The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees held a board retreat and regular meeting to discuss the significance of the changes based on the College Credit Plus Program, decline in traditional student enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year and increased need for workforce development programs for business and industry.
The CCPP, which has grown over the last several years, allows high school students to take college classes at no cost to their family, with school districts paying a significantly discounted tuition rate to the community colleges throughout the state. Although NSCC is seeing a significant decline in traditional student enrollment ages 19-40, it also sees a tremendous increase in employer driven workforce training.
“Traditional student enrollment at community colleges across the state has been declining for several years as employment and overtime opportunities have soared,” according to Dr. Tom Stuckey, NSCC president. “Although area workers are finding jobs, they are also finding it difficult to advance their career due to lack of education and training. The college is working in partnership with area business and industry groups to support workforce development that will help prepare the current workforce for the needs of tomorrow.”
The board also received an update from Laurie Storrer, NSCC Staff Council representative, to the Strategic Planning committee on the progress being made with the 2016-20 strategic plan goals.
In further action, the board approved the dissolution of the Northern Ohio Community College District Council of Governments and a new policy to support the efforts to identify and respond to financial aid fraud and identity theft.
Other board action approved the following: the retirements of Jim Brace, part-time police officer, and Debbie Smith, full-time bookstore clerk; resignations and miscellaneous employment contracts; employment Dustin Harris, full-time library assistant; acceptance of various gifts to the college; the title and salary adjustments for Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Cindy Krueger, Vice President of Academics Lori Robison, and Dean of Allied Health and Public Services and Program Director for Medical Assisting Janet Koepplinger; College Credit Plus tuition and textbook fee revisions; the financial report of Oct. 31, 2016; and the list of permissible 403(b) Alternative Retirement Plan vendors for employees.