INA — The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees Tuesday appointed Charlotte Henry as director of a new Health Information Technology Program, soon to be launched on campus.
Currently, the degree program in question is offered through the college at the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market facility in Herrin.
Starting this fall, however, RLC will bring the program to its main campus in Ina, making it more convenient for students, said Kim Robert, dean of Allied Health at RLC.
“It is a field that has been around for years, but with the changes in health care we’re beginning to see more growth in that area,” Robert said of Health Information. “It also helps our students by making it easier. They’re not driving all the way down to Herrin. They just have to drive to the main campus.”
Henry will oversee the new on-campus program once it launches this fall. She was appointed director at Tuesday night’s meeting of the RLC Board.
Henry was hired on a full-time basis at an annual salary of $55,000. Her effective date of employment is April 21.
Robert said the program offers a two-year, associate and applied science degree in Health Information.
Students with such a degree often pursue careers working with electronic records at hospitals or doctor’s offices, Robert said.
Terry Wilkerson, RLC president, said it seemed like the best choice to bring the Health Information program to the Ina campus.
“It’s going to benefit our students, it’s going to save their travel time,” Wilkerson said. “There’s a strong job outlook, from what we’re seeing, for it. We want to keep good opportunities for our students.”
Henry is a 25-year veteran of the Health Information field, states an RLC news release.
Robert said Henry also has instructional experience, having taught at RLC for two years on a part-time basis.