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January 21, 2013

DACC to review bids for Hoopeston site

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees tonight will review bids and award contracts to begin renovations at the Hoopeston satellite campus site.

The college plans to open a satellite campus in time for the fall 2013 semester at the Hoopeston Regional Health Center Business Office, 847 E. Orange St.

DACC officials have acknowledged there is a large number of students from the north end of DACC’s district who have limited resources and possibly haven’t pursued higher education because they don’t have reliable transportation.

DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs has said her hope is that the satellite campus will reduce transportation time and the expense of traveling for students in the northern end of the college’s district.

The idea for a satellite campus was hatched in 2008 when Jacobs met with Hoopeston leaders who told her they were interested in a satellite DACC location.

DACC will lease the building from the Hoopeston Regional Health Center for a nominal fee. The walls between the small offices in the building will be torn down to create four large classrooms, including a computer lab and two restrooms.

Building renovations are expected to cost $150,000, while equipment should cost about $71,000 and operational costs, which will be covered by DACC, will be about $86,000.

The Hoopeston City Council voted unanimously in June to give DACC $30,000 from Tax Increment Financing district funds for the new Hoopeston campus.

The proposed course offerings will include general education courses including college transfer and career/technical classes, dual enrollment for students to earn college credits while still in high school, continuing education courses for enjoyment and exploring new interests, courses specially designed for seniors, English as a Second Language, adult education and contracted corporate and business training programs.

The satellite campus will be staffed by faculty who live in the northern part of the district.

The site is tentatively scheduled to be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Saturday offerings would depend on interest.

The trustees also will:

  • Hear a report from the college’s drama program.
  • Consider transferring monies from the working cash fund to the education fund and operation and maintenance fund.
  • Consider approving the proposed 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic calendars.
  • Consider the fiscal year 2013 supplemental capital equipment list.
  • Consider the retirement of Janet Westberg, director of health information technology.

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