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HCC Trustees Approve Tuition Increase for Fall 2009

FREEPORT � The Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of $8.00 per credit hour at their regular March meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. The change is effective for the fall 2009 semester when tuition will be $84.00 per credit hour.

Highland�s Trustees have historically kept tuition and fees at or near the Illinois state average. Highland�s current tuition and fees combine for a total of $83 per credit hour and the current state average is $84. Highland officials are estimating that the newly adopted 2009-10 tuition rate will be within the state average based on information gathered from other institutions. funny christmas pictures

Community colleges were founded on a funding model of 33% state support, 33% local tax support, and 33% tuition. As state funding continues to decline, the College must rely more heavily on local taxes and tuition. This year, the budget was made up of 46% local tax support, 22% state funding, 28% student tuition and fees, and 4% other support (federal grants and Foundation support).

Highland President Joe Kanosky says that the Trustees, administration and Illinois Community College Board continue to bring this funding trend to the attention of state legislators and that the community also needs to understand the funding situation. �We continue to be deeply concerned about the state funding trend, and we understand that the burden is placed more heavily on tax and tuition support. We think it is important that we share this information with our communities,� said Kanosky. funny pictures

Highland Trustees also authorized the acceptance of a low bid for the installation of a campus-wide public address and intercom system from ProCom Systems of Rockford. Part of the College�s plan to enhance the emergency response capabilities, the sophisticated system will include speakers and call boxes throughout campus allowing two-way communication and location information of activated call boxes. �It is expected that the system will greatly enhance campus-wide communication in the unlikely event of an emergency,� according to Vice President of Administrative Services, Jill Janssen. A federal Grant will fund a portion of the project.

Architect Scott Johnson of R.L. Johnson Associates, Ltd. gave a brief report on the final construction of the Wind Turbine Technician Training Center and Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing. He reported that projects are moving along as planned and are nearing completion. Dedication ceremonies are being planned for both facilities. The Nursing Wing dedication will be held May 6, 2009, and the Wind Tech ceremony will take place on June 3, 2009. The public is invited to both ceremonies. funny images

In other business, Trustees approved:

�the submission of a letter to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) for HCC Trustee Diane Gallagher, supporting her appointment to the position of Illinois State Coordinator for ACCT.

�the renewal of a shelter agreement with the Northwest Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross. The agreement, begun in 1997, allows the Red Cross to utilize several campus facilities in the event of a disaster in the region.

�an application to the ICCB for a Protection, Health and Safety project for the installation of a new boiler system in building H was approved. The single gas-fired boiler, with no backup, installed when the facility was built in 1992 failed several times this past winter. It will be replaced by three new modular boiler units providing increased efficiency and redundancy. funny photos

�the increase of a number of course and miscellaneous fees. The new fee levels are required to offset increased costs of course supplies and or service costs.

Following a closed session, Trustees announced that due to the elimination of an ICCB Workforce Development grant and Department of Commerce and Economic Development grant shared with Sauk Valley Community College and Illinois Valley Community College, the position of Small Business Development Center counselor will be eliminated. The position will continue through June 30th.

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