HOLBROOK — As preparations intensify for the start of fall classes, the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board renewed several partnership agreements during the June 17 regular monthly meeting in Holbrook.
The board quickly accepted a five-year agreement with the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) to continue offering vocational training for area high school students. The cost of program delivery is equally shared between NAVIT and Northland Pioneer College. Both parties annually review the list of programs and courses offered.
NAVIT provides this vocational training to qualified high school students at no cost. Many students have received their NPC associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma. The state legislature now prohibits NAVIT from offering the general education courses needed for the two-year college degree.
In response, NPC is launching a College Bound scholarship program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll tuition free in up to seven credits of college general education credits per semester. Students are still responsible for any textbooks, course and general fees. For details, visit www.npc.edu/CollegeBound.
“The College Bound scholarships will greatly benefit our students and their parents,” NAVIT Superintendent Matt Weber told the NPC board. “We couldn’t offer the programs we do without NPC,” he added.
A dual enrollment agreement with Northern Arizona University will allow NPC nursing students to complete their associate and bachelor’s nursing degrees at the same time. “This accelerated program is not intended for a majority of our nursing students,” noted Mark Vest, vice president for Learning and Student Services. The State Board of Nursing just recently approved program.
The theory courses required for the BSN can be completed online. “NAU has aligned their coursework with ours to make this a true 90-30 program,” explained Peg Erdman, NPC’s dean of Nursing and Allied Health programs. Students complete 90 credits at NPC, with only 30 additional upper division credits required through NAU. “This will be a tremendous benefit and cost savings to our nursing students,” Erdman told the board.
A renewed agreement to offer services in Apache County was also approved. The agreement, which still needs to be approved by the Apache County Board of Supervisors, calls for an annual analysis to ensure no Navajo County taxpayer funds are used to provide services at Apache County locations.
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In other action, the board awarded a $149,487.84 contract to ACE Asphalt of Arizona for pavement maintenance projects at the Painted Desert, Silver Creek and Little Colorado campuses and Hopi and Whiteriver centers. The contract calls for repairs, crack sealing, slurry sealing, repining wheel stops and restriping of pavement markings.
A separate contract was issued to Hatch Industries to crack seal, fog seal and restripe the 10-acre driving track and parking areas at the Northeast Arizona Training Center (Jake Flake Emergency Services Institute), in Taylor. State appropriations designated for NATC will be used to cover the contract, which is not to exceed $35,000.
The board also authorized a $73,500 contract with DLR Group to design, develop contract documents and oversee replacement of the roof and roof top mechanical units for the Blunk Health Sciences building on the Winslow campus and for the Whiteriver Center. A separate contract for the actual construction will be presented to the board at a later date.
A professional roof survey and inspection found multiple fractures and splits in the roofing membrane at both locations. The Durolast single ply material is at the end of its useful life. The heating, ventilation and cooling systems, which use a water circulating process, on both buildings are also nearing the end of their lifecycle.
Funds for the design and roof and mechanical replacement have been saved into a capital reserve fund. This avoids having to seek loans or taxpayer-approved bonds for major repair or improvement projects.
Following a 25-minute executive session for the annual presidential evaluation, the board voted unanimously to extend President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout’s contract, with a two percent salary adjustment matching that of other college employees.
During board reports, Vice President Blaine Hatch reported on the college’s financial status, which is on track for both revenues and expenses. “I’m anticipating operating expenditures to be close to 92 percent of the projected budget at the end of the fiscal year,” Hatch told the board.
Margaret White presented a review of the past year’s projects for the Classified and Administrative Staff Organization (CASO). The group’s annual collection of nonperishable items to be donated to local charities will be during the fall convocation on Aug. 11. The group’s candy bar sales continue to fund NPC student scholarships.
Dean of Students Jake Hinton introduced new student activities coordinator Joshua Rogers, who will also be the academic adviser at the Snowflake campus.
Following adjournment of the regular meeting, the board met in a retreat with executive staff members to discuss the strategic plan, the Northeast Arizona Training Center and the board’s self-evaluation. No action was taken during the retreat.
The board traditionally does not meet in July. However a brief teleconference may be conducted to address necessary business. No date has been set for that meeting.
The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 19, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Tiponi Community Center on the Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd. Copies of the agenda are posted online at least 24 hours in advance.
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