Long Run Planning and Development Committee MARCH 7 MEETING MINUTES Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Ashland, Wisconsin

Discussion of existing grant possibilities from Learn and Serve America

Paul provides summary of grant issues to date;

What are the constraints?



Barb .. discussing current learn and serve grant and how computer project can build upon that;

Mike Bark .. familiar, has been involved on committee for three or four years

Mike Bark - initial LS funds provided initiative to collaborate with other campus communities




WITC interested in getting proposal together to expand and connect these various elements, formalize it.



-we have goal statements; need for funding for



-need curriculum development dollars, too








Enterprise Center was interested in this because of possibility of working together between students and businesses




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Bruce: if we make strong progress on our tasks in next week, then we…

Kim: issue is whether WITC can be involved in administration

Bruce: are we able to pull enough together to convince WITC that we have a viable project?

Kim: Mike, this is partially in your lap; is this a priority to WITC to justify doing this in next few weeks

Jan; as you said earlier, we could take a look at your draft and decide how we can fit it; the door is still open, would like to see what you'd develop

Kent: list of questions of what you'd require?

Jan: what's our role? Things we're already doing that could serve as in-kind; must be ways we can collaborate.

Rachel: do you want list on paper?

Kent: yes, a simple list of what you need in order to make your decision

Mike B.: send it to Bruce or Kent

Jan: the more we're in the loop the better; we can keep eyes open for other potential sources of funds.

Rachel: I'll be a reader on your draft material

Bruce: will contact John Chara; have grant writer at CEP

Mike: CEP has documentation on larger needs; lots of needs can be met; sum total is a process that feed short and long term goals; this is an evolved proposal they're asking for

Kim: WITC developed SL and a curriculum; they may have a sense of how you assess that element in the curriculum; what elements of our curriculum are we meeting; for K-12, how are we meeting state standards; also community service

Annie: after school funding email; made an inquiry; computer club and after school programs;

Kent: Wayne said a survey at Red Cliff was done with some level of need assessment.

Rachel: he'd share that;

Kim: some justification of high school student involvement based on regional assessment of tech needs for employment potential development; enhanced by giving new workers new skills; CEP fits with that, as well as rural development; question for Econ Dvlopt; did BCEDC assess workforce tech capacity

Net Crawl and GAGE surveys; data for laptop project; trying to get people to take; teachers; Andrea Propoerkinski at CESA 12; working under teach grant funding; Andrea is a great teacher and grant writer;

Bruce: should have some conversations about that; it's a model

Annie: Sharon Stuart is another CESA grant writer; also Ken Kasinski;

Kent ; should collate needs assessment data; send me your map or flowchart of how all the components might work; I will make them web accessible; diagramming is an alternative to narrative description

Paul will send draft flowchart

Mike G: we never articulated our mission; we shape shift for every grant

Kim: rural development aspect; Mark Scribner from CenturyTel; anyone talk to him?

Kent; no; Bruce thought it would be appropriate to involve him at the Enterprise Center

Kathy: didn't Wayne G. get group together who have email access for soldiers?

Kent: we'll provide him with email machines; will provide 6 computers; Wayne Griffiths donating his time;

Andy: HSI can offer free email account;

Kim: Local ISP provides access; contribute that since it's to their benefit; when you have schools involved, Badgernet…cost is connected with amount of access; for SL projects, cost of lines is lower to community; going to local provider would be the place to begin rather than deal through educational access.

Kent: Wayne has all that squared away; I'll get a better, more formal description.

Kathy: maybe several of us could meet and get it clear with students regarding needs.

Kim: when tech center was built, was there assessment of needs done?

Kent: lots of different needs assessments

Kim: what's Northland's involvement despite fact we can't submit proposal; through students like John Beyer, connection with college's work study program; could be something I'd advocate for

Bruce: we should build off model with Andy's involvement; provide leadership, acquired skills, helped HS students develop their own skills; consider a cascading effect where higher ed provides leadership; other important dimension is outreach to various groups like senior citizens; outreach to nursing homes; need for focus; another group is 25-50 year old underemployed; they can contribute to our workforce if they had access to technology and training; the students could contribute to that;

Paul: Rural Business Enterprise Grant a possibility; can't hurt to apply, its relatively easy

Kent: Carlos L. does layout; offering to teach desktop publishing for free; Eric Sharp and he are working together on workshops that involve writing and publishing lessons;

Annie: keeping track of in kind hours spent? Should do it retroactively.

Bruce: need to digitize record keeping

Mike G: should have a meeting with Frank Kempf to update him; his board has been pleased thus far; very organized at the Enterprise Center;

Kathy: involve Fred Schnook in that meeting; another funding idea is the city, as a recycling project. Fred is in CEP and the City; meet next week? [NOTE; RURAL DEVELOPMENT RBEG AND RBOG GRANTS CAN BE MADE TO PUBLIC BODIES IN ADDITION TO NONPROFIT ECON DVLOPT ORG'S pvr]?

Mike G.: we haven't fleshed out needs in Red Cliff community; we should do more homework on that too

Kim: on community Based grant; would Red Cliff we a good place to focus that?

Rachel: willing to do more with this project; need info on what you'd need to gather re: demographics; also will make the connection with Bad River and/or LCO through Wayne; would like to be tribal pivot person

Kathy: state money?

Rachel: TANF money; welfare to work possibilities; seems very applicable

Mike: community work experience was amazing; powerful value in that;

Bruce: also Duluth group called Lifecyclers. Electronic recycling services, but also televisions, etc. Might be an element there.

Mike B. volunteers to gather assessment info on tech center

Kim: each grant has different budget structure; need to identify in-kind match;

Rachel: come up with project cost, then figure out what's in kind etc.

Mike B. dollars that Jan referred to are solid, but there's competition for them

Kathy: talk to Obey? Kim: after we know what we're asking for Andy: how start with budget plan Bruce: start with a series of guesses;

Mike G: scenario plans or work backwards from amount you can ask for; usual deal killer is indirect costs, which is only 5% in this grant; many institutions can't live with that;

Kathy; in asking for wages for staff, fringe benefits;

Mike B.; surprised the group hasn't created a business plan; there could be dollars available for that; could pull everything together to leverage the dollars; [NOTE RURAL DEVELOPMENT'S RBOG COULD POSSIBLY BE USED FOR BUSINESS PLANNING IF SOME PORTION OF PROJECT WILL BE FOR-PROFIT]?

Kent: what we're going to do next week is required research;

Bruce: I agree with Mike; we should have a tighter idea of customers, patrons, clients, operational costs, etc. but we're not there; we're really dealing with two components: Long Run Enterprise (business of dealing with this waste problem); then service learning; these two have come together with Andy;

Paul: start with vision and mission statement

Bruce: so many funding opportunities out there; need to focus on an overview; what's our goals, vision, mission; we can fit funding together after that;

Andy: need to get more rooted in the community; do things at the nursing home, with the veteran project; another option is computers in student lounge which are old and slow and clunky; could bring in a new server which would boot up through LINUX system;

Paul: BCEDC has need for computer equipment too