As State Fair Community College prepares for the fall session, which begins Aug. 24, the college is seeing a slight increase in enrollment numbers over last year.
The Board of Trustees was presented preliminary enrollment numbers at its monthly meeting Tuesday morning.
“The overall trend in enrollment at community colleges is down,” SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson reported. “We are seeing numbers above our fall enrollment from last year. The Navigators (program) are doing a great of reaching out to the students and getting them enrolled here at SFCC.”
One program that is a strength for the college in helping students is the Adult Education and Literacy/High School Equivalency Program.
Project Director Deb Williams reported to the trustees about the progress the program continues to make.
“We have 18 sites in our service area where we provide instruction and support to help those students who qualify for the programs,” Williams said.
The program provides instruction to more than 600 students in nine counties who are seeking assistance in obtaining a high school equivalency, English as a Second Language training, and help in obtaining their citizenship.
“In January of 2014, the state required students to pass the HiSET Test to obtain their high school degree,” Williams said. The test itself is $95, which can be a financial burden for many of these students.
“The Foundation decided that they wanted to do something to help,” she added. “They created a $50 scholarship for students who applied and met the requirements for funding. It has been a tremendous help for many of these individuals.”
“I just want to commend Deb and her staff on behalf of the Board,” Gary Noland, president of the Board of Trustees, said. “They have the patience of Job because they work with students who typically never liked learning and have produced some remarkable results with their efforts.”
The board voted to end one program the college provides. SFCC will no longer offer the practical nursing program at its Boonville campus.
The program, in its third year, has not maintained an adequate enrollment. Students in the upcoming class (August 2015 through June 2016) will be given the option to attend classes at the Sedalia campus.
In other actions, the board voted to:
• Accept a bid of $70,995 from CDW-G of Vernon Hills, Illinois, for the purchase of a Tegile SAN Product. The equipment is used for student and employee data storage.
• Accepted a second bid from CDW-G for between 17-21 (enrollment dependent) on Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium Software Suite. The bid is not to exceed $15,393.
• Accept the bid from Apple Inc. of Austin, Texas, for $28,728. This is for the purchase of 17 to 21 (dependent on enrollment) Apple Desktop computers for the CTC Graphic Design program.
• Accept the low bid from Impact Signs, of Sedalia, for $34,231.30 to replace the digital sign on campus at the corner of 16th Street and Clarendon Road.
The board also voted to hire Amanda Herwatic as director of Student Success and Retention Services.
The board accepted the resignation of Navigator Tricia Harvey.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484