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HCC seeks Vice President

Heartland Community College invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Continuing Education and Advancement.  This position is the chief continuing education and advancement officer of the College.

General responsibilities include providing executive leadership, direction and support for the planning and operations of the College’s following units:

  • Adult Education
  • Community Education
  • Customized Training
  • Development
  • Marketing
  • Governmental Relations

For additional information and application procedures, visit the Vice Presidential Search website.


Heartland Named Healthy Worksite

The Illinois Department of Public Health has recognized Heartland Community College for their worksite health promotion efforts. HCC has been designated as a healthy worksite and was one of six organizations in the state to receive a gold status. Part of the We Choose Health community transformation grant, the designation was created to engage employers throughout the state in worksite wellness best practices.

Heartland’s committee for worksite wellness formed in October 2012 and includes members from various departments throughout the College. Their vision is to ensure all dimensions of wellness are valued and intentionally integrated into the campus culture.

“We spent the first year researching workplace wellness and what initiatives we wanted to implement,” said committee chair, Josh Kauten. “What we found was pretty eye opening, especially the cost of doing nothing.”

Kauten was referring to a return on investment (ROI) calculator that shows the rising cost of healthcare and projected savings with a wellness program. “We took the state’s average smoking and obesity rates and calculated what the savings would be if we reduced the rates by 10 percent. By 2018, we could be saving an estimated $520,000 annually in total healthcare-related expenses.”

To be considered for recognition, an organization has to show it promotes and demonstrates various health and wellness initiatives such as healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle and disease management. Kauten highlighted some of the initiatives Heartland currently has in place for employees such as free access to the Fitness and Recreation Center, free community education classes and a comprehensive healthcare plan that includes coverage for mental and physical wellness.

Heartland also recently implemented flexible scheduling where employees can work with their supervisor to determine a schedule that promotes work/life balance.

According to committee member Amy Munson, this is just a small portion of what they hope to accomplish. “We want to continuously promote and celebrate healthy habits,” she said. “Wellness is more than working out, it’s all encompassing from stress relief to an office that is ergonomically sound. Our committee will continue striving to meet the wellness needs of Heartland employees.”

The College’s gold designation will last for three years. For more information about the Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation, visit http://www.wechoosehealth365.com/aspx/Public/Page.aspx?pid=18663.

Employees interested in joining the committee or submitting an idea can contact Josh Kauten at josh.kauten@heartland.edu or (309) 268-8432.


Normal Readiness Center Dedication

The Normal Readiness Center on the Heartland Community College campus is officially open.

Dedication of the center took place at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, December 14.

The 56,000 square-foot facility houses the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Illinois Army National Guard. The brigade includes search and extraction teams, chemical, nuclear and biological decontamination units, military police, firefighters and communications units. Twenty-two full-time and approximately 200 part-time service members will work out of the Readiness Center.

The center broke ground in March of 2013 and is a public-public partnership between the Illinois Army National Guard and Heartland Community College. The location was ideal for the guard because of easy access to major interstates and an airport.

Heartland will share 18,000 square feet of the facility with the guard. HCC will use the space during the week for law enforcement training, traffic safety school, truck driver training, first-responder training and continuing education classes.

In a news release, Heartland President Rob Widmer describes the partnership as a win-win. “The readiness center is a great addition to campus," he said. "This ... partnership affords the college use of additional classrooms and parking for students and provides the Army National Guard the opportunity to access existing campus classroom, meeting and fitness resources.”

Portions of this story courtesy of The Pantagraph.