Neosho County Community College’s fall enrollment numbers aren’t up, but aren’t as bad as some other community colleges, said President Dr. Brian Inbody at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

In the 20th day preliminary fall enrollment report, NCCC is down 3.45 percent.

Neosho’s headcount of 1,907 was off by 3.69 percent, which is close to the state average decline at 3.07 percent.

“Other institutions are having a worse time,” Inbody said. “The slow decline of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) students continues to happen. No one knows what enrollment should look like in Kansas when unemployment is at 3.3 percent, since it has not been that low since 1999. Fall 2000, when unemployment was 3.6 percent, on opening day we had an enrollment of 11,720 credit hours. This year with unemployment at 3.3 percent in Kansas, we were at 15,905 on opening day. So our base enrollment has grown quite a bit over the last 19 years.”

Inbody reported that scores for the latest attempt to get Title III funds were received on Monday. NCCC scored 103.67 out of a possible 106 points. Unfortunately, the lowest scores to receive the grants were 106, a perfect score. In fact, the government stated that it had to turn to “tie breaker” items in the financial data of the institutions to award the limited number of grants. 

“Our grant writer is aware of a college getting funded with less than a 106 (105.33). This means that we were less than two points away from getting funded,” Inbody said. “Our score of 103.67 is a marked improvement over last competition’s score. We will have another attempt to be funded next year as this is often a two-year competition.”

The employee earning the Ben Smith Service Award in September is Kyle Seufert, director of facilities. 

“Kyle puts in long hours and keeps the college functioning through lighting strikes, storm water, and worst of all, renovation projects,” Inbody said. “Kyle is one of the hardest-working employees on campus I know. He is dedicated to taking care of the facilities and needs of the employees.”

Seufert will receive a trophy and a $500 stipend.

The Trustees also honored Cathy Gordon who won Kansas Art Educator of the Year.

Trustees reviewed the revised Children in the Workplace Policy. This was a first reading and no action will be made until the next scheduled board meeting, if at all. 

With the college being closed during the holiday break from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, the January board meeting will be Jan. 13 at 5:30 pm.

In personnel:

Karla Williamson was hired as part-time switchboard/office services clerk. Bill Mitchell was hired as part-time groundskeeper.  An executive session consultation with attorney was held, after which no action was taken.


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