MT. VERNON — Rend Lake College took a major step toward implementing a sizable federal grant Tuesday by hiring two new Health Studies employees.
The RLC Board of Trustees appointed Mollie Bremer as a Title III Health Studies Support Coordinator and Morgan Gravatt as a Title III Project Assistant.
Both positions are being funded through a Title III Pathways to Success in Health Careers Grant, worth up to $2.25 million over a five-year period.
The federal grant is designed to help RLC increase its number of Health Studies degrees and certificates awarded, and to boost overall enrollment and enrollment-based revenue.
“Rend Lake College is excited to welcome Mollie Bremer and Morgan Gravatt to our team to work with the Title III (grant),” said Dean of Allied Health Kim Robert in a written statement. “Ms. Bremer and Ms. Gravatt are exceptional candidates for their new positions, and we look forward to jumping into our plans for the $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.”
Both employees were hired on a temporary full-time basis.
Bremer was appointed at a salary of $32,600. Gravatt was hired out of 13 applicants at a salary of $28,000.
The Title III grant will allow RLC to make some major changes to its Allied Health Division. This will include starting new programs, purchasing equipment and launching an Allied Health Student Success Center.
In addition, the grant will fund a new Anatomy and Physiology lab, curricula revisions, and the development of new Health Studies advising and tutoring systems and a Health Studies Success Center.
Also on Tuesday, the RLC Board held a first reading of a new policy regarding the concealed carry of firearms on campus.
ReAnne Palmer, a public information specialist for the college, said the guidelines are necessary for RLC to be in compliance with the new state concealed carry law.