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October 23, 2012 > Ohlone College Board of Trustees meeting update

Ohlone College Board of Trustees meeting update

Submitted By Patrice Birkedahl, Director College Advancement

The following is a summary of the Ohlone Board of Trustees meeting held on October 10, 2012.

Standing Reports - From Ohlone College President Gari Browning:
Ohlone will participate as part of a consortium in a $14.9 million grant from the Department of Labor to offer job training to help dislocated or unemployed adults upgrade job skills or change careers to become more employable. Ohlone's primary involvement will be to offer training in biotechnology and IT fields, and the Tri-Cities One-Stop Center will offer job placement and workplace training to students.

The Ohlone Student Health Center received a $332,000 mental health grant to enact a two-year public health education program for students and faculty to reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues and to bring awareness and support in helping students seek care when needed.

Trustee Garrett Yee, who has been on leave for the past year while serving in Afghanistan in the Army Reserves, has been selected for promotion to Brigadier General. His appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a rank that very few ever attain. Trustee Yee will return for the November board meeting.

Ceremonial Items:
After announcements, the Board approved three ceremonial items:
A Resolution in recognition of National Disabilities Month,
A second Resolution recognizing AB 130 and AB 131, the CA DREAM Act, which will become fully enacted in January 2013, and
The recognition of Emeritus status for retired nursing faculty Deb Parziale.

Action Items:
The Board approved a Contract for Architectural Services for Design of the District Facilities Master Plan to develop academic core building concept for the Fremont campus to be constructed using Measure G Bond funds. The contract was awarded to Cannon Design/Anderson-Brulee Architects.

The Board approved a copy of the revised Board Member Guide, a manual detailing appropriate behaviors and activities for members of the board that the board recently completed.

Finally, the Board was updated on the projected five-year budget projections for the college.

Details, including documentation and videotaped copies of the board meetings, as well as archived minutes of previous board meetings are available at

The next Board meeting will be Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in building 7, Room 7101 on the Fremont campus, 43600 Mission Boulevard.

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