August Board Meeting Welcomed New Faculty, Approved 2020 Benefits Options, and Updates on Construction

August 20, 2019

The August TCC Board of Regents meeting welcomed new full-time faculty to the College with the start of the fall semester, approved benefits options for employees and provided updates on numerous construction projects and upcoming projects.

With the approval of the 2020 employee and retiree insurance benefits and premiums, the board noted the 13% increase to the College for health insurance which equates to roughly $1 million more from the previous year. While costing the College more, it was noted one of the health insurance plans would cost a great deal less for employees and their families. One option for covering an employee’s family is under $500 per month compared to the current $870 which is a $4,560 yearly savings to cover a spouse and children.

“TCC is significantly supplementing dependent premiums on one plan as an incentive to put an employee’s spouse or children on the plan. By making it affordable to our employees we hope to add to the number of insured on our plans. It lowers the expenses per member which helps the College spread the risk and absorb the cost much more effectively keeping future premiums reasonable,” said Sandy Cooper, TCC chief human resource officer.

Other highlights:

Regents approved the renaming of the Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic Lab classroom 127 as the “Suzanne Reese PT Lab Classroom.”

College officials met with GH2 to develop plans for the West Campus Student Success Center with the hope to issue construction documents in mid-to-late fall with construction underway by end of year.

The Southeast Campus Student Success and Career Center is open.

Classes will begin this fall in the Metro Campus Chemistry and Biology Labs as finishing work and punch lists are completed.

TCC is expected to begin taking construction bids in late fall for work related to the Conference Center move.

During the Student Success Update, Laneisha Hughes, Yari Cabrera Westerheidy, and Cheala Green shared what the TRIO Student Support Services program means to them and how it has helped. The TRIO SSS program released numbers showing last year’s students performing above the national requirement for the program.

Fall-to-fall persistence

  • Requirement: 55%, TCC: 81%

Students in good standing

  • Requirement 75%, TCC: 93%

Completion – graduation or certificate

  • Requirement: 25%, TCC: 42%

Completion and transfer

  • Requirement: 15%, TCC: 27%