NCTC Regents hold May meeting

Elizabeth F. Dieter | May 25, 2017

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District heard an update on the Completion Center Monday night from Completion Center Manager Amy Klohn.

Klohn outlined some of the services that the Completion Center offers to students, including success coaching, career development, and job placement services.

The success coaching helps students to manage their short and long-term educational goals, address time management skills, develop test-taking strategies and more.

The completion center is currently halfway through year two of a five-year project. The center has already been able to reach over 1,500 new-to-college students through success coaching. These services are free and available to students on all five of NCTC’s campuses.

Regents approved the transfer of $2 million in Board Reserves to fund facilities-related projects in the 600 building on the Gainesville campus. With these funds, the 600 building will be transformed into a student hub, housing a new dining and student services facility.

Vice President of Administrative Affairs Robbie Baugh presented a food services contract renewal to the board. The board approved the five-year contract with Great Western Dining for the fiscal years 2017 – 2022, at an 11% increase in cost. Great Western Dining Services has been the sole provider of food services on the Gainesville campus since 1994.

“With the expected opening of new dining and student services facilities in January 2018,” said Baugh, “Great Western Dining has agreed to provide additional meals and extended hours of service once that facility is complete.”

Great Western has committed to put $150,000 toward kitchen equipment for the new dining facility, as well.

Regents also voted on election judges and the maximum number of election clerks for the Jun 17, 2017 Board Run-Off Election.

After a closed Executive Session, the board reconvened into an open meeting and approved the retirement of Math Instructor Bill Bernard, the resignation of Nursing Instructors Leah Fuhrmann, Kim Monday, and Rena Vandament, and the hiring of Dr. Jane Leach as the Department Chair for Nursing.

Regents also granted probationary faculty contracts to Dr. Doug Elrod, Sara Alford and Keith Bailey.

Regents also observed a moment of silence in honor of Muenster ISD and NCTC Dual-Credit student Cal York, Dr. Wallace expressed his condolences to York’s family, friends and the Muenster community.

Regents Jon Grime and Matt Chalmers were unable to attend Monday’s meeting.