By TRAVIS MORSE
---- — INA — The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees Tuesday approved hiring a director for the newly developed Area Health Education Center program.
In a unanimous vote, the board ratified the appointment of Kelli Hill-Stover for the position.
She will be considered a temporary, full-time employee and her salary will be funded with federal dollars. RLC created her position in the wake of the college becoming a Regional AHEC Center.
“We've got the director so we're ready to hit the ground running,” said RLC President Terry Wilkerson.
The AHEC program will give area high school and middle school students the chance to work toward a career in the medical field. It is made possible through a partnership between RLC and Allied Health.
Specifically, AHEC will offer job shadowing and internship opportunities, as well as scholarships.
As director, Hill-Stover will administer the program and visit area classrooms to encourage students to get involved.
The ultimate goal of AHEC is to get more young people interested in a career in rural health care.
“We chose this individual based on their talent and ability to do outreach,” Wilkerson said of Hill-Stover. “She's been involved in different health fair camps and things like that with kids and getting them interested in health care to begin with. So she has that kind of experience to get us started.”
In addition Tuesday, the RLC Board approved its 2013 tax levy, payable in 2014, and its fiscal year 2014 budget.
The total 2013 levy is $4,823,940, down from the 2012 levy of $4,825,777.
Early on at Tuesday's meeting, board members also got a first look at the new 30-second TV commercial produced for the college.
The ad is very fast-paced and set to a driving rock soundtrack. It illustrates the different careers an RLC graduate could have.
Chad Copple, director of marketing and public information for RLC, said college officials hope the new commercial will make a strong impression on viewers.
“Our previous advertisements, they weren't poor quality or anything, they just blended in with everything else,” Copple said. “I think this will stand out.”
Other board actions Tuesday included:
n Approval of the resignations of Kristy Meagher and Lora Phillips as administrative assistants to community and corporate education.
n Approval of the termination of maintenance technician Norman Hopkins.
n Approval of the appointment of Lora Phillips as a medical coding instructor.
n Approval of the appointment of Melissa Bertschi as a cosmetology instructor.
n Approval of the appointments of Erin Morris and Whitney Chaudoin as administrative assistants for community and corporate education.
n Approval of the appointment of Margo Wagner as director of Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps.