WSCC board to consider new Digital Literacy Program

SCOTTVILLE — Members of the West Shore Community College Board of Trustees are expected to receive a report at the 4 p.m. meeting on Monday on the new Digital Literacy Program.

WSCC president Scott Ward asked dean of arts and science Dr. Brooke Portmann, chair of communications and professor of English and Education Sean Henne and professor of humanities John Wolff to present the program to the board.

The college is considering offering an associate of arts degree in digital literacy and is working with the University of Michigan.  The program would allow WSCC students an easy opportunity to transfer to the U-M School of Information to seek out an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Information.

Ward told the board in a memo that he feels this will be a great opportunity for WSCC students.

“I am excited to present a new degree that addresses one of the most sought after attributes in graduates’ communications skills,” said Ward. “Not only will students be able to immediately use this degree in the workplace, but they can also transfer all the credits to the University of Michigan.”

Board members will also be asked at Monday’s meeting to take care of some required yearly business that includes approving the estimated taxes and appropriation necessary for fiscal year 2018-19. The numbers to be considered are:

• Property tax operations: $6,560,843;

• Property tax capital: $2,977,758; and

• State allocation: $2,502,780.

Board members will also be given a reminder that the April 16 meeting will be taking place at 5 p.m. at the Onekama Consolidated School building.

Ward and trustee Mike Ennis will also be delivering a report to the board on the activities of the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). The MCCA follows activities of the Michigan legislature pertaining to community colleges.

Another report coming to the board  from Ward will be a draft version of the strategic plan that the board will be reviewing.

Trustee James Jensen is expected to bring the financial statements before the board for the month of February. The general fund statements are for $907,870 and the auxiliary fund expenditures to be considered are for $90,142.

“The financials were favorably reviewed by the board admin

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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