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Trustees approve Cybersecurity, Medical Assistant programs

The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees approved a Cybersecurity Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Cybersecurity Certificate B, and Medical Assistant Certificate C program options during the regularly scheduled meeting on June 14.

Cybersecurity

The Board approved a Certificate B and an AAS option in Cybersecurity. Currently, GCCC has a Certificate A in Computer Support Specialist and Associate in Applied Science transfer pathways in Cybersecurity as well as general Computer Science.

With the goal of expanding to better meet the needs of the Kansas workforce with additional shorter-term exit points, the following is planned:

  • The Certificate B is a 31-credit, two-semester sequence of courses that builds in part on the Computer Support Specialist option, providing students basic information about information security.
  • The AAS option is a full, 64-credit, two-year sequence of courses that builds on the Certificate B option. Students within these programs would be prepared for multiple industry-recognized certifications including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA ITF+, and CompTIA Data+.

Some courses in this program are already being offered, and the ability to package them within this institutional credential is proposed to be available to students starting Fall 2022.

GCCC will submit a formal application for program approval to the Kansas Board of Regents in July.

Medical Assistant Program

The Board approved the creation of a Medical Assistant program. GCCC has been contacted by area healthcare providers to consider providing a Medical Assistant program, as the medical field’s reliance on Medical Assistants, particularly in rural Southwest Kansas, has increased.

The Board approved the Medical Assistant Certificate C program option. This program would provide a three-semester, 48-credit sequence, combining college-level English and Math courses with additional courses such as Nurse Aide, Medical Professional Issues, Laboratory Diagnostics and Phlebotomy, and Clinical Medical Assisting and Minor Procedures, among others.

Students who complete this program would be prepared to seek industry recognition as a Registered Medical Assistant through an examination by the American Medical Technologists organization.

Some courses in this program are already being offered, and the ability to package them within this institutional credential is proposed to be available to students starting Spring of 2023.

GCCC will submit a formal application for program approval to the Kansas Board of Regents in July.

In other business, the Board:

  • Approved the migration from on-premises servers to cloud hosting servers for all software and data across campus. Currently, GCCC has 17 on-premises servers to host software, and the 18-month timeframe to transition to Ellucian cloud-hosted servers will bring many benefits, such as enhanced security, decreased staff time for maintenance, and increased data analytics tools.
  • Approved a five-year contract for $2,752,460 utilizing allocated grant dollars secured and general fund dollars for professional services and software.
  • Approved joining a group contract with the State of Kansas to offer KPERS 457, a state-sponsored deferred compensation plan, to GCCC employees. The KPERS 457 plan is a voluntary savings plan for state employees where employees can determine how much to save and can start with as little as $12 per pay period. There is not a match contribution for employees with this plan, so there is no fiscal note with this action.
  • Approved Resolution 2022-05, declaring the intention to make an annual tax levy of not to exceed one-and-a-half mills, for a period of not to exceed five years, for a capital outlay fund.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19, at 6 p.m. in the Endowment Room at the Beth Tedrow Student Center.

Please note the meetings will now be held on the third Tuesday of each month (unless announced otherwise).

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