RLC is fastest-growing community college in the nation, says Community College Week

According to a report by Community College Week, Rend Lake College is the fastest-growing community college in the nation in terms of headcount among institutions with between 2,500 and 4,999 students. From Fall 2004 to Fall 2005, headcount at RLC rose from 3,420 to 4,913, an increase of 1,493 (43.7 percent). The increase is 15.6 percent more than the second fastest-growing community college in the nation that size group, Western Wyoming Community College, which reported a 28.1 percent increase in enrollment during the same period.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment because we did it in an area that is not experiencing large population growth," said RLC President Mark Kern. "It is a credit to everyone who supports the college – our Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and the community. Rend Lake College has become not just a place to go to school, but the place to go."

Community College Week is a journal targeted at community, technical and junior colleges across the nation

Radiology Services wins equipment bid

Approved the bid from Radiology Services of Evansville, Ind., for equipment required to start the Radiologic Technology program. Radiology Services had the low bid of $39,133 out of three bids received.

College catalog approved, bid awarded

Approved the 2007-2008 Official Rend Lake College Catalog, which contains information related to academic standards, program requirements and student policies covering admission, instruction and graduation. The board also accepted the low bid from Central Plains Book Manufacturing of Winfield, Kan., for the production of the catalog at a cost of $10,097 for 8,000 copies.

Lease extensions approved

Extended a lease currently existing with the Rend Lake Conservancy District to Dec. 31, 2055. On March 25, 1980, the college leased five acres of land on its north boundary to the RLCD, and the RLCD leased 10 acres of its land to the college to house the Franklin and Jefferson County 4-H buildings. The original lease was for 50 years, and the Franklin County Extension Service has expressed the desire to have the lease renewed to once again be 50 years in length. In order for the college to extend the lease to the Franklin County Extension Facility, which also was approved, it was necessary to have the same length of lease with the RLCD.

Long-time English, Journalism prof Mullen retiring

Accepted with regret the retirement resignation of Michael Mullen, English and Journalism Professor, effective June 30, 2007, and approved issuing payment for 3.5 years of prior service credit and sick days, less any applicable payroll liabilities, in compliance with the RLC Faculty Union Side Letter.

Mullen began working full-time at the college on Aug. 22, 1980, and he won the 1994 RLCF Faculty Excellence Award. He also served for several years as the advisor to the RLC student newspaper, the RLC Times. "The time I have spent as an employee at Rend Lake College has been fruitful and fulfilling, both personally and professionally," Mullen said of his more than 26 years of service.

Suhr becomes Assistant Teacher at Children's Center

Employed Shannon Suhr to the position of Assistant Teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom at the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center effective Jan. 2. She is a graduate of the RLC Early Childhood Education program and has experience as a student worker and part-time employee at the Center.

Three temporary, full-time appointments made

Appointed three employees to temporary, full-time positions:

• Angie Merrell, RN, MSN, temporary full-time Associate Degree Nursing Instructor, effective Dec. 16. This position was necessary due to the transfer of Kelli Lewis to the position of Allied Health Division Chair.

• Betty Jo Herbert, RN, temporary full-time Certified Nurse Assistant Instructor, effective Dec. 16. The position was created due to the extreme shortage of certified nurse assistants available in the community and the college's need to help alleviate this shortage.

• Bill May, temporary full-time Emergency Medical Technician Instructor, effective Jan. 8, 2007. This position was deemed necessary due to the increased need for classes in the Emergency Medical Technician program. An affiliation has been made with Mary Jane Summers of the Office of Mines and Minerals to bring the EMT course and continuing education requirements associated with this certificate to their participants, generating 660 new credit hours per year in addition to the 180 credit hours the college currently provides.

Contract adjusted for Instructor Helm

Adjusted the contract of Bradley Helm, full-time Computer Science Instructor, to reflect a start date of Dec. 16, 2006, rather than Jan. 1, 2007. Helm had been with RLC as a temporary Computer Science Instructor for the past two semesters prior to his permanent appointment last month. Helm holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Bilderbeck back in OFTC classroom

Transferred Sarah Bilderbeck to the position of Office Systems Technology Instructor effective Jan. 8. The transfer was due to increased enrollment in the OFTC-Health Information program. Bilderbeck previously was an instructor in that program before moving to the Rend Lake College Foundation office as Assistant Director.

Mark your calendars ...

• Rend Lake College Board / Faculty / Staff Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.

• Commencement, 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, James "Hummer" Waugh Gymnasium.

In other business, the board . . .

• Approved two new nursing classes and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. The classes are NURS 1617 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Preparatory, and NURS 1619 – Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Preparatory.

• Approved the renewal of a surety bond of $1 million for the position of Controller at RLC.

• Ratified the renewal of insurance coverages to be provided by the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust.

• Approved the sale of a 2000 Dodge Ram B1500 van as obsolete equipment.

• Approved the 2007 travel reimbursement rate at 48.5 cents per mile effective Jan. 1, 2007, as required by the Internal Revenue Service.

• Approved a corporate resolution authorizing the college to apply for a corporate credit card with MidCountry Bank.

• Approved revisions to administrative procedures regarding stipends and class fees.

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