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ROTC Coming to Kaskaskia College. Pictured are KC President Dr. Jim Underwood, Skylar Danks, Brennan Wilde, Michael Porch, Scholarship and Enrollment Office for SIUE/ROTC; Susan Batchelor, Vice President of Student Services for KC; and Bill Hawley, Chairman of the KC Board of Trustees.

Army ROTC and Two New Horticulture Certificate Program Coming To Kaskaskia College

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Kaskaskia College Board will soon offer the Army ROTC Program and two new one-year certificate programs in the area of Horticulture.   

Vice President of Student Services Susan Batchelor says they have entered an agreement with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville to provide the Reserve Officer's Training Corp.  "We're have an opportunity for students to start at KC and work on their degree and then also participate in military science course where they can prepare, if they chose, as they get to be junior and seniors at SIU-E to be commissioned officers in the Army," said Batchelor.

The courses are designed to develop leadership and self-confidence and will offer students the opportunity for scholarships, leadership training and career opportunities after graduation.  

The two new horticulture programs are for Landscape and Turfgrass Operations and Greenhouse and Nursery Production.  Vice President of Instructional Service Greg Labyak says the program will prepared students with basic skills for entry level positions.  "It will be a credential for somebody who is particularly interested in working in the nurseries and turf grass, in a variety of settings.  Those are specialties for which there is considerable demand in our area.  That will give them an entry point and will hopefully encourage them to go on at some point for an associates degree in the field because all of the courses in the both of those certificates are already in the program," said Labyak.

The board approved it's tentative budget for the coming year.  It totals $28.8-million dollars, an increase of 4.86% over this year's budgets.   The college is projecting enrollment will remain stable at around 12,000 students and credit hours to grow slightly to around 110,000.   The budget is now on public view at the Office of the Vice President of Administrative Services.   

The board approved a 3.5% salary increase for the staff.  Faculty will also receive a step increase on the salary scale.  Staff at the Centralia Correctional Center will receive a 3% increase as outlined in the Department of Corrections budget.

The board hired Carrie Hancock of Centralia as Financial Aid Advisor/Coordinator of Veterans Services and accepted the resignation of Nic Farley as Network Manager.   

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