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HCC Trustees Begin Process of Technology Upgrades
6/16/2010

FREEPORT During their regularly scheduled June board meeting, Highland Community College Trustees moved forward in a process to fund $1.75 million in technology and infrastructure upgrades by issuing debt certificates. The College intends to hold the funds in an account until they complete the process of borrowing the money to complete the projects. The College will then repay the loan with a bond sale and levy the money in the bond and interest fund. Highland officials have pointed out that the College is planning carefully to ensure that the tax rate remains unchanged.

We have an opportunity to decrease the tax rate in our special funds such as the protection, health, and safety fund because we have completed a number of safety and energy efficiency-related projects. That decrease, along with a tapering off of existing bonds, will allow us to make the needed technology and infrastructure purchases without increasing the overall tax rate, said Vice President of Administrative Services Jill Janssen.

The funds raised from the sale of the bonds will be used to maintain needed technology levels required for student computer labs and to pay for server replacement, audio-visual equipment and other instructional tools such as lab equipment and software. The College has a computer replacement plan in place. However, due to state and other funding cuts, it has not been able to fully fund the plan through its operational budget. Currently, more than half of the Colleges computers are more than four years old, and without any replacement in the next two years, more than 90% of the desktop computers on campus will be more than five years old.

In other business, Trustees approved:

-the appointment of Alan OKeefe as full-time physics instructor beginning this fall.

-a new job description for Coordinator, Medical Assistant Program. This position is required in order for the college to maintain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

-the annual course and curriculum changes presented by the Curriculum and Instruction committee. New programs including the Emergency Medical Technician degree, the Associate of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education, Automotive Service level I and II certificates and the Customer Service certificate.

-set health insurance rates for employees.

-a one-year agreement with FHN Family Counseling Services to continue to provide student mental health assessments, consultation and training.

-a three-year lease agreement with the YMCA of Northwest Illinois and Freeport School District #145 to jointly maintain the campus service road.

-a one-year lease agreement with University of Illinois Extension for the use of space in the the Community Service Center.

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