Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
CARLISLE – Recently, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) and Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute celebrated the graduation of male non-violent offenders from Ivy Tech welding and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programs.
This workforce training partnership between the IDOC and Ivy Tech Community College was established in 2018 as part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda to provide offenders with high-wage, high-demand jobs, upon release. Employers who hire ex-offenders are eligible for up to a $10,000 federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit per new hire.
Ten offenders earned their American Welding Society (AWS) and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) qualifications, as well as their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certifications. Seven offenders earned their National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications through the Ivy Tech Workplace Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) training program.
The welding class ran five days a week for three weeks. At the graduation Capt. M. Voigtschild spoke on behalf of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF). He encouraged the graduates to pursue a better future through the new doors that are now open to them.
When asked about the program and how it was received by the offenders, Ivy Tech Welding Instructor Aaron McCollum said the graduates were very dedicated, hardworking and employable. graduate Chris Fox said he turned down the opportunity to be released on house arrest in order to complete the training program. He continued that he knows the certifications will help him going forward and thus allow him to be more a part of his loved ones’ lives.
The CNC class ran five days a week for seven weeks. At the graduation Warden D. Brown spoke on behalf of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF). He shared with each graduate that their initiative and dedication had brought them to this day and going forward they should continue to find success if they show the same initiative.
When asked about the graduates Ivy Tech CNC Instructor Marquis Songer said each graduate passed all three required exams on the first attempt. He said, “All of these men are very intelligent and capable of doing great things with their future.”
Fox, from the Welding Cohort, had an interview with a welding company on June 28, as did graduate Negovan. The company informed the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility of their intent to hire both individuals upon release, provided they pass the remaining requirements.
Upon hearing this very welcome news Warden Brown commented, “We appreciate businesses willing to step up to help change the future of not only the graduates, but also the communities to which they are returning.”
Indiana State University
The Indiana State University Board of Trustees approved a new tuition and fees schedule and operating budgets at its meeting Friday.
Tuition for an in-state full-time undergraduate student will increase 1.65 percent to $4,518 a semester in 2019-20, a $73 uptick per semester over last year. The cost for the same student in 2020-21 is $4,593 per semester, a $115 increase that includes a $40 health and wellness fee proposed by the ISU Student Government Association (SGA).
The fee for the Student Rec Center remains unchanged at $100 per semester.
”Indiana State University strives to maintain an affordable opportunity for students pursuing a quality higher education experience,” said President Deborah Curtis. “In partnership with these efforts, we work very hard to provide the support and services that help keep students on the path to completing an ISU degree. We will continue to limit increases in cost to our students, as much as possible, by way of enhanced efficiencies and strategic fiscal management.”
Trustees received public comments at a tuition hearing on June 5. Incoming SGA president Madison Longyear spoke in support of the proposed health and wellness fee. Last spring, students voted in favor of a referendum to add a $75 fee, which would be used to increase mental health services and prevention programming.
A reduced fee of $40 was approved by the board of trustees, as it was determined after further analysis that a reduced per-semester fee allows the university to maintain its commitment to affordability and assist in meeting Sycamores’ health and wellness needs.
Revenue projected for the 2019-20 General Fund budget totals $188,946,000, as compared to $195,300,000 in 2018-19, said Diann McKee, senior vice president of finance and administration and treasurer for Indiana State. The change in revenue comes primarily from a general student fee increase for resident and nonresident students, a decrease in projected tuition revenue and an increase in operating appropriation.
The state’s net operating appropriation, inclusive of a student success line item, increased by $3,085,490 from the 2018-19 level. The 2017 Indiana General Assembly appropriated a separate allocation of $2,350,000 dedicated to student success initiatives that was built into the base operating appropriation beginning in the 2019-20 fiscal year.
Overall, student tuition represents 51.8 percent of the total general fund revenues, and 43.7 percent comes from state appropriations, including operating and academic debt service appropriations.
“An increase in state support through the Performance Funding Formula, internal budget adjustments and a modest increase in tuition allows the university to continue to provide a quality education for Hoosier students,” McKee said. “We are grateful for the continued support by the Indiana General Assembly and in particular our local legislators, who are tremendous advocates for Indiana State University.”
Indiana State’s 2019-20 operating budget contains a projected 1.5 percent across-the-board increase for employees with good performance. Criteria for any salary adjustments will be determined once enrollment numbers are known for the fall 2019 semester and an assessment of overall budgetary conditions has been made.
The budget also reflects a 1.5 percent increase in student wages and a 2 percent increase in university scholarships.
In other business, the board:
• Authorized university officials to secure approval of the final plan of financing for the sale of Indiana State University Housing and Dining System Revenue Bond, Series 2019. Trustees previously approved a $16,800,000 renovation of Sycamore Dining as the final phase of a comprehensive renovation of the Sycamore Towers complex. Funding for the project is from dining capital reserves and bond proceeds.
Renovations are underway with a completion date of spring 2020. All state approvals have been secured with the final plan of financing, subject to the approval of the Indiana Finance Authority and state budget director.
The Housing and Dining System Revenue Bond Series 2019 also includes the current refunding of Series 2009B resulting in a savings of $400,804. The par amount of the refunded bonds is $7,400,000 in principal that matures from April 1, 2020, to April 1, 2027. The refunding does not extend the life of the debt.
• Approved a request to seek authorization for the following projects totaling $1,504,289 from state’s repair and rehabilitation appropriation as follows:
Root Hall roof replacement $1,200,000; Holmstedt Hall roof and flashing repairs $50,000; building system repairs $50,000; masonry restoration $154,289; sidewalk repairs $50,000.
• Recognized the service of Trustees David C. Campbell and Andrew Case, whose terms are ending this month. Campbell has served on the board since 2011, and has served as its chair (2015 to 2018), vice chair (2014 to 2015) and secretary (2012 to 2014). Case has served as the student trustee from 2017 to 2019.
• Approved the slate of Board of Trustees officers for 2019-2020, effective July 1, as follows:
· Chair: Jeff Taylor
· Vice Chair: Kathleen Cabello
· Secretary: Kim Smith
· Assistant Secretary: Edward Pease
· University Treasurer: Diann McKee
· Trustee to serve as ex-officio member of the ISU Foundation Board: Smith
· Smith will additionally chair the Finance Committee, with Randall Minas and Taylor serving as members.
The board is scheduled to meet next for its annual retreat Aug. 1-2 in Indianapolis.
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