The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, June 19 in a virtual meeting, using Zoom technology as the College operates remotely due to COVID-19. As part of the meeting, the Board heard a presentation from the NSCC Cabinet about the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what the “new normal” will look like in fall 2020.
PANDEMIC RESPONSE – “PROUD OF HOW EVERYONE PIVOTED TO SERVE OUR LEARNERS”
NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson once again shared his admiration and appreciation for how the team at NSCC joined together in the face of tremendous adversity to quickly pivot from traditional in-class learning to fully-remote learning in one week. “It is a testament to faculty and staff who care for our learners and trust each other. Plans are nice, but it’s the wonderful work of good people that helped our learners complete spring classes,” he said.
Executive Vice President Todd Hernandez noted our phase two operations including plans for summer camps and a blood drive later this summer. Vice President Dan Burklo presented to the board what the fall 2020 term would look like as we return to more face-to-face classes using appropriate safety procedures.
Burklo noted that, “We want to assure all of our learners, faculty and staff that Northwest State is fully prepared and confident to safely offer in person classes and services this fall semester. We have protocols and practices in place to provide a safe environment for all and contingency plans prepared should we start to see any increase in cases.”
Vice President Lana Snider also described the many ways that we are serving learners at this time, including over $300,000 in emergency funding going directly to students. Most of those funds went to help students keep their connection to the College with digital technology and connectivity aids like hot spots.
Vice President Katy McKelvey stressed the importance of team self-care at this time as we all deal with numerous new life stressors. Finally, Jim Drewes described how Custom Training Solutions had little training in April and May, but that companies are now asking for more training, a good sign of economic recovery in the region.
Board Approves FY 20-21 Budget
In other action, the Board approved a $24.1 million operating budget. As Dr. Thomson noted, “While we have uncertainty in our budget, we have taken a conservative approach to this year’s budget. Our promise is to keep the Board updated regularly as we know more.”
Hernandez noted our strong summer 2020 term as the foundation for an enrollment projection of a slight increase for the coming year. He noted that, “The team has worked very hard customizing known best practices to Northwest Ohio.” He also reviewed our expanded partnerships with ODJFS and other organizations that are permitting us to reach those most in need at this time. Trustee Sue Derck spoke passionately encouraging NSCC in expanding access to those who need it the most.
In other Board action:
- Approved the promotions of Jennifer Thome to vice president-chief fiscal & administrative officer and Brittany Chamberlain to director-human resources & leadership development
- Approved the employment of Jamilah Tucker, dean-Arts & Sciences Division; Andrea Mofield, talent management specialist-human resources; Matthew Kibler, training coordinator-JFS workforce opportunities; and Avery Miller, training coordinator-JFS workforce opportunities
- Approved the 2020-2021 operating budget, set at approximately $24.1 million, about $200,000 more than the FY ’20 operating budget
- Approved an update to the Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment/Sexual Misconduct Policy, which are now combined to provide one comprehensive policy governing protected class discrimination. This policy update complies with new state and federal regulations regarding minors.
- Approved miscellaneous employment contracts, as well as one resignation