DACC board to vote on next step at Hoopeston center

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College officials are getting closer to opening the college's new satellite learning center in Hoopeston.

On Tuesday, trustees will vote on whether to award a contract to furnish the center at 847 E. Orange St., Hoopeston.

The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting is in Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St. A copy of the agenda and board packet is available online at http://bit.ly/1c3Ue3x.

Mike Cunningham, the administrative services director, is recommending that it approve a $39,675 bid from Hendricksen of Peoria. It was the lower of two bids offered.

The firm would provide and install furniture for two classrooms, a computer lab, an office, the reception area and a gathering area.

DACC is opening the Hoopeston Higher Learning Center this fall to make it easier for residents in northern Vermilion County and southern Iroquois County to continue their education.

The site, formerly the business office of what's now Carle's Hoopeston Regional Health Center, will offer general-education courses, including college transfer and career/technical courses; dual-enrollment courses for high school students; and continuing education courses. It also will offer courses that are specially designed for senior citizens; English as a Second Language and adult education courses; and contracted corporate and business training programs.

In addition to the health center's donation of the site, the Hoopeston Area Healthcare Foundation donated $206,000 to the DACC Foundation for the satellite site. Of that, $50,000 was used toward remodeling the site, and $156,000 will provide scholarships to students from Armstrong, Bismarck-Henning, Rossville-Alvin, Hoopeston, Milford and Cissna Park who are going into health care fields.

Also at the meeting, trustees will vote on whether to award a $115,549 bid to GovConnection of Dakota Dunes, S.D., for new computer equipment. The firm submitted the lowest of five bids.

The equipment includes desktop computers, monitors and laptops, among other things. They will be installed before the start of the 2013 fall semester.

The equipment was funded through 2013 technology/equipment bonds.

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