FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The first Highland Community College Board of Trustees meeting of the calendar year was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15. In observance of Highland Community College’s 50th anniversary, the meeting began with the presentation of House Resolution 1314 by the Honorable Jim Sacia, Illinois State Representative. The resolution recognizes HCC for its 50 years of service to the residents of northwest Illinois.
Additionally, new educational partnerships were formed, as the board voted on and approved new cooperative agreements with area colleges and high schools. The first joint education agreement was between Highland and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) in Fennimore, Wisconsin. The agreement allows students in the SWTC district to access specific programs at Highland that are not offered at SWTC. Similar to the agreement approved last year with Blackhawk Technical College, it also allows Highland students to access programs offered at SWTC that are not available at HCC. Students participating in these programs will not be required to pay out-of-district tuition. The SWTC agreement is pending approval from the state of Wisconsin.
Trustees also approved a memorandum of understanding between Highland and the College of Lake County related to the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. The 2011 federal grant locally funds the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) Career Pathways initiative, which encourages training in highly-skilled fields by connecting 17 Illinois community colleges in the development and sharing of curriculum for more than 30 online/hybrid associate degree and certificate programs. As part of the Career Pathways initiative, Highland added an Adult Transition Specialist to assist non-traditional students, and trade-affected or dislocated workers.
Lastly, continuing Highland’s cooperative relationship with secondary schools, the board approved dual credit agreements with several area high schools, including Forreston, Freeport, Oregon, River Ridge, Scales Mound, Stockton, and West Carroll. The dual credit courses allow students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits while attending high school.
In other news, trustees approved:
• the appointment of Brian Moore to the position of Coordinator of Learning Services.
• the second reading of revised policy for Rest and Meal Periods, and for new policy, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting.
• changes to the list of course and miscellaneous fees.