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ICCC holds board meeting

The former Student Support Services building at Iowa Central Community College will be getting a new roof soon.

The ICCC Board of Directors approved the plans and specifications for the Art and Technology Building Roof Replacement Project during its meeting on Monday night. The building previously housed the Student Support Services before they were moved to the new Greehey Family Student Success Center last year.

Bids from contractors will be opened and a public hearing for the project will be at 5 p.m. on July 13 in the conference room at the Triton Cafe.

“Due to getting material for the roof, we may be looking at doing this next summer,” Angie Martin, vice president of finance and operations, said.

Building and construction materials are in short supply, she said, so it could cause a delay in the project getting started, but the college still plans to secure bids for it now.

The board also approved updates to several board policies presented by Stacy Mentzer, vice president of Instruction.

The updates were only to add one sentence to make it more accessible for students and staff to report policy concerns to college leadership — “Individuals may login to Triton Pass and click on ‘Concern Form’ to report any concern they have.”

Tom Beneke, vice president for enrollment management and student development, presented to the board the summary of the 2020-2021 Enrollment Management Plan.

The presentation was a summary of activities that different departments had planned to do to help recruit prospective students over this past year. He noted that while many of the plans had to be canceled or changed due to COVID-19, the results seem promising.

“The main indicators looking into the fall — housing, FAFSA applications and general applications — those things are up, they’re growing,” Beneke said.

Jim Kersten, vice president for external affairs and government relations, gave an update on the 2021 Iowa legislative session. He noted that there was “good, strong” bipartisan support for Iowa’s community colleges at the Statehouse. The legislature passed $1.75 million in funding for workforce training at Iowa’s community colleges, which will result in $383,000 in new money for Iowa Central.

Before adjourning the meeting, board President Mark Crimmins noted that Monday’s meeting would be the last without a college president at the helm since former Iowa Central President Dan Kinney left in December.

“I want to commend our entire cabinet for taking care of us for six months,” Crimmins said, referring to the vice presidents who ran the college in the absence of a president.

Fort Dodge Community School District Superintendent Jesse Ulrich will take over his new role of Iowa Central’s president on July 1.

The next meeting of the ICCC board will be at 5 p.m. on July 13.

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