations for changes to our Academic Probation processes at CCC.
  • The Third Annual Winter Commencement will be held on Friday, December 15, at the Columbus Campus at 2 p.m.

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 AERNI, SECONDED BY DAVIS to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Buss – aye
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 2:12 p.m.

September 21, 2023, Budget Hearing

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Budget Hearing Minutes
September 21, 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 located in the college president’s office.

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

Chair Rita Skiles called the September 21, 2023, budget hearing to order at 11 a.m., with 10 board members present. She asked for a roll call.

ROLL CALL

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

Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller if they wanted to address the board during the public participation segment. No one registered.

Joel King presented the 2023-24 budget to the board and answered board members’ questions. The budget documents are available at: https://meeting.sparqdata.com/Public/Organization/CCC.

ADJOURNMENT

Skiles requested a motion to adjourn.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY DAVIS to adjourn.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Skiles declared the budget hearing adjourned at 11:49 a.m.

October 19, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
October 19, 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 at Central Community College, 4500 63rd St., Columbus, Nebraska.

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

Chair Rita Skiles called the Oct. 19, 2023, meeting to order at 1:15 p.m., with 10 board members present.

ROLL CALL

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

Public Participation

Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Dan Quick will review the claims prior to the Nov. 16, 2023, board meeting in Grand Island.

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 Oct. 19, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the Sept. 21, 2023, Board of Governors meeting and budget hearing.
  3. Claims for the period from 1 through Sept. 30, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of Sept. 30, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Fine and Performing Arts Program Concert Piano, Columbus: The College President recommends the search and purchase of a concert grand piano in an amount not to exceed $30,000.
  6. Personnel: None
  7. Policies and Procedures Updates:
    Name, Image and Likeness Policy: This policy has been developed in compliance with the Nebraska Fair Pay to Play Act that allows student-athletes to receive compensation for the use of their name, image, or likeness (NIL) in non-institutional activities.
    Purchasing Policy: The following changes were made: Any contract for services, lease purchase, item, or group of items that have an actual cost greater than $21,000.00 30,000.00 shall require Board approval before purchase. A list of purchases with a cost between $10,000.00 and $21,000.00 30,000.00 shall be included within the information presented to the Board at each scheduled monthly Board meeting.
  8. Salama Stove MOU: The Central Community College Board of Governors authorizes the College President to sign the Memorandum of Understanding by and between Global Partners in Hope and Central Community College with regards to Salama Stoves.

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

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Amy Mancini, dean of academic education, spoke about how the campus is handling generative Artificial Intelligence. An AI learning opportunity was held over the summer for faculty members. Schools from across the state were invited to share what they’re doing to determine what is and isn’t generated by AI. Sharing their experiences with AI were Tod Heier, associate dean of academic education; Kim Saum, resource center assistant; Sean McDonald, speech instructor, and Fran Wright, a student from England.

Athletic director Mary Young talked about suicide prevention activities. One of these included all CCC athletes wearing the same purple practice T-shirt. It had the Raiders logo on the front and the words, “I am Enough” on the back, with arcs above and below featuring such words as “powerful,” “loved,” “smart” and “brave.” In addition to the athletes, 250 people in the community bought the T-shirt. The proceeds will be used for Raider Athletics mental health programming.

Campus President Dr. Kathy Fuchser complimented Yara Ramos Hernandez for her design flair with the annual report. She also said that 90 events held since January drew 15,848 people to the campus.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

First Responder Recommendation

An expansion of a Nebraska law will now allow law enforcement personnel with the authority to arrest to take any classes related to law enforcement tuition-free at the state’s community colleges, state colleges and university. The law previously had only covered paid firefighters. The tuition break only kicks in after federal and state scholarships, grants and/or programs have been applied. The new law also allows legal dependents to enroll tuition free, in any major, if they commit to living in Nebraska upon graduation.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to authorize the College President to adopt or modify the presented recommendations in Central Community College’s implementation of Nebraska Statute 85‐2601 regarding the First Responder Recruitment and Retention Act.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Buss – aye
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

Abie Ott, director of educational planning, gave an overview of how the college assesses its student learning.  She said CCC uses the information gained from assessment to improve

student learning. Assessment covers general areas such as communication, critical thinking and problem solving, life and career skills, information and technology literacy, and global awareness. Program-specific skills also may be assessed.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • Attended several meetings this past month with InternNE (powered by Aksarben) representatives as they branch out to encourage more internships and apprenticeships with businesses across the state.
  • Attended a successful Early College coordinator meeting in Hastings where our area guidance counselors are brought in for updates and information about CCC.
  • The exit meeting of the financial audit was positive with a full report to be presented to the CCC Board at the November meeting.
  • Participated in the NCCA Board meeting regarding legislative priorities for next year. Rita Skiles, Dan Quick and Diane Keller were also in attendance. Rita participated in executive committee meetings the rest of the day as NCCA’s vice president.
  • Participated in annual report meeting at the Suzanne & Walter Scott Jr. Foundation in Omaha where Brett Wells, Alison Feeney, Chris Waddle and I shared successes and opportunities of the first 10 months of the Scott Scholars program at CCC-Hastings.
  • Participated in State Chamber of Commerce legislative policy committees for Economic Development and Manufacturing. Served as secretary of the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council meeting held at Behlen Mfg. in Columbus.
  • Met with Kate Bolz, administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nebraska office, regarding possible grants to support our expansion of services to additional rural communities within our service area.
  • Followed up with MOU discussions with the new Schnase 1906 District in Hastings to promote more entrepreneurship programming and support for small businesses.
  • Participated in strategic planning meeting for the Heartland United Way, serving Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick counties.
  • Attended the Nebraska Chamber’s Manufacturing Summit for updates on manufacturing in Nebraska and where the “Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska” was announced – Rocket Mobility (all1terrain wheelchair) made in Columbus.
  • Participated as treasurer of the Postsecondary International Network (PIN) executive committee meeting regarding executive director retirement and upcoming summit in 2024.
  • Representatives for NTI (Nebraska Transfer Initiative) course revisions have been selected. Faculty will meet in January in Grand Island to update courses.
  • A new paraeducator certificate will be presented at the October Ed Services meeting. This certificate will qualify individuals to work as a Title I, SPED, or Early Childhood para in Nebraska School Districts.
  • Area Entrepreneurship events include Big Idea Grand Island on Nov.6 at Kinkaider Brewing Company, Big Idea Hastings on Nov. 7 at The Lark and Big Idea Columbus on Nov. 9 at the Columbus Innovation Center.
  • CCC-Hastings hosted 75 members of the Nebraska Counseling Association for its fall conference.
  • CCC-Columbus commemorated Suicide Awareness Month with a variety of activities that included the first Raider Awareness Walk hosted by the Athletics Office on October 3 and culminated with participation in the Columbus Out of Darkness walk on October 7.
  • TRIO students visited a pumpkin patch as one of their career trips, observing behind-the-scenes operation of a self-owned business as well as some agricultural education elements. Several of the students had never been to a pumpkin patch or farm before.
  • Barry Horner was recently presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserves or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member may nominate supervisors and bosses for supporting the service member and his or her family through flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and other measures.
  • The Columbus admissions office will be hosted the Latino Youth Leadership Summit on October 17 with around 600 students attending.
  • Kazia Marques, Grand Island director of student engagement, recently spoke at the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She joined Ben Newton to speak about student engagement related to Earth Month activities on all three campuses and at the Kearney Center.
  • Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead will take place on the Grand Island Campus on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In 2022, over 500 people attended this cultural event, which is organized by the Grand Island Campus Multicultural Resource Center.
  • The Kearney Center recently held a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration event. Over 100 Kearney Center students attended the event.
  • Central Visit Days have started and are in full swing. The Hastings Campus admissions office hosted 90 sophomores from Grand Island Northwest High School for a tour of the Hastings Campus.
  • The Early College and admissions offices hosted the Fall Coordinators Meeting on the Hastings Campus. High School representatives (counselors, principals, and staff) learned about updates at CCC and toured programs.
  • CCC staff met with representatives from the University of Nebraska at Kearney to review our housing partnership. Both UNK and CCC are pleased with the shared partnership, and we had our highest number of applications (15) thus far for the fall semester.
  • CCC has hired two full-time nursing directors – one in Columbus and one in Kearney – to help faculty and the dean in curriculum and simulation lab updates and coordination. This also will be helpful in preparing for the ACEAN accreditation visits this spring.
  • Informal meetings by the nursing dean with first-year students will be Oct. 4 (Columbus), Oct. 18 (Kearney) and Oct. 25 (Grand Island). These meetings give students to answer questions and discuss concerns.
  • The Health Expo was held on Sept. 20 in Grand Island with 94 students attending from 12 different area schools to learn more about our health science programs, nursing, nursing and medication assistants.
  • Five Medical Lab Technician students will graduate in December. These are the first students that CCC was able to “accelerate” through the program by offering all courses in spring and fall rather than one semester or the other.
  • The Third Annual Winter Commencement will be Dec. 15 at the Columbus Campus at 2 p.m.

Board member John Novotny gave a short report on the ACCT Leadership Congress Oct. 8-12 in Las Vegas. He attended sessions on community colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree; rehearsals for a ransomware attack; diversity, equity and inclusion; and daycare on campus.

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

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:43 p.m.

November 16, 2023

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of Governors’ Meeting Minutes
November 16, 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 the Administration Office Board Room 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 Rita Skiles called the Nov. 16, 2023, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 11 board members present.

ROLL CALL

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Linda Aerni will review the claims prior to the Jan. 18, 2024, board meeting in Grand Island.

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 Nov. 16, 2023.
  2. Minutes of the Oct. 19, 2023, Board of Governors meeting and budget hearing.
  3. Claims for the period from 1 through Oct. 31, 2023.
  4. Financial report as of Oct. 31, 2023.
  5. Purchases:
    Prefabricated Data Building, Hastings: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from B & T service station contractors for $509,257.00 to provide all labor and material to install a prefabricated data building on the Hastings Campus.
    Board Approval of Grant Fund Usage, $30,000 and Over: The College President recommends approval of equipment purchased for grants CCC has received.
  6. Personnel: None
  7. Policies and Procedures Updates: Student Policies and Instructional Policies and Procedures
  8. Claims Reviewers for 2024

MOVED BY QUICK, 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
Buss – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Quick – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Amy Mancini, dean of academic education, gave a report on the arts, sciences and business division. She shared the following highlights:

  • The division’s mission is to nurture a collaborative and inclusive educational community through building trust, seeking and providing opportunities, and clearly communicating.
  • In 2022-23, division graduates earned 300 degrees, 155 diplomas and 297 certificates, making up 60% of the college's FTE, 43% of the college's degrees and 27% of the college's awards.
  • The substitute certification course continues to be in high demand, with at least three sections offered each month. The course was first offered in the fall of 2020 in response to the substitute teacher crisis. It is offered in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education and local school districts. Total enrollment is 2,212, with 372 enrolled this semester.
  • The division is working on a paraeducator certificate, which would be offered in partnership with ESUs, school districts, Nebraska Department of Education and Project Para. Individuals completing the 12-credit certificate would qualify for three specialized para positions. The certificate also would ladder into an AAS degree in early childhood education or an AA degree for education. It will fully transfer to partner institutions.
  • The division also is working on a business program redesign to meet the needs of today’s students and employers.

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, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the business-type activities of Central Community College Area, as of June 30, 2023 and 2022, and the respective changes in financial position and cash flows thereof for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”

MOVED BY DAVIS SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve the audit report.

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

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Authorization for College President to Approve Actions in December 2023

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 NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY DAVIS to authorize the College President to approve actions during December 2023.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Buss – aye
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

Brian McDermott, college effectiveness research director, gave a report on enrollment trends during the 2022-23 academic year. He shared details about student headcount by program type; student educational goals, gender and age of credit students; and the educational levels, languages and countries of origin of adult education students.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall reported the following:

  • Military Times magazine published its 2023 results of Best for Vets schools. Central Community College was ranked #1 among all two-year colleges, #4 in the Central Region and #27 among all two-year and four-year colleges nationwide.
  • Thanks for those of you who attended the Nebraska Community College Association annual meeting in North Platte this month. Good presentations and meetings were held, and we were happy to honor CCC-Kearney chemistry instructor Dr. Yunteng He as CCC’s 2023 Outstanding Faculty Member and Ross and Karen Pesak as CCC’s Outstanding Alumni.
  • There are 370 students eligible for graduation for the 2023 Winter Commencement Ceremony. In 2022, there were 346 eligible graduates, and in 2021, there were 336 eligible graduates. Dr. Kellie Picket, vice president of college access and success from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.
  • Participated in the Phelps County Economic Development annual meeting to learn more about its initiatives.
  • This week, CCC was the lead host of the first statewide apprenticeship conference. The goal was for 100 participants but ended up with over 250! The governor gave a welcome and company employers and apprentices talked about the advantage of this work-based learning experience. Two national speakers presented and included community college attendees from all six Nebraska community colleges, tribal college, a Kansas and Virginia community college.
  • Attended the CCC Foundation Board meeting with a significant outcome being their support to assist with a capital campaign for the Hastings Transportation Training Center.
  • Hosted my quarterly President’s Quality Action Council meeting with representatives from students, faculty, staff and administrators from across the area. Also hosted Grand Island/Administrative Office, Hastings and Columbus open forums this semester. Will add Kearney to the mix in the spring.
  • Attended Heartland United Way meetings, First National Bank Open House, Grand Island Chamber Childcare Focus Group, and a CCC volleyball game.
  • At just 13 years old, Chance Rohda, a freshman at East Butler High School, achieved a perfect score on his ACT. CCC-Columbus has been part of his journey since 2019 when, at the age of 9, he attended the Central Honors Institute (CHI) Academic Camp. At the time, an exception was made to accommodate Chance at camp, given the fact he was significantly younger in age than the other incoming seventh and eighth graders. Extraordinarily gifted, Chance returned to CHI Camp in 2022 as an incoming eighth grader. His story is a testament to the impact of early educational opportunities and the remarkable achievements that can result.
  • Kearney’s 27th Annual Career Exploration Day was held on Oct. 18. This year, 63 businesses and roughly 500 students (traveling from as far as Valentine) were in attendance. This was a great event for CCC to showcase several of its programs.
  • Upcoming Community and Workforce Education Training and Workshops include the Leadership Development Series in Hastings, Nov. 8; National Electrical Code Review in Columbus, Nov. 16; Microsoft Excel training in Grand Island, Nov. 21; 8-Hour Hazmat training in Columbus, Nov. 29; Industrial Maintenance Series in Lexington, Dec. 19; and Six Sigma training in Columbus, Jan. 24. There is also ongoing entry-level truck driver training and Google certificates.
  • Craig Potthast, industrial coordinator/trainer, has been named RJG’s Qualified Trainer of the Year.
  • Doug Pauley, associate dean of workforce development, attended the National Career Pathways Network Conference in Charlotte on Nov. 8-10. He presented on the iMEC project for high school students.
  • CCC-Kearney received the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Statement of Support.
  • CCC-Holdrege was included in an article in the Phelps County Development Corporation’s (PCDC) Fall Business Journal, highlighting our new Early College, early-morning nursing assistant class.
  • A CCC-Kearney student, Akikin Pungupung, was interviewed for a Veterans Day article for the Kearney Hub. The articled shared his challenges with returning to civilian life and how CCC helped him in the transition.
  • In a guest article in the Kearney Hub on Nov. 14, Kearney Public Schools Superintendent Jason Mundorf, recognized CCC and other community partners behind the school district’s successful support of students.
  • Mallory Swantek, LIMHP, is now an ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider. This means that she has completed a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education, with 24 hours specific to ADHD assessment and treatment topics; three hours specific to psychopharmacology and three hours specific to managing ADHD in an educational setting.
  • Counseling Director Luz Colon-Rodriguez was selected as one of 20 licensed mental health providers across the Midwest Region to participate in the Decolonizing Supervision and Training Conference in Omaha, sponsored by the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. As part of this cohort, she will be able to access ongoing consultation, professional development and support for the continued development of mental health and prevention services at CCC.
  • First Responder Act implementation has been approved by the board. Information on how students apply has been sent to those that had previously requested information. We have had two legal dependents complete the full process and receive the tuition waiver.
  • Four financial aid team members attended the RMASFAA (regional financial aid association) conference at the beginning of October. During this conference Jordan Eisenmenger from CCC-Kearney, was the recipient of the Oscar R. "Jack" Hendrix Award. This is equivalent to the Rookie of the Year Award.
  • A Tipsy Tuesday event was hosted by Student Activities and Counseling and Prevention Education.
  • CCC-Hastings Career and Employment Services Director Andrea Hays coordinated a Career Day on Oct. 11, and the participation was record-breaking. There were 90 employers and a total of 248 students who attended this event.
  • Residence Life helped organize the most recent LeapFrog Village event, a Halloween-themed evening for children on the Hastings Campus on Oct. 26. Over 200 people attended for a wonderful meal and several activities in the gym. Over 30 CCC student volunteers from the HMRM program event management class and early childhood education classes and resident assistants helped with setup, assisted children with activities and maintained a safe and fun environment throughout the event.
  • The occupational therapy assistant, pharmacy technician, medical lab technician, medical assisting and paramedicine programs provided 67 Lexington and Harvard students with hands-on activities on Oct. 30.
  • Students from the 2023 graduating class who took the Dental Assisting National Board examination have passed and are now Certified Dental Assistants. Several students in the current group are working part-time in dental offices.
  • Vanessa Crookshank, adjunct dental hygiene instructor, was one of the speakers for the Nebraska Dental Hygienists’ Association virtual fall conference on Oct. 6. Her presentation was “From Confusion to Compliance: Understanding Dental Unit Waterline Safety.”

The following reports were also submitted for board review:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Purchasing Report

INFORMATION

Dr. Gotschall asked board members to consider serving as treasurer or as an alternate Nebraska Community College Association representative for 2024.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

ADJOURNMENT

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 2:11 p.m.