Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:04
Canady, Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran,
(Trustee Rasmusson arrived at 6:54 p.m.)
Chair Jeffries stated that a request
from MAHE was forwarded to the Board, which stated that they have
a contractual right to respond to any recommendations that the
President may make regarding faculty positions.
At this point MAHE has not had the opportunity to present
any recommendations and MAHE will be asked to respond in writing
on or before noon on Friday, March 16.
Therefore, the Board would be voting only on the Aviation
program review recommendations because faculty positions are not
affected. The Board will consider the remaining program review
recommendations on Monday, March 19.
Additions/Deletions to the Agenda
The Board agreed to add under Limited
Public Comment a MAHE presentation for seven minutes.
The Board agreed to move after Public
Comment agenda item, Program Review Recommendations.
Comment Regarding Agenda Items
Report Program Review Recommendations ?
President Paula D. Cunningham
President Cunningham thanked those who
spoke at the February 19 Board meeting.
She thanked the Board for patiently sitting for six hours
and listening to everyone?s comments, and the community members
for their involvement in the process.
President Cunningham stated that in June
2000, the Board of Trustees adopted a business plan.
They unanimously adopted the strategic plan that involved
internal and external constituencies.
As a result of the plan, the community identified five
areas of growth, which include math, automotive related areas,
health care, developmental reading and writing, and financial
addition, the plan called for a review of all programs.
The College is in the process of reviewing support services
in areas such as Athletics, library services, counseling services,
and tutorial services.
President Cunningham stated that since
October 2000, $1 million has been cut in administrative costs and
two full-time administrative positions have already been
eliminated. All of
the service areas have been charged to cut their budget by 10 to
12 percent in the next year.
These additional dollars will be allocated to the five
growing areas that were previously mentioned.
She said that although program review is
not new to Lansing Community College, there is a history at the
College of not taking program review very seriously.
That perception has changed.
She stated that many ideas that will be presented tonight
have been offered to programs previously.
She also noted that last year more than 1,000 students were
served that needed developmental reading and more could have been
served. Over 5,000
students were served in the area of developmental math and more
could have been served. Virtual College doubled in size this year
and 60 online courses have been developed and this number will
increase to 100 courses over the next year.
In the summer of 2000, 1% of LCC students used the Internet
to register. In
spring of 2001, 40% of LCC students registered online. From the Nursing Program, 126 students graduated and both
Sparrow Hospital and Ingham Medical have stated that if 100 more
nursing students graduated today they would hire all of them.
In addition, the College is facing issues of faculty equity
and a 147-year old building that will cost over $5 million to
maintain over the next 10 years.
Also, the College is facing the issue of the Capitol Outlay
project of $52 million. If
it is successful in getting funded by the State, the College would
have to provide half of that in terms of matching funds.
Following a public forum on February 9, a team of
administrators (who hadn?t worked on program review previously)
was formed to conduct a due diligence process for each program.
President Cunningham asked the due
diligence team to present their findings for each program.
She said the recommendation for the Court Reporting program
is to suspend the Court Reporting Associate Degree Program and
explore the feasibility of offering a one-year realtime reporting
certificate program. President Cunningham asked Ms. Nancy Lombardi to report her
Lombardi reported the findings of the due diligence team that was
assigned the Court Reporting associate degree program.
She stated that court reporting and realtime reporting or
captioning are two separate occupations. Although the Court
Reporting Association states that only court reporters can do
realtime reporting, that is not true. She said that anyone who
knows how to use a stenographic machine effectively can do
realtime reporting or captioning, the question is about skill
sets. Therefore, the two issues -- court reporting and realtime
reporting or captioning -- were separated and the team looked at
the skill sets required for these occupations.
To become a certified court reporter, the student has to
demonstrate much higher levels of speed and accuracy than a
realtime reporter, as well as demonstrate knowledge of law and
court procedures, which is not required for realtime reporting or
addition, she stated that there is no legal requirement that
someone must be a court reporter to do realtime reporting or
Lombardi said that the two-year court reporting degree program is
very difficult to complete, requiring seven full-time semesters.
And, although it has been stated that 100% of the program's
graduates were placed, the program had only six graduates in the
last two years. It
has been stated that it is a certified Court Reporting program and
it is not. The program is a National Court Reporting Association (NCRA)
approved program. It
does not graduate certified court reporters and the program could
not provide any data on the number of graduates who have taken the
court reporter test and passed it.
Therefore, the team is recommending the associate degree
program be discontinued and the division explore the feasibility
of offering a shorter realtime reporting certificate program.
Lombardi addressed the issue of a $1 million grant and allegations
that the College may lose the opportunity for this grant if the
court reporting associate degree program is discontinued.
However, there is no grant.
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is
currently lobbying Congress to provide funding to support the
Telecommunication Act of 1996, an unfunded federal mandate; there
is currently no bills before Congress to fund the Act or support
court reporting programs. The
College will continue to pay dues to maintain the NCRA approval
during the transition period.
President Cunningham stated that Ms.
Lombardi had been in contact with many people from the NCRA and
feels very comfortable with the accuracy of the information and
President Cunningham then asked Ms. Pam
Bergeron to speak on behalf of the recommendation for the Dental
Assistant program. The
recommendation is to suspend the program, but maintain its
Bergeron reported that in a letter from President Cunningham dated
2/22/01 to The Michigan Dental Association liaison, Mr. Kris
Nicholoff, recommendations for partnering were outlined that would
enable LCC to continue to provide training for the Dental
Assistant Program. The 4/27/01 response from Central District
Dental Society (CDDS) stated CDDS would not contribute the
suggested 94,000.00 to cover operating shortfalls in the Dental
Assisting Program. However,
this crisis has made them keenly aware of the need for a strategy
to solve the problems of recruitment, and retention of an
adequately trained workforce.
Their research and ensuing discussions the weeks following
the receipt of President Cunningham?s letter did help the
Society understand the "hard economic and social realities of
technical education." They
agreed with the statement made by President Cunningham at their
February 13 meeting, "it's not quite as simple as writing a
check? Ms. Bergeron stated it is gratifying to realize that
Central District Dental Society is taking an active part in
solving this problem and that they are going to invest their time
and money developing a strategy to recruit, retain and train
dental personnel on a state wide basis.
They added in their letter, ?It is the rare crisis that
does not provide an opportunity.
As a Board, we have been aware of the growing problem in
personnel hiring, training an retention.
We have naively waited for others to solve our problem. By being involved in the program closures at LCC over the
past three weeks, it is now clear that there is not ?they,?
there is only ?we.? Recognition that LCC cannot solve our
personnel supply problem has moved us toward addressing the real
underlying problems with recruitment, training, and
thanked President Cunningham and the LCC Board of Trustees for
their time and patience in educating them about the realities of
the education business. They
stated that the Board has a difficult task in balancing the
educational wants and needs for a diverse community.
They are very interested in partnering with LCC in the
future. To that end, the College will extend the Dental Assistant
Program accreditation for at least two years in the hopes the
College will be at the table with them looking at how we can
continue to provide dental assisting education in new cost
effective ways in service to our community.
Bergeron stated she was grateful for all the dental assistant
program had done in our community and that the program is leaving
with the same integrity and reputation that it has maintained for
the past 30 years. She
said that she is very proud to have been a teacher in that program
for 18 years. She is
most proud of her colleagues, Vicki Spincich, Eileen Dean, Ann
Berardo, Sherry Kohlmann, Sharon Neal, and all of the other
professionals that have had such an impact, and for the leadership
of Brenda Brown and Sally Deck in the past.
President Cunningham asked Mr. Tony
Juliano to report on the Quality Assurance program.
The recommendation is to discontinue the Quality Assurance
associate degree program and integrate the current courses into
the BCI for certification.
Mr. Juliano stated that the team
reviewed the recommendation and looked at quality as a discipline.
They talked to employers and to a quality manager.
Quality control-related jobs and knowledge of quality are
increasing. As the
program continues to grow there may be a greater increase in
Quality and the need for quality programs.
In the same token, the kind of feedback the team received
continues to indicate that employers are valuing experience rather
than an associate degree in Quality Assurance and they're
looking for the high-tech quality engineer or inspector with a
bachelor?s or a master?s to work in high executive quality
management positions. Mr.
Juliano said that at LCC, quality assurance training is handled in
three different ways. The
Capital Quality Initiative (CQI) conducts monthly lectures,
programs, and presentations and reaches out to all the community
at the academic level. The
Business and Community Institute gave 200 quality-related classes
last year with 1,600 students enrolled.
The Quality Assurance academic program continues to have
small numbers of enrollments and in the last five years, the
program has graduated 20 students.
The recommendation is to discontinue the Quality Assurance
Associate Degree Program and integrate the credit program in the
academic area for the classes that are well attended into the BCI
President Cunningham asked Mr. Juliano
to also speak for the Medical Assistant program as he was part of
that team as well. The
recommendation is to suspend the program.
Mr. Juliano stated that medical
assistants usually take one or two paths, which can be an
administrative path or a clinical path.
In terms of access, the American Association of Medical
Assistants (AAMA) can certify someone as a medical assistant, but
it is not a Michigan requirement that someone become certified.
In addition, there is an alternative in the community that
provides a training program, which is Ross Medical.
President Cunningham asked Mr. Ray
Turner to speak for the Dance Program.
She said that there has been miscommunication about the
Dance Program. It was
never the intention to eliminate all dance classes.
The recommendation is to eliminate the Dance Program
Associate Degree, but it is believed that there is a viable
alternative for the more serious dance student to maintain the
quality in dance.
stated that Ms. Lombardi and he met with a number of people to
discuss the future of dance at LCC in light of the recommendation.
They looked at a couple of critical factors that they
believed weighed heavily in favor of maintaining a viable presence
for Dance at the College. He
said that the cultural contribution that dance makes to the
community and to the College is very significant.
There was an assessment completed of access and in terms of
access to college level dance education in the central Michigan
area there is very little access.
He said that the team concluded that the program and the
College need a high quality presence for Dance at the College.
The degree itself was not the first and foremost interest
for dancers coming to LCC, but maintaining that high quality
presence was. The
team developed a plan and asked Ms. Missy Bischoff to discuss it.
The recommendation is to maintain a foundation level of
dance classes in all four of the major disciplines, increase
course fees, and critically establish partnerships with local,
professional dance companies for students to work with.
Bischoff stated what will be different is the associate degree
will eliminated and instead there will be professional internships
established with two professional dance companies in the area.
There will be 2 to 12 credits required for the completion
of the internship. She
said that the College would maintain 10 course offerings per
semester, which will include two levels of technique classes,
which will hopefully feed into the internship.
There will be one LCC-sponsored main stage production per
year instead of two. In
addition, one concert per year will be added that will be produced
and presented by the partner dance company.
She mentioned that Ms. Diane Newman, the founder and
executive director of HappenDance--which is one of the dance
companies that agreed to partner in this way--may stop by to
discuss the terms of the internship, but had not arrived yet.
Ms. Bischoff continued to explain the terms of the
internship, which are that the interns would enroll for credit at
LCC and pay the appropriate fees and tuition.
The companies would provide them with advance technique
training, teaching methods, performance opportunities, and
administrative experience. Admittance to the internship would
require a rigorous audition and interview with the companies. It would be a one-year commitment.
stated that with the combination of maintaining the core level of
courses that dancers need and having a place where they can go to
further their training and experience at a professional level is a
very creative solution to maintaining quality dance offerings at
President Cunningham asked Mr. Glenn
Cerny to address the Aviation Program.
Mr. Cerny stated that the team worked
with the Aviation administration and the advisory board.
The original recommendation was to cancel both programs.
The team reviewed the programs separately.
He said that they looked at the airplane power plant
maintenance, avionics and mechanics. They found that the MESA (Michigan Economic Securities
Agency) data noted that there were limited opportunities. However, when local employers were reviewed such as
AeroGenesis and United Air Express, they had expressed an urgent
need for aircraft mechanics.
They are going to need 40 to 60 aircraft mechanics a year.
Therefore, the data changed dramatically.
Mr. Cerny said that the other component
that the team reviewed was the program?s actual finances.
The team did not have a good understanding of the market
rates of what the College was charging and the College is charging
under the market. The
rates were brought back up to the market.
Another component reviewed was partnerships.
The key factor in that equation was AeroGenesis.
He asked Mr. Armando Cardenas to discuss the partnership
regarding the internship, scholarships and tuition reimbursement.
Mr. Cardenas thanked the President and
stated that it was a pleasure working with her staff.
He said that AeroGenesis is very excited in working with
the College and the program.
There will be a scholarship fund established.
A subsidy will also be created for students to participate
in the internship program.
Mr. Cerny stated that United Air Express
also voiced an interest in the program.
United Air Express will be working with Aviation to find
ways to establish a partnership in terms of scholarship needs for
students. He said
that there is a nationwide shortage of airframe and power plant
certified avionics individuals beginning wages for local jobs are
$13 to $15 an hour. Over
a two-year period, it can get up to $23. The other component is
that the skill levels can be translated out of the aviation area.
The recommendation changed for the aforementioned reasons.
President Cunningham stated that this
could not have been accomplished without the efforts of Mr. Cerny,
Mr. Whipple, AeroGenesis, and the Aviation Program staff involved.
She stated that Avionics and Maintenance will be a separate
program and Flight will be separated.
She asked Mr. Cerny to address the Flight Program.
Mr. Cerny stated even though flight is
part of the aviation industry it employs a different mix of
people. The one key
component in the flight area is that the rates were approximately
$10,000 below the market rate.
The team realized that the College needed to raise their
rates in an orderly fashion, but very quickly.
Therefore, by fall 2001 the team is recommending the fees
increase significantly to cover the costs in the fuel, insurance,
and all other components that over a 10-year period eroded the
components that were reviewed was the size, in terms of the fleet,
and the target markets for Aviation.
Mr. Cerny stated that the team looked at market rates and
increased the course fees and looked at targeting the personal
interest pilot. The
fleet will be sized down from 10 to 7.
President Cunningham thanked the
community for their partnerships and these have resulted in a
little over a half million dollars.
She said that is what the College means when it can no
longer continue to subsidize on its own.
At the beginning of the process, 10 full-time equated
positions were recommended for elimination prior to business and
industry stepping up to the plate.
Now 5 or 6 full-time equated positions are recommended.
She stated that Ms. Diane Newman, from HappenDance, had
arrived and asked her to make some comments.
Diane Newman - With the elimination of
the dance program we believed high quality dance in our community
would be in danger. We
are talking about an ecology out of balance.
If you threaten a species habitat, its chances of survival
will diminish. When I founded the company in 1976, HappenDance had both MSU
and LCC's dance programs to draw dancers from for its
professional employment. A
very healthy habitat in which we could survive and develop and we
did, but the MSU dance department was eliminated in the 80s so you
can understand my concern about the future of the Dance Program at
LCC and my excitement about the proposal that is before you.
Happendance has managed to find the resources to pay its
dancers for rehearsals and for performances and to raise the money
to produce its shows and has a healthy bottom line.
The biggest threat to our security of late is not the
funding picture that nonprofits are challenged by, but rather
where are we going to find quality, professional dancers to hire.
Our dancers typically live and work in the Lansing
community and raise families here and train here.
I support this new proposal primarily because it offers an
internship program that would allow talented individuals to study
intensively at HappenDance School and with our professional
company based on their experience and ability.
After completing the certification process these
individuals may meet criteria for becoming an employed artist with
are outcomes that serve many.
LCC can place trained dancers in paying jobs and
HappenDance can find and employ quality professionals and the
community-at-large reaps the rewards of artists in its midst.
It is a real creative solution and it is my hope that you,
the Board of Trustees, will find significant merit in the solution
and will decide in favor of continuing the Dance Program here.
Sally Pierce - Well, my remarks are not
completely applicable partly because you listened to me, so thank
you. I sent an email
to these guys at seven o?clock on Sunday night and raised some
contract concerns. And
I still have some contract concerns, but it is good to know I will
have an opportunity to respond to the program revisions.
Let me tell you where I am
still at and what I'm still concerned about.
I was very relieved to hear about Aviation and Avionics.
My first response was ?thank God, you know, Dennis is not
going to have to worry about health care for his family?.
And my second response was ?good, Julie is not going to
have to look for work.? And
my colleagues around me say ?see that's your problem, Sally,
you are always thinking about those individuals instead of the big
picture. I think I
think about both.
I want to say that MAHE is very happy that together faculty
and management were able to find solutions.
We think that should happen more often around here.
But let me tell you what I'm really still concerned
listening to people talk about solutions, wonderful solutions
where classes are still going to be taught.
Perhaps programs are even going to be saved and yet faculty
with many years of experience with the institution are being
called and told ?don't come back in August, your skill set
doesn?t match anymore, we don't need you anymore? and
that's a problem. I'm
being told that cost is an issue and that in two programs,
specifically, even though courses will run in Quality and courses
will run in Dance, that full-time faculty will not be allowed to
fill loads with those courses and that's disturbing to me.
Particularly since there is another piece of my contract
language you should look at in addition to page 41.
Page 41 does not say I have to respond in writing, it says
that I can respond. But
I'll be happy to respond in writing that seems to be the
effective mode for me. I
do teach in the Writing Department, so responding in writing is
not a problem for me.
Another piece of contract language I'm
concerned about, which I brought the contract language for you.
I?d be happy to supply anyone who wants a contract for
the association. There
is a piece of contract language, page 2 in the contract, it says
?the Board agrees it shall not terminate or cause loss of
benefits to any present full-time members of the bargaining unit
solely for the purpose of utilizing part-time or other employees
to perform bargaining unit services? and to me that includes
cost savings. Even though we are all concerned about return on
investment and Glenn taught me what ROI means.
My vocabulary is continually expanding.
It's not just about ROI.
People have been at this institution for many years and
have many skill sets and I would like to see those people use
those skill sets in existing programs if those programs are still
here. People are
finishing degrees so they are going to need certain courses for
degrees while they're finishing degrees and people are going to
be taking courses after that.
So to say to somebody you don't come back in August,
seems premature to me and frankly not acceptable. that's one
I'm really happy that some faculty
members were consulted in Dance and community people were
consulted in Dance about internships, but I'm concerned about
how that fits in the recognition clause, which is on page 1, and
it may fit just fine. I
know there are traditional internships on campus and we don't
make all those people join the union or anything like that.
But on the other hand given the climate I'm in, I hope
you can forgive me for being somewhat suspicious.
What does MAHE want?
MAHE would like for existing faculty full and part time to
have some priority in the job?(???inaudible).
that's not in the contract.
that's not a contractual right.
We don't have a seniority system in the contract.
But it seems to me that after 20 some years in the
institution there might be some moral imperative.
I'm going to call on that because when it is not in the
contract you go to morals. I
think that is what Tom Ferris taught me at one point. And the second thing is we need to talk about commitment to
staffing sections with full-time faculty if full-time faculty are
available. We?d be
happy to explore dual appointments if that's an option so if
there aren?t enough credits in one department to maintain staff
position. A person
would make up credits in another department and we want to be
creative we want to work with you.
And we don't want people teaching what they are not
qualified for at all. That would not be good for students and that would not be
good for education. Our
first concern is quality education.
I had a call at three o?clock
Friday just before I talked to the team that was telling me about
what the recommendations were going to be.
I got a call from a faculty member who told me that her
degrees were not the qualifications anybody needed for people to
teach Dance here at LCC anymore.
That is what she had been told on the phone and that hurt
me. I wasn't
involved in the phone call, so I don't know, but I know that,
I'm sitting here looking going well, you got somebody with a BFA,
MFA, and credentials in teaching Dance and I don't understand
why that wouldn?t be a good thing and as far as I know there
have been no questions raised about the quality of her instruction
or about the quality of her work at LCC. And my thing is, so if it is a misunderstanding and if we
have a miscommunication then let?s work it out and figure out
what is not being communicated well.
I'm very concerned about hearing what
is going on with the Court Reporting program because your numbers
and the numbers that I heard from my colleague don't exactly
match, but I don't like to call anybody a liar and I would
prefer to believe that the truth is probably somewhere in the
middle or somewhere else and I want to get that stuff straight. that's what MAHE wants.
MAHE wants to get it straight, MAHE wants to work with you,
MAHE is not saying you don't have a right to cut programs, of
course you have the right to cut programs, but please don't do
it on the backs of faculty, and please don't ask faculty to take
it in the name of equity and what is necessary to do for the
strategic plan. We
want to do what's right for the strategic plan, but we want to
also do what's right for the individuals here and that's it.
George Carr - I'm on the Aviation
Technology Advisory Committee.
I want to thank the President and the Board of Trustees for
their interest and their personal time in working with the
Aviation program. I
think it speaks highly of all of you for your community
often said that it is easier to criticize than it is to create.
I think after we got over the issue of if the program had
merit, the real work begins with how do you restructure the
program. That is
where a lot of folks put their nose to the grindstone and came up
with what looks to be a very workable program that will benefit
both the College and the community.
Todd Heywood - I think the
recommendations are a nice step forward towards compromise.
I think there are issues that need to be dealt with first
and that is we still have not looked at the entire budget and its
really hard to start making cuts of the product before you cut the
fat. I encourage you
to demand a complete analysis of the budget before you go all the
way through. I would
also remind the three of you that are up for election that there
are 12 people who have already taken packets and that is double
what ran at the last election and it means that people are upset
at what is happening at this college.
Melissa DeMong, President of the
Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters - I can't
refute your graduate numbers, I can shed some light on tracking
the number of people passing the certified shorthand reporters
test that the state puts on.
I can comment on the MESA report and I still think that due
diligence hasn?t been completely followed in that because court
reporters are hired as independent contractors so that doesn?t
show up as a MESA item. There
is a difference between realtime reporters and captioning and
court reporting, but a skill is still a skill.
Students still have to come down here and learn the machine
and that takes time. There
are over 28 million Americans that are considered deaf or hard of
hearing so this becomes a question for what are we doing for them
it is also for the school a question of economics.
We have been fighting for an unfunded federal mandate, but
if it was funded then I wouldn?t have to be here.
So, this federal mandate is for $1 million per year for
five years. I would
encourage you to wait to see what happens with the grant.
John Lakin - It has been about three
weeks since the announcement of the closure of the Aviation
Department as well as the other programs.
We appreciate the hard work that Glenn Cerny, Lee Whipple,
and President Cunningham as well as the aviation faculty and staff
have done in the past three weeks.
All the people involved spent many hours working through
strategies and models to make the Aviation Program a viable part
of the College and the community.
I enjoyed, even thought it has been hard, working through
these problems, which will make our Aviation Program stronger and
more cost effective.
Ron Onufer - Since the story broke about
the draft recommendations you knew you were going to take a hit
from the community. You
took it with grace, yes, you can be my president.
Obviously, I'm a happy guy because the ultimate
recommendation to the Board is coming out in favor of the Aviation
department. I would
hope that if this takes some sort of revisiting of the mission of
the College, feel free to tack on one additional phrase ?and oh,
yes, we teach people to fly.?
Ruby Ivens - I prepared a statement, but
I want to start by thanking the people who are here to listen to
what I have to say. I
want to thank the Board and the President, Tony Juliano and
Barbara Larson for their participation in the due diligence, but I
wanted to also speak for someone that has not been mentioned
tonight. I was
getting ready to come tonight and a student, Erica Flanory, who
was one of my first students right out of high school and asked if
they were really going to cancel the program.
I said ?well, I don't know.?
?Why didn?t they ask us, why didn?t they talk to us
didn?t they keep us informed?
They should have called us and asked what we thought of the
program and what we thought of the future for students.?
And she said, ?I am a customer of this school.? And I
asked her, ?what does an associate degree mean to you??
And she said that it means that, ?I studied enough to
earn a degree that I can be proud of.?
I said, ?how about a certificate? and she said, ?I
might just as well go to another school.?
I believe that there is no need to eliminate the associate
degree for Quality Assurance at this time.
This is a Perkins funded program so we get extra money from
the State for it. It
is only in the past week that the BCI folks and the program folks
have come together to come up with an alternative way of
articulating classes from business and industry to the degree
program. I think that
you can see this in the recommendation, which states, ?integrate
current credit quality courses in BCI training.?
So why eliminate the associates degree at this time?
Let us have a chance to work on it and see before you
discard one of the most attractive features of the program.
Second, the information you have received is far too vague
to pass judgment at this time.
Further, the rationale can be interpreted to support the
associates degree. The
recommendation states in part, ?discontinue the quality
assurance associates degree, integrate?? and it gets pretty
information supplied to support the recommendation is inconsistent
with this recommendation.
Douglas Smith - I am an advocate for
maintaining the Quality Assurance program as it exists.
The concern that I have is towards the delivery of the
knowledge that is required to be able to be a quality
are necessary. There
is no other place where the knowledge can be accessed. The focus of the due diligence committee has been addressing
the training needs of the employers in the community not the
training needs of the students.
Joe Ross, President of Communications
and Research - One of our specialties is workforce development as
well as economic development. In terms of the economy the real
workforce engine that our jobs really come from.
What I'm concerned about in the tri-county area, there
are going to be 10,000 young adults graduating from our high
schools as well as our local colleges.
This happens every year.
On average it's about 10,000 kids. we're losing them at
an incredible rate, when looking at curriculum choice I would
really encourage that we try to find areas of curriculum that are
going to keep these kids in the area.
One such area where jobs are in demand are in computer
engineers, physicians, mechanical engineers as well as accountants
and auditors. In the
next four years, we're projecting that we're going to need
16,000 of these people in our workforce and these are jobs that
will make a minimum of $40,000 with incredible benefits.
I'm glad to see these discussions are taking place and I
think our hope to retain some of our students and try to fill
these jobs in these categories is through LCC because those jobs
and others don't require a four year degree and I think LCC is
the only place we have hope to train those people.
Program Review Recommendations
IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and
supported by Trustee Holden to approve the President's program
review recommendations regarding the Aviation Program.
Trustee Pelleran stated she was pleased
with the process in involving the community.
She complimented the committee and the administration in
continuing to find creative answers to solutions.
Canady, Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran,
IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and
supported by Trustee Holden to approve the President's program
review recommendations regarding the Flight Program.
Trustee Creamer asked if the College
would be selling all of the available inventory that could be sold
without impacting the program.
President Cunningham responded that
there are 10 aircraft now, 1 helicopter and that number will be
reduced to seven that, which will still allow growing the program.
Gayland Tennis responded that the
College would be selling everything other than the seven aircraft
that will be used for flying.
Trustee Creamer stated that a number of
people spoke about the greatest opportunity to build revenues was
not only raising fees, but also being more creative with the
available flight hours.
President Cunningham stated that the
flight hours would be increased from five days to six days, which
will increase the hours.
Mr. Lakin stated that it is being
proposed to go to an eight-week segment rather than 16 as well as
stretching it to six days a week rather than five days week.
This increase will allow the program doubling up the
students using the same amount of instructors, which will increase
the availability of the aircraft, utilization, and using 97%
efficiency with instructors and the aircraft.
Trustee Creamer asked management to
discuss with the unions if there is a creative way to increase
flight hours for interested instructors.
He said that a lot could be done to improve niche programs
such as the Aviation program.
He would be in favor of allocating marketing dollars to
Trustee Holden asked how many personal
interest students are there versus career students enrolled.
Mr. Lakin responded that there weren?t
very many. Marketing
has not been done aggressively, but the Program will be focusing
their efforts on recruiting personal interest students.
Trustee Patterson thanked AeroGenesis
for coming to the table. It
is clear signal that this region is open for business.
Program review is about changing the way business is done. It is not about ruthlessly cutting programs; it is about
looking at programs that no longer have their original intent.
He thanked President Cunningham and the administration for
their work with program review.
Chair Jeffries was concerned with being
underfunded for insurance purposes and what liability that could
impose on the institution and suggested that this be reviewed with
more detail. He thanked AeroGenesis, LCC staff and the Aviation Advisory
Committee. He feels
this was a great example that the College can model in terms of
what the positives are to program review, which are partnerships
that can be developed within the College and the external
stakeholders. He said that the other 12 programs could be reviewed
in the same creative and innovative way.
Canady, Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran,
The Board took a short recess at 7:38
Board reconvened at 7:50 p.m.
The Board would
go into closed to discuss negotiations.
IT WAS MOVED by
Trustee Rasmusson and supported by Trustee Creamer to go into
closed session to discuss negotiations.
Ayes: Canady, Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran,
returned to open session at 8:35 p.m.
left at 7:40 p.m.
Present: Creamer, Holden, Jeffries, Patterson, Pelleran, Rasmusson
There was no
The meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.