Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approves new tier system for Career and Technical Education certificates and new coordinator position for the Aspirations in Manufacturing Program

December 20, 2022

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting on Monday, December 19, 2022. Board members included Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), Louis Kalert (Centralia), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Jeff Brown (Greenville), and Alyssa Lurkins (Student Trustee).

The board reviewed and approved the new three-tier system program for customized career and technical education certificates or degrees, which allows students and employers to work together to customize training. This system also allows current workers to further their training in various industrial trade fields or explore apprenticeship options with their employers. 

The board reviewed and approved the partnership proposition from BAM Marketing Agency of St. Louis, MO, for the college to enter into a one-year contract for BAM to provide full-service professional marketing resources. 

“This was a rigorous interviewing process of marketing firms with faculty, staff, and trustees to decide on an agency on how we can partner to reach more students for the future,” said KC President George Evans. 

The board approved the use of Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant funds to purchase an electric vehicle kit for instructional purposes in the Automotive Technology Program and the future Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Certificate. A SWITCH Electric Vehicle Lab from TOOLKIT Technologies, Inc. of Austin, TX, will be purchased for $73,327. 

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approved a new Manufacturing and Work-Based Learning Coordinator grant-funded position via the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center grant. his new position will help develop and facilitate the college’s new Aspirations in Manufacturing (AIM) program, recruit and train students for manufacturing careers, and work with faculty and staff to develop curriculum and implement training.  Additionally, the board approved the position of a Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Specialist to be funded via the Illinois Bridge & Transitions grant. 

The board also approved the position of a Temporary Accounts Payable Specialist and the restructuring of the current two 30-hour Buildings and Grounds positions to two 40-hour positions, plus the following personnel items:

New Hires:
•    Quinton McGuire – Buildings and Grounds Technician
•    Christopher Holthaus – Buildings and Ground Technician
•    Lisa Wagner – Administrative Assistant position at Centralia Correctional Center

•    Kristina Rickhoff - Assistant Professor of Health Information Technology

Lastly, the board acted on faculty tenure:

Reappointment of First-Year Probationary Faculty to Second Year:

Arts and Sciences
Aryashree Kharel

Career and Technical Education
Connor Pollmann

Nursing/Allied Health
Whitney Wadkins

Reappointment of Second-Year Probationary Faculty to Third Year:

Career and Technical Education
Suzanne Arndt

Continued Employment of Tenure Faculty:

Career and Technical Education
Pete Donnelly
Lyle Gross
Angenien Huffstutler
Kelli Malone
Alexis Myers
William Waggoner

Arts and Sciences
Christena Elliott
Bill Mathena
Brad Odum
John Orlet
Jodi Palm

Nursing/Allied Health
Lisa Barrow
Rebecca McElhose
Lisa Ring
Candace Sloat

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