NCTC Board approves naming of Gainesville Career Technology Center

Elizabeth F. Abu | Dec 19, 2017

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District met Monday night and approved the naming of the Career Technology Center (CTC) on the Gainesville campus after B-29 Investments.

NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace presented this agenda item to the board and informed them that B-29 Investments co-founders John and Steve Schmitz have been long-time supporters of the college and in 2009 the two partnered with NCTC to provide funding for the construction of the CTC. Again, the Schmitz brothers are joining NCTC in support of the college’s Empower the Future campaign to provide support for technical programs and scholarships through a $250,000 gift from B-29 Investments.  

The facility will be called the B-29 Investments Career Technology Center.

Schalk & Smith, P.C. conducted the annual financial audit of NCTC and presented the final audit report, with unqualified opinion, to the board. The board approved the 2016-2017 Annual Financial and Compliance Report and adopted the current Investment Policy with no changes, as recommended by NCTC Administration.

The board also approved the resignations of Business Management Instructor Alyson Livingston, Nursing Faculty Rachel Bowles, Nursing Faculty Staci Nathan, Nursing Faculty Connie Gaither, English Faculty Dr. Emily White, and Technical Theater Instructor Robert Aprea.

Regents approved the hiring of Nursing Faculty Ashley Brown, Business Management Faculty Darrell Smith, Nursing Faculty Jaimie Shurden, and Nursing Faculty Kimberly Johnson.

Members of the board heard several updates from across the college Monday night. During his Chancellor’s Administrative Report, Wallace presented a study on the economic impact and return on investment for the communities surrounding NCTC. The study measured NCTC’s effect on local economy. EMSI conducted the research and provided a formal report covering Montague, Cooke, and Denton counties. NCTC accounts for .5% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). There was a 17% rate of return to NCTC students on their investment and there was an 18% rate of return to taxpayers.

Director of Counseling and Testing Tracey Fleniken updated the board on her department, noting that advisors are often the first point of contact for students at NCTC. On average, there are 500 to 900 students on each advisor’s roster.

Director of Admissions Jennifer Beal presented some enrollment numbers to the board. The Fall 2017 enrollment count was up 850 students, or 9%, from Fall 2016. Beal also informed the board of the implementation of the NCTC Processing Center, located in the 800 building on the Gainesville campus. It consists of four admissions personnel that process all admissions applications and electronic/paper transcripts that are received. The expectation of a two-day turnaround during slow periods and a four-day turnaround during peak times was placed on these individuals and Beal reported that they have been able to maintain the two-day turnaround during all times.

Completion Center Manager Amy Klohn gave an update on the NCTC First Year Experience Course that ran for the first time during the Fall 2017 semester. The purpose of the course is to educate new NCTC students on the resources available to them, including tutoring, library services, email and more. This fall there were 1,297 students enrolled in this course. There was an 86% pass rate among students and Klohn read some positive feedback from students who completed the course. For Spring 2018, they are projecting enrollment of at least 800 students.

Vice Chancellor of Fiscal Affairs Dr. Neighbors gave a financial report to the board, reporting normal fiscal activity and Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Debbie Sharp gave an External Funding report to the board.

Sharp noted several fund-raising events that have been held this year, including a mini-golf tournament and the annual Dancing to the Stars event. Since 1986 the NCTC Foundation has awarded more than 20,000 scholarships valued at over $7.2 million. Sharp also mentioned a new Skills Development Fund Grant that is in the final contract phase through the Texas Workforce Commission that would provide training to Jostens, Inc. employees in Denton, Texas. The grant award is set for over $600,000 and would train 404 employees.

Finally, Dr. Elizabeth Howell presented her findings from her Ph.D. study, “Factors Impacting College Algebra Readiness: Pathways through Developmental Mathematics.” Howell found that there is a benefit to students enrolling full-time and having tutoring readily available to them. She suggested incentivizing full-time enrollment and adding resources for tutoring to make it available for fully online students.

There was no executive session and Regent Patsy Wilson was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.