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June 21, 2014

DACC eyes lab equipment purchase

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College board of trustees on Tuesday will consider a bid to purchase a production system for the college’s new mechatronics lab.

DEPCO of Pittsburg, Kansas, made the only qualified bid for the equipment at $197,212.

DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs said the equipment cost will be covered by a federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant in the amount of $400,000 over three years.

The grant also will cover the pay and benefits for one faculty member in the mechatronics lab.

The proposed mechatronics system may be used as stand-alone stations or in a production line setup. The system will develop teamwork, cooperation, learning skills, independence and organizational ability as well as be used to teach solution-finding skills to manufacturing problems.

The particular system was selected by DACC’s Manufacturing Advisory Committee.

“They did look at more than one system, and this one met the needs of what local employers are looking for,” Jacobs said.

“It’s certainly a great addition that will allow us to have state-of-the-art equipment for the students to work on,” she said.

Also on Tuesday, the board will:

• Hear a report from the business and technology division.

• Consider approving the fiscal year 2016 resources allocation and management plan (RAMP) so that it may be submitted to the Illinois Community College Board by July 1. At its May meeting, the DACC trustees discussed the RAMP, which includes the campus’ master plan priority project list that provides an annual update of the estimated project costs, funding information and revenues as of May 2014. The list is updated every year before it is submitted to the ICCB.

The campus’ master plan includes remodeling and building an addition at the Clock Tower Center, rehabilitating the ornamental horticulture facility, creating a campus storage facility and repairing the parking lots at Tillman Avenue and Baumgart Street.

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