Board seated, officers elected
Incumbent board members Dr. David Asbery (Mt. Vernon), Eric Black (Mt. Vernon) and Randall Crocker (Sesser) ran unopposed for seats on the RLC Board of Trustees and were re-elected last month. Asbery and Black were elected to six-year terms and Crocker was elected to an unexpired four-year term. They were officially seated Tuesday. Officers also were elected: Chair – Eric Black; Vice Chair – Randy Rubenacker; and Secretary – John Kabat. In addition, Bryan Drew was reappointed board attorney; Rick Marlow was reappointed the Illinois Community College Trustees Association representative; and Angie Kistner, Vice President of Finance and Administration, was reappointed board treasurer.
New certificates, curriculum changes receive approval
The board approved three new occupational certificates – Cyber Security Specialist, Certified Production Technician, and Esthetics – and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. In addition, several new courses and changes to existing courses also were approved.
The Cyber Security Specialist certificate will give students the necessary knowledge and skills to detect and mitigate cyber attacks. Students will learn to understand cyber attack vectors, investigate cyber intrusions and learn proactive defense methods.
The Certified Production Technician certificate will provide the foundational knowledge and skill sets applicable for entry- to mid-level production technician jobs in the manufacturing industry. It is designed for those wanting to enter the manufacturing field as production line workers as well as experienced employees wishing to seek Manufacturing Skill Standards Council certification.
Four courses related to this certificate also were approved: Safety, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Maintenance Awareness, and Quality Practices and Management.
The Esthetics program will be located at Studio RLC at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon and is related to the slate of programming housed there, including Cosmetology, Barbering and Nail Technology. The Esthetics program will prepare students to perform the skills of an esthetician. The curriculum includes professional ethics, personal hygiene, sterilization and sanitation, skin analysis, scientific concepts in skin care, and special esthetics procedures. Students will learn hands-on skills in non-therapeutic massage, skin health and nutrition, mask therapy, facial treatments, professional equipment usage, hair removal processes and professional makeup techniques.
Seven new courses associated with the Esthetics certificate also were approved and authorized for ICCB submission: Esthetics Theory I-III, Esthetics Clinic I-III, and Internship.
In related action the new Mine Rescue – Fire Brigade I and II courses were approved, the title of the Computer Maintenance course was changed to Computer Technologies, the Cisco Routing and Switching certificate was renamed Computer Networking, and the credit hour totals for Tutor Training and Mentor Training were changed from three to two and from two to one, respectively.
Two colleges articulate with RLC's Graphic Design curriculum
The board approved articulation agreements with two institutions concerning RLC's Graphic Design Associate in Applied Science Degree program. Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., articulated its Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design Communications, and Rocky Mountain College of Arts + Design articulated its Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. These agreements allow students to seamlessly transfer to either of these institutions upon completion of the required coursework at RLC.
College to seek Medical Assistant program director
Permission was granted to create the position, approve the job description and advertise for a Medical Assistant Program Director. The position is required for accreditation of the Medical Assistant program, which RLC will begin offering this fall.
Roberts takes temporary spot at RLCF Children's Center
Sarah Roberts was employed on a temporary full-time basis as Lead Child Care Provider for the toddler room at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center. The move was made to cover the maternity leave of a current employee. Roberts currently serves as a part-time substitute teacher at the Center.
Karcher joins Student Records staff
Juliana Karcher was employed as Records Specialist in the Student Records Department effective May 18. She has been working part-time in this position since July 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southeast Missouri State University.
In other business, the board ...
- Accepted the bid from Peoples National Bank for the providing of banking depository services during the fiscal years 2016-2020.
- Approved revisions to board policy concerning insurance (second reading).
Mark your calendars …
- Annual Board / Faculty / Staff Awards, 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Birdie's Sports Grille Banquet Room at Rend Lake Golf Course.
- STARS Banquet, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7, RLC Theatre.
- Nurse Pinning Ceremony, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, Waugh Gymnasium.
- Commencement, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Waugh Gymnasium.
- Mental Health Workshop for Professional or Personal Development: Success Strategies for Working with Individuals with Mental Health Concerns, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, RLC Theatre.
- Health Information Technology Site Visit, Thursday-Friday, May 21-22, RLC Campus.
- ICCTA Annual Convention and Awards Banquet, Friday-Saturday, June 5-6, Schaumburg.
- Mental Health Workshop for Professional or Personal Development: Shifting Dementia Care from Crisis to Comfort, 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m., RLC Theatre.