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Feb. 25, 2015
HCC Board of Trustees back Resolution urging support of Community Colleges during February meeting
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on Feb. 24 for their monthly meeting. A resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly to support the state’s community colleges was unanimously passed. With its passage, the resolution now heads to state elected officials. By supporting the resolution, the HCC trustee board strongly urged the General Assembly to invest in North Carolina’s community colleges by:
  • Closing the salary gap for community college instructors and staff by allowing colleges to retain $59 million now returned to the state as part of management flexibility cuts and invest those funds in salaries
  • Closing the interest gap by appropriating $7 million in recurring funds over two years to establish a fund to match business, philanthropic and local funding to place community college-employed career coaches in high schools
  • Closing the technology gap by:
    • Appropriating $10 million in non-recurring funds for equipment to provide a significant infusion of funds to support equipment for programs leading to well-paying jobs
    • Appropriating $5 million in recurring funds to provide support to pilot up to nine colleges to move to a hosted “cloud” environment as required by State ITS which is expected to be more technically efficient and allow colleges to begin to move to a new platform
  • Authorizing year-round funding for Universal General Education Transfer Courses which transfer to all UNC constituent institutions
  • Supporting veterans and their dependents by funding in-state tuition for veterans and dependents as required by federal law
“I looked at faculty salary averages and we are 54th among the 58 institutions,” explained HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. “Some have higher salaries than we do, but if you remember, we had four or five years where we did not have any raises for anyone.”

Also, under the management flexibility measure that is being discussed to close the salary gap, Griffin added that during the two years when HCC experienced large enrollments, the College had to send back around $700,000 to the state. HCC sent back $400,000 last year and most recently, HCC has been asked to send back $103,000.

“This is money that we’ve already earned in FTE (full-time equivalency),” said Griffin. “I could understand it if we had lost it through not having the FTE…We had already earned that extra $700,000, but it went right back to the state. Consequently, we haven’t been able to give raises or do anything for our faculty and staff.”

In addition, Griffin shared the 2015 Community College Federal Legislative Priorities which include:
  • The Pell Grant Program: provide adequate funding to support inflationary increases to the Pell Grant maximum award limiting eligibility. Restore the year-round Pell Grant, reinstate full eligibility for “ability-to-benefit” students and extend lifetime Pell eligibility to full-time equivalent semester.
  • Federal Funding for Community Colleges and Students: provide strong funding support for key community college programs at least equal to the prior year’s funding levels and nullify sequestration cuts for FY 2016 and beyond.
  • Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization: reauthorize the HEA to support college access and success by improving student aid programs, ensuring accurate and complete measurements of student success, reducing regulatory burdens and improving institutional support.
  • Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act: reauthorize the Perkins Act to maintain program flexibility, allowing community colleges to address local needs while strengthening CTE programs.
  • Community Colleges and Veteran Students: enhance the essential role community colleges play in serving veterans and active duty community service members.
  • The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act: pass the DREAM Act, including access to federal student aid for DREAMERS.
  • Higher Education Tax Provisions: streamline current higher education tax benefits to support an expanded American Opportunity Tax Credit.
  • Extend the TAACCCT Program: authorize and fund a program to continue the mission of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT) program.
  • Federal Support for Community College Tuition: community colleges support the core principles of President Obama’s America’s College Promise proposal because it stands to increase community college student access and success, which would have substantial economic and social benefits for the nation.
HCC Director of Title III, Sponsored & Special Projects Dan Lovett presented an update on the U.S. Department of Education Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Formula grant. HCC has received more than $1.2 million in PBI funding and has provided matching funds of more than $459,000. Lovett discussed the array of projects, from 2010-15, that the funding has assisted with across campus. These include:
  • Facility/technology upgrades to the auditorium, rooms in Building 400 and 500, as well as classrooms in the Dr. Phillip W. Taylor Complex
  • Endowment matching fund contributions, providing $135,000 to the endowment fund
  • Educational equipment including welding and science equipment, library books, upgrades to industrial maintenance training equipment and software to enhance Blackboard
  • Director of Development position filled, resulting in $835,000 in grants for advanced manufacturing; $150,000 for the walking trail and $120,000 for the NC Back-to-Work grant
  • Community outreach, enrollment and retention initiatives including new student and parent orientations, accelerated summer enrichment programs, math and science camps, and community outreach/listening tours
  • Cultural activities including women’s conferences, men’s summits, a speaker series and lyceum events
  • Campus security including classroom locks and an emergency alert system
  • Faculty/professional development including Leadership Institute classes, grant management training, enhancement of Learning Communities and professional development workshops
Griffin also talked about the economic value of HCC as described in a recent economic impact study. The study shows that HCC’s payroll amounted to $11.4 million during the analysis year (2012-13). The net impact of the College’s operations in the service area was about $13.3 million in added regional income, which is equivalent to creating 359 jobs.

Over the years, the accumulated contribution of alumni currently employed in the service area workforce amounted to $56.8 million in regional income, which is equivalent to creating 1,197 new jobs.

“That shows you the value over time and the investment really is paying off,” said Griffin. The added regional income of $70.1 million created by HCC is equal to about 5.2 percent of the total gross regional product of the HCC service area and is equivalent to creating 1,556 new jobs.

Updates were also provided on the nursing program, Basic Skills Plus Program proposal, default prevention management plan, GEAR UP for College Success Summer Bridge Program, Women of Excellence Conference, financial reports, HCC’s social media policy, Brick-by-Brick Campaign, calendar of events, campus happenings and Student Government Association activities.
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Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239