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September 21, 2013

DACC board to consider budget, set tax levy


Julius W. Hegeler II, who has served on the DACC Foundation board for 24 years, pledged to donate $100,000 each year to fund the interest payment on the $3 million bond issuance for the project.

Hegeler also arranged for a planned gift of $3 million to the foundation upon his death. Because of his large gift to the college, the addition to the technology center will bear the name of Julius W. Hegeler II Advanced Technology Center.

“We are grateful to Mr. Hegeler for making it possible for the project to take place,” Jacobs said. “We’ve added so many programs and so many students, the addition is really needed.”

n Consider bids to construct and equip the technology center addition. The total of all bids is about $273,000 lower than the project cost estimate.

“It means we’ll have extra funds for unforeseen occurrences,” Jacobs said of the lower bids.

The bids under consideration for approval are the general contractor bid from Schomburg & Schomburg Construction of Danville for $1,262,428.77, the plumbing contractor bid from Venture Mechanical of Danville for $167,622, the electrical contractor bid from Glesco Electric of Urbana for $212,780, the mechanical contractor bid from Davis-Houk Mechanical of Urbana for $449,750 and the fire protection bid from Automatic Fire Sprinkler of Normal for $26,260.

n Consider approving the 2013-2016 strategic plan titled “Moving Forward Together.”

Jacobs said the draft is the culmination of the strategic planning sessions the college conducted last year with community, student and staff focus groups.

“The plan was written from the input we received from the stakeholder groups,” she said.

n Learn that the Central Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Partnership — which encompasses 19 counties, six workforce area and six community colleges — was awarded a $960,250 Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

n Learn the college’s advanced certified nursing assistant certificate program has been approved by the Illinois Community College System.

n Learn the college has been awarded a $52,000 adult volunteer literacy grant from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

n Learn the college’s adult education department’s Accelerating Opportunity Project has received a $62,500 grant from the Illinois Community College System to continue the program for a third year.

COMING UP The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the DACC Board Room, Vermilion Hall 302.

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