NCMC Board of Trustees meet, approve agenda items

NCMC - North Central Missouri College

Among personnel matters approved by the NCMC Board of Trustees during their latest meeting, Carmen Austin will transfer from TRIO program administrative assistant to the role of Upward Bound Coordinator, replacing Ellen Hamilton who is resigning as of October 10th.

Rickiann Miller of Brooker, Texas was hired as a personal computer specialist as of November 1st. Lisa Geiser of California, Missouri was employed as the database administrator at the college effective October 31. Hired as part-time nursing clinical instructors were Stephanie Brobst of Chillicothe and Kaley Dixon of Jamesport.

Approval was given to pay an invoice of over $10,700 dollars to the Daviess County Livestock Market in Gallatin for purchase of 15 feeder cattle.

Instructional technology purchases were approved based on bids. Trustees renewed the use of MoreNet for the Internet connection and related support; renewed Student Information System maintenance; renewed an agreement with Blackboard Learn Management System; and purchased Blackboard Collaborate to display stored or live video. The instructional technology services budget will cover each purchase. A plotter – printer was declared surplus and will be donated by NCMC to the computer services tech program of Grand River Technical School at Chillicothe.

An application will be resubmitted requesting federal funds to extend child contact hours to 1,020 per year for three of the Head Start center classrooms. That’s a reduction of 12 hours from an original application the college made in June.

North Central Missouri College Trustees last evening received a report on the fall enrollment and credit hours including a comparison to fall of 2015.

North Central’s headcount is 1719 students which is less than a 1% increase (0.64%) compared to a head count of 1708 a year ago.

However, students are taking fewer credits for what college officials believe are a variety of reasons. The credit hours top 15 thousand, 800 (15,845) which is described as nearly 4% less (-3.91%) compared to last year.

Larger increases in headcount are noted for dual credit on those taking college classes online. The college reports 644 high school students taking dual credit classes this fall. That’s up more than six point six percent.

That number of students accumulated over 3100 (3,132) in credit hours.

Almost a five percent increase (4.84%) is noted for the online student head count.

The report shows 909 online students taking 5330 credit hours.

The figure is steady for current year high school grads is steady (291).

North Central reports 382 first time freshmen which is down 11.37%.

The college reports its largest growth is among Hispanic’s with 69 students enrolled compared to 22 last year which is over 200% growth.