IVCC offers gift cards, refunds for students who register early for the spring semester – Shaw Local

Illinois Valley Community College is urging students to register early for the spring semester that begins Jan. 9, board members learned Thursday.

Incentives include:

  • a $100 gift card for the local bookstore, food service, or vendors for students who pay tuition (or make payment arrangements) by December 15
  • Students who enroll for at least 15 hours will be waived tuition fees for any additional hours.
  • HEERF refund checks will be mailed around November 15th.

“Release [Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds] in mid-November will allow students to use that money for spring enrollment,” said Mark Grzybowski, vice president of student services. (The amount a student receives will depend on several factors.)

“At a time of fierce competition for students, we are rewarding those who have chosen CCSVI and urging them to re-engage well before spring classes begin,” Grzybowski said.

As of Wednesday, fall enrollment was up 4.2% in credit hours and 3.3% in number of employees.

In other matters, trustees learned that a recent five-year deal with La Salle Power Plant will result in nearly $1.2 million in new revenue for the college.

The influx is the result of La Salle Station’s equalized assessed valuation which has increased 15% over the past five years, said Matt Seaton, CCSVI’s vice president for business services and finance.

IVCC, one of 11 tax districts in the agreement, will receive an additional $235,549 each year. La Salle Station is owned by Constellation Generation Co., formerly known as Exelon.

In other matters, the directors have approved:

  • Safety, health and safety projects, including campus-wide lighting upgrades for $676,698; 16 parking cameras for $362,462; and medical assistance lab upgrades for $183,650. Improvements include more LED lighting on campus, security cameras in previously uncovered lot areas, and moving medical assisting to the area formerly occupied by dental assisting.
  • Deferred maintenance projects for 2023 include the resealing and capping of Lots 7 and 8 and the removal of Lot 3 for $1.17 million; replacement of all parking lot lights for $520,000; and removal and replacement of the south campus salt shed for $250,000.
  • CCSVI President Jerry Corcoran will begin preparing the 2022 tax levy for presentation Nov. 10 and approval Dec. 8.
  • University calendars from fall 2023 to summer 2025
  • Contributions to a high-deductible health savings account for full-time employees. In January, IVCC will contribute $2,500 for single coverage and $5,000 for employee plus one and family coverage. The group is hiring Lyndsey Beetz as an interim dental hygiene instructor, effective October 17. Pending approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation, Dental Hygiene will admit students next fall and begin second-year hygiene courses in fall 2024.
  • McCoy and Sons LLC’s proposal to complete the first phase of the farmhouse tiling project for $100,000 or less.
  • Consultation and implementation of student retention alert by Ellucian for $29,456.
  • Management of textbooks and online course materials by eCampus.com Higher education for at least five years at no cost to college.
  • Reimbursement of $310 to Administrator Jane Goetz for attending the ICCTA meeting September 9-10.
  • Elimination of the 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on-call shift, a move formalized by a memorandum of understanding with Service Employees International Union Local 138. The new third shift from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. begins on Monday, October 24. will improve efficiency and make more employees available during “busy” business hours, Seaton said.
  • Promoted Gerilynn Schultz to Facilities Supervisor, effective Sunday, October 23. She was previously the Facilities Administrative Assistant. His new role will support shift changes and increase supervisor visibility.
  • Minutes of September 8 closed session.

Trustees learned:

  • State Sen. Win Stoller (R-Peoria) visited the campus Sept. 28.
  • Last week, 73 Ottawa high school seniors visited the college. “This was the first time we had organized bus transportation for students to campus for a half-day of activities,” Corcoran said.
  • Over 70 people attended the September 23 Crop Research Day. The agricultural department partnered with the University of Illinois Extension for the event. Corcoran noted that the ag has gone from two courses in 2016 to 21 today.
  • The college recently learned that it will receive $3.5 million in funding from the United States Economic Development Administration to build a new agricultural education center. The grant will cover 80% of the cost of an agricultural classroom and laboratory building on the south side of campus. Corcoran credited Seaton and special assistant to the president Reed Wilson with helping secure the grant.
  • The IVCC Foundation will award $420,000 in scholarships to 266 students in 2022-2023. In a campus update, Fran Brolley, executive director of community relations and development, said receiving the scholarship in September drew a record 441 recipients, donors and parents.
  • Samantha Manahan, Community Relations Administrative Assistant, introduced administrators to the college’s new “Branding Identities and Graphic Guidelines,” including core colors and fonts, logos, and other college branding.
  • Student Sports Catastrophic Insurance Renewal through Gerber Life Insurance Co. or $3,250.
  • Danielle Jackson was hired as an administrative assistant for the Division of Natural Sciences and Business, Tina Lowande as an assessment center specialist, and Hunter Elias as an accountant.
  • Computer network/systems specialist Ryan Schenck resigned on October 7.

Michael N. Clark