MCC Board Meeting Report: Nov. 17, 2008

Green initiatives, wellness, new construction and growth were the main topics discussed by the Manatee Community College (MCC) District Board of Trustees at its November 17, 2008, meeting held at MCC Venice.

Announcing, "The board is going green," MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner said, "This will be the last board meeting where trustees will receive a printed board packet by mail only. In December we will go hybrid, providing both printed and electronic packets on laptops for each board member, as a transition to paperless, all electronic board packets in 2009."

Board members expressed support for the change.

Trustees also learned that the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) will present a sustainability award to MCC at the annual statewide conference this month.

In official board action, trustees approved pursuing grant proposals for the Small Business Development Center and a National Science Foundation grant, "Creating a Pipeline of Technicians for Current and Emerging Technologies."

MCC Facilities Director David Wildes presented MCC's response to Gov. Charlie Crist's "Accelerate Florida" initiative designed to advance approved construction projects in an effort to spur the state's economy.

The state previously appropriated $7.9 in construction funds for the new Medical Technology and Simulation Building at MCC Lakewood Ranch. At today's meeting, trustees approved the budget for phase one of an accelerated schedule for construction. Wildes said, "We are moving up closing on the permitting and land (donated by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc.) to allow site work to start before the end of the year. By moving up the entire project by a few months, more money will circulate in the local economy a little faster and we will have a little more time to complete the project."

In other announcements, the board learned that two candidates for vice president of academic quality and success had visited MCC in recent weeks and that the search is expected to conclude soon.

Hafner shared that MCC's wellness initiatives earned a gold-level award in the American Heart Association's (AHA) Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition Program. MCC is one of just five local businesses included in a list of award-winners in the October issue of Forbes magazine in a special section, "The Healthy Workplace.

Trustees were reminded that Dec. 4 is the date of the inauguration ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the grand opening of the new Music and Theatre Building and a taste of the arts reception showcasing MCC's Fine and Performing Arts programs.

Trustees were reminded that Dec. 9 is the changed date of next month's board meeting. At that meeting, Hafner announced, he will discuss various new initiatives and plans begun in the past six months and the progress in completing those initiatives.

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