Dec 21, 2012

Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees December Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met December 17 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Student Government freshman senator Marty Vollmer reported 237 students participated intramural activities throughout the fall semester. The college’s Service Learning program recently hosted and participated in a number of activities including collecting toys for Court Appointed Special Advocates children, holding a One Warm Coat drive, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and building a duplex in Columbia Falls through the college’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Faculty Senate President Phil MacGregor announced Music and Theatre Instructor Craig Naylor is now a registered presenter for the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and Speakers in the Schools for his research into “Unknown Heroes of the Civil War.”

In action items, the board approved the implementation of two new industrial machine technology certificates.  Technician Track Level I Certificate and Machinist Technician Certificate were developed in response to the $2,999,969 Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant the college was awarded this fall.  The grant project focus is centered on meeting the needs of the nearly 600 local manufacturing businesses operating in Northwest Montana and addressing the projected substantial job growth in the industry over the next few years.

The Board voted to authorize an amendment of a $2.4 million Intercap loan to bridge financing as the remainder of the Broussard family’s $4 million gift for the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science is received.  The amendment involves the college’s pledge to have its revenue stream from its mandatory building and grounds fee serve as an additional funding source and addresses the alternative funding source required by the Board of Investments.

President Jane Karas, Ph.D., reported on the status of the University Center.  Executive Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning Brad Eldredge, Ph.D., has been working with officials at The University of Montana and Montana State University to offer more four-year and graduate programs on the FVCC campus.  A needs assessment is in development, and the college expects to receive it in January.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place January 28, 2013 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.