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September 18, 2013

NCTC regents meeting: Nichols shows support for bond

Special to the Register

A Gainesville city official recently threw his support behind the $14.8 million North Central Texas College bond.

Mayor pro temp Ray Nichols spoke in favor of the bond during the open forum presentation at the North Central Texas College (NCTC) Regents meeting Monday.

Nichols said the passage of the bond would have a positive impact on future students.

“If we invest the time and monies needed to educate the next generation, then they can grow and thrive into a generation of leaders, thinkers and voters who will pay it forward into the future,” Nichols said.

The proposed bond would greatly enhance training in the health science field, he said, adding trained health care professionals will be needed in the next few years especially as the baby boomer generation ages into senior citizens.

Nichols also noted the bond will help bolster the college’s welding and CNC machinery training programs.

The program helps provide a competent workforce for incoming manufacturing groups, he said.

“I applaud NCTC for listening and providing that training of outstanding students to fill these work force needs,” he continued.

The $14.8 million bond election referendum will take place on Nov. 5.

Other matters covered during the board meeting including the approval of contractors for two projects on the Gainesville campus.

Mart Inc. was chosen to provide repairs to the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts.  The contract for $98,400 will be paid from a mediation settlement with the original contractor.

In addition, the board approved Links, Inc. as the contractor to demolish the 300 building with a contract for $172,000. Demolition should begin later this month with a completion date of mid November.

Other action items included approval of an Associate of Applied Science degree in surgical technology effective January 2013.  NCTC currently has a Level 1 certificate technical program in this field. The new 60- hour degree program will provide a choice for students  to choose the existing certification program or to take additional courses in completing the Associate’s program.

New $10 fees per section were approved for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment . The three sections include reading, writing, mathematics. The TSI assessment replaces the COMPASS and THEA tests previously approved.

Enrollment at all campuses totaled a record high of 10,320 students this fall. Residence halls on campus were reported at 100 percent capacity.

New staff members included Natalie Rose as coordinator of foundation and alumni relations and Rose Smith for skills development grant coordinator for Zodiac Aerospace. The resignation of Maria Cecilia Salisbury as Spanish instructor was approved effective December 31.


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