The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met July 25 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D., announced former longtime Trustee John D. Engebretson passed away peacefully on Sunday. The Trustees shared their memories of John and reflected on his service to the college and the community.
Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns who attended the meeting via conference call added to the Trustees’ reflections on Engebretson’s leadership and provided her condolences to the family, the college and the Trustees. Stearns announced that Terry O’Banion, past president of the League of Innovation, will deliver a presentation and facilitate discussion on student success at two-year colleges on August 15 in Helena.
Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce President Joe Unterreiner, Costco employee Tim Larson and Flathead Business and Industry Association President Marc Rold addressed the Board during the special public comment section of the meeting on the right of way agreement with the Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT). The agreement concerns 8.8 acres of college property that the MDOT wants to purchase to construct a Reserve South road. Following public comment, the Board approved for President Karas to work with MDOT officials to determine total compensation to the college.
In other action items, the Board approved the second reading of the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget of of $16,379,768 and a total Continuing Education budget of $865,000.
Pat Pezzelle, Director, Extended Learning/Lincoln County Campus, reported on his meeting with Carl Douglas, President of the Stinger Welding Inc. Douglas anticipates employment at the Stinger plant in Libby will double in size. The company plans to hire 50 new welders by the end of this year. FVCC’s LCC campus launched a welding program in January to prepare Lincoln County residents to apply for welding jobs at Stinger.
Director, Communications and Marketing Tara Roth presented the college’s marketing update. Web Coordinator Matt Zak presented a preview of the college’s newly designed Web site which they plan to launch in the fall.
President Karas announced that the FVCC Foundation has formed a campaign committee to help lead the $1 million campaign for the new Nursing and Health Education Center. The committee hopes to raise the amount by April 2012. President Karas reported that nine students have registered to live in the college’s new student housing complex. The 16 apartments are located on the Kalispell Regional Medical Center campus and are in walking and biking distance to campus and are situated on the Flathead County Eagle Transit Line.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place September 26 at 3:45 p.m. For more information regarding specific items included in this report or regarding college activities, contact Tara Roth at 756-3912. For more information on board meetings, contact Monica Settles at 756-3801.