The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 10, at the Alleghany Center of Wilkes Community College.
Before starting the business meeting, board members toured the Alleghany Center facility. Angela Bond, liaison to the board and executive assistant to WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox, administered the oath of office to reappointed and newly appointed trustees: Sylvia Robinson, appointed by The Governor; Terry Bumgarner, appointed by the Wilkes County Commissioners; and Josh Roten, appointed by the Ashe County Commissioners.
The board approved giving authority to the finance committee to approve the 2014-2015 state budget allocation and other budget related items that require action prior to the board’s October meeting, reporting the same at the October meeting. Colleges will receive their state budget allocations after approval by the State Board of Community Colleges, which will occur subsequent to the passage of the state budget by the General Assembly.
The board also gave authority to the finance committee to approve a lease with Ashe County Job Development, Inc., which owns the Tigra Building located adjacent to GE Aviation where WCC will provide customized training to GE Aviation. GE Aviation is expanding its West Jefferson facility and will be adding 105 new positions at an average wage of $47,000 and investing $65 million in equipment.
The monthly lease rate for the Tigra Building would be $5,500 per month plus utilities. While the customized training plan is still in progress, it is expected that the expenses for the facility would be included in the plan for a period of approximately 18 months.
The board approved the schedule of fines and fees for 2014-2015. There is one change from the 2013-2014 fee schedule. The campus access fee will increase from $15 per semester to $20 per semester. The additional fee will be used for paving and sealing of parking lots and campus security.
The Workforce Investment Act program in Ashe County operates in leased space at the Ashe Family Central facility. The monthly lease amount is negotiated annually and covers 970.5 square feet of space. The new lease rate represents an increase of $0.15 per square foot. The board approved entering into a lease agreement with Ashe County Partnership for Children beginning July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, at an annual rate of $8,637.45.
The cosmetology program in Ashe operates in leased space at the Ashe Family Central facility. The monthly lease amount is negotiated annually and covers 4,402 square feet of space. The new lease rate represents an increase of $0.15 per square foot. The board approved entering into a lease agreement with Ashe County Partnership for Children beginning July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, at an annual rate of $39,177.80.
Program and Planning Committee
The board approved the revised Policy 4.05, Self-Supporting Courses. WCC Policy 4.05, Self-Supporting Courses, has been revised to correspond with recent changes made to State Board of Community Colleges Code 1E SBCCC 600.3 Self-Supporting Fee Rates and 1E SBCCC 700.7 Excess Fee Receipts.
The purpose of the Wilkes Community College 2014-2019 Long Range Plan (LRP) is to review data of multiple types and from multiple perspectives in order to provide an accurate projection of how much the college will grow over the next five years and also, which of the college’s programs will experience the greatest amount of growth. To develop this plan, the college administration appointed a 23-member committee from across the college and followed the guidelines and recommended procedures set forth by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The board approved the Wilkes Community College 2014-2019 Long Range Plan.
An education audit was conducted at WCC by the NCCCS Audit Services staff on the maintenance of records and the reporting of student membership hours, as well as certain college procedures for the spring semester 2013 through spring semester 2014. Based upon the site review, there were no audit exceptions or areas of concern identified. The letter of notification regarding the audit results commended the college staff for accuracy and excellence in following recordkeeping procedures as prescribed by the State Board of Community Colleges.
The N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) made major revisions to its annual Critical Success Factors Report in 2013, and this was the first year of follow-up to that data. The system of performance funding is based on an incremental funding formula that rewards colleges for the percentage and quantity of successful students in eight categories.
In the 2014 Critical Success Factors Report provided by the NCCCS, the performance of WCC is above the baseline in all eight categories. The college was below the mean but above the baseline in two categories, below the goal and above the mean in four categories, and met or exceeded the goal in two categories. Of the other 57 NCCCS institutions, there were only five that met or exceeded more goals than WCC.
The Ashe Campus partnered with Fifth-Third Bank of West Jefferson to host its financial literacy e-Bus on May 23. The e-Bus is staffed by non-profit financial counselors and offers free information on topics such as reviewing your credit report, managing your money, learning about identity theft and tactics to prevent it, and information on determining the best auto and mortgage loans for individual needs. Students from the basic skills and HRD courses at the Ashe Campus attended the e-Bus presentation. Additionally, a number of curriculum students, particularly dislocated workers, took advantage of the opportunity for personalized financial evaluation.
In cooperation with the Ashe Sharing Center, Ashe Campus faculty and staff have opened an on-campus food pantry to serve students and others in the community. The pantry is opened daily and provides recipients with food “kits” from Second Harvest Food Bank that include such staples as canned vegetables and fruits, beef stew, and bags of rice and beans. Additionally, fresh eggs and a variety of frozen meats are also available on a bi-weekly basis. Students are eligible to receive food kits on a monthly basis with some flexibility available in hardship situations. During its first month of operation, the pantry has served over 30 families in curriculum and basic skills courses.
The WCC Board of Trustees will meet again on Oct. 9, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. at the John A. Walker Community Center.