North Central Texas College will add 16 new positions this fall after the Board of Regents approved the hiring of 10 instructors, four people in student and administrative support and two in the campus police department on Monday.
The 16 positions will cost the Gainesville-based school $652,436 this academic year and, in a board briefing, officials said they hope to have the positions filled by August.
“We’ve had tremendous enrollment growth over the recent years, and our full-time-to-part-time ratio in some of the disciplines are really out of balance,” NCTC President Eddie Hadlock said.
The hirings will add single faculty members in speech, English, history, college preparatory math and college preparatory English, and two in vocational nursing.
The other instructional positions will be a simulation lab technician, a Lifelong Learning health care coordinator and a Lifelong Learning grants coordinator.
These positions, as well as the vocational nursing instructors, are necessary to continue offering health care programs and will be financed with a grant, Hadlock said.
Other hires will include a classroom and desktop specialist, a departmental assistant in counseling and testing at the Flower Mound campus, a transcript evaluator and a senior director of human resources.
Additionally, the police department will add a director/chief and an officer. The department is new and in the beginning stages, Hadlock said. The Board of Regents approved creating the department at the April board meeting. The new department will be developed over a five-year period.
For the fall semester, NCTC will hire a director, and in January the college will hire an officer. Next summer, a couple of additional officers will be hired for various campuses, Hadlock said.
Also at the meeting, the regents approved a general pay increase for all full-time employees that will be calculated as 3.5 percent of the midpoint of each pay group for employees and faculty, according to meeting documents.
“Our salary schedule that we put into effect a number of years ago was based on being able to do 4 percent. We’ve never been able to meet that, though,” Hadlock said.
He added that for two of the last five years, full-time employees did not receive salary increases.
These increases will cost $505,000 and will allow the administration to begin preparing contracts after a budget is adopted in August.
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