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MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is scheduled tonight to consider accepting the donation of two robots from the former General Electric Mattoon Lamp Plant.

Jacqueline Joines, executive director for College Advancement, reported in a memo to the board that one of the robots is a 2008 Adept S800 valued at $10,000 and the other is a 1997 Fanuc F 34128 valued at $1,850.

“These gifts were received by the (Lake Land) Foundation thanks to the efforts of Bonnie Moore, director to Center for Business & Industry,” Joines said. “This equipment will be used for training purposes.”

The Mattoon Lamp Plant, 1501 S. 19th St., used a variety of Lake Land workforce training programs over the years prior to GE Lighting closing this facility on Aug. 11.

GE Lighting spokeswoman Andrea Vullo wrote in a letter to Joines that given the long-standing relationship with Lake Land, the plant wished to donate the two robots. She said the intent is for the robots to help educate students and promote manufacturing and technology.

“The GE Lighting team appreciates your workforce development partnership over the years, and hopes this in-kind contribution can continue to drive innovation at Lake Land into the future,” Vullo said.

In other matters, the board will considering renewing the college’s worker’s compensation policy for 2018. Bryan Gleckler, vice president for business services, reported in a memo that the college recently received the renewal rates for its policy with Illinois Public Risk Fund for 2018.

“The renewal rate reflects a 7.28 percent increase in premium costs to the college as compared to the expiring rate,” Gleckler said. “However, if the expiring rate was adjusted to our current payroll levels, the increase is only 2.16 percent.”

As part of this renewal, the college also qualifies for a $13,000 safety grant from the Illinois Public Risk Fund. The grant can be used to enhance safety throughout campus.

Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Webb Hall 081 Other actions that the board will consider taking include:

-- Purchasing a med dispense machine for $31,116 from Pocket Nurse Enterprises of Monaca, Penn for the Allied Health Division associate’s degree and practical nurse programs.

-- Hiring Dean Drainage of Mattoon for $18,350 to install a 30-foot tile pattern in the 11 acre Field “F” on the west side of the college’s land lab.

-- Abating real estate taxes related to an enterprise zone extension for Fayette County. The in-district communities that would be included in this extension application are Brownstown, St. Elmo and Ramsey.

-- Approving the creation of a Collegiate Farm Bureau club on campus.

-- Accepting a $14,000 Growing Agricultural Science Teachers Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to promote the profession of agriculture education through recruitment and retention activities.


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