BOT Approves Website Chatbot Software, Bus Purchase

[Garden City, KS] July 14, 2021 -- The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a website chatbot software and a new bus during the regularly scheduled meeting on July 13th.

The Board approved a contract with Ocelot to provide a new chatbot platform software for the GCCC website and social media.  This AI-enabled technology provides supplemental guided conversations and advice, videos, weblinks, and assistance to questions in all student services, administrative services, online, human resources, library, and other departments.  The contract with Ocelot includes a three-year license agreement and will be paid for through federal stimulus technology funds.

Dr. Ruda, GCCC President, stated "This technology will provide students and community members with immediate answers to a variety of questions, at any time of the day.  GCCC is excited to soon provide enhanced student engagement and quicker response time to student and community questions through this chatbot", he continued.

The Trustees also approved a $229,500 purchase for an M2 Freightliner Bus that holds 52 passengers.  The conversion bus will make for a safer and more reliable bus fleet for GCCC as well as having a lower cost of ownership compared to current equipment.

Additionally, the Board took action to approve the negotiated 2021-22 faculty agreement.  The updated agreement included changes in pay structure to overload, supplemental positions added, and a structure for academic titles that enhances professionalism and aligns with the common hierarchy in the higher education system.   

The Board went into executive session where no action was taken.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10th at 6 p.m. in the Endowment Room at the Beth Tedrow Student Center.


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