IVCC to buy simulation equipment for early childhood education program

College also will buy artwork to commemorate its centennial

Students attend the first day of class at Illinois Valley Community College on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 in Oglesby.

The Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday set out to buy simulation equipment for the early childhood education program and to commission artwork commemorating the college’s centennial this year.

The college is seeking bids to buy software kits and baby-sized manikins that can be programmed for child care, child education and parenting lessons, according to a news release.

Costs will be covered by the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Grant.

The board authorized the commission and purchase of a 10-foot-by-20-foot mural highlighting the past and future of the college. Bought using $35,000 from the IVCC Foundation CTC Fund, the art will be installed at the entrance to Building C in the Peter Miller Community Technology Center.

President Tracy Morris reported that:

  • American Red Cross blood drives sponsored by the Red Cross Club and the Student Nurses Association on campus and in Ottawa this month again set campus records.
  • Upcoming activities, including two campus canned food drives, are scheduled this month.
  • A Case IH planter was donated to the ag program and arrived this week.
  • Facility master planning continues with planning objectives and ranking of proposed projects.
  • Enrollment updates indicate headcount and credit hours increased compared with the spring 2023 semester.

The board also:

  • approved tenure for the following faculty: welding instructor Theresa Molln, nursing instructor Chrissy Boughton, nursing laboratory instructor Cathy Lenkaitis, nursing instructor Samantha Whiteaker and math instructor Emily Morgan.
  • submitted nominations for Illinois Community College Trustees Association awards, including Distinguished Alumnus Award (John Schibrowsky), Ethical Leadership Award (Fran Brolley), Gigi Campbell Student Trustee Excellence Scholarship (student trustee Elizabeth Boyles) and Pacesetter Award (Martha Hoffman Kerestes).
  • learned of the appointment of Kaitlyn Hickey as IT department help desk support technician and the resignations of IT programmer/analyst James Bock and assessment center assistant Rachael Olson, who will remain a part-time instructor.
  • authorized the return of a grant award that had been intended for a solar array on Building J since plans have changed and that building will undergo a renovation.
  • authorized the donation or disposal of an obsolete piece of equipment in one of the industrial labs.
  • authorized updates to board policies.