By TRAVIS MORSE firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — 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.
“It's a state-mandated policy,” Palmer said.
The policy only allows firearms in the campus parking lot and on the shooting range. They are not permitted in classrooms or educational buildings, Palmer said.
In addition, the policy requires carriers to comply with all federal laws concerning the storage of weapons in vehicles and the transporting of firearms, Palmer said.
The RLC Board plans to formally approve the policy when a second reading is held next month.
Other board actions Tuesday included:
n Appointment of Holly Heisner as a Clinical Coordinator of the Radiologic Technology program.
n Extension of the temporary full-time employment of Music Instructor Amber Williamson through the spring semester of 2014.
n Appointment of Kathy Carr as a Subsidized Child Care Specialist for Project CHILD.
n Creation of the position of Administrative Assistant for the Mining and Industrial Department.
n Approval of revisions to board policy related to nepotism, tuition waivers, campus security and community use of college facilities. The nepotism and security revisions were on a second reading while the other two were on a first reading.
n Approval of the curriculum for the Linux Networking certificate under the IT Systems Specialist program.
n Approval of 18 new nursing courses.