Ed Agustin, Candidate for CoD Board of Trustees

The NTDO has offered candidates in the April 9 Municipal Elections an opportunity to address our readership.  Here’s a message from Ed Agustin, candidate for College of DuPage Board of Trustees:

Ed AgustinI am Ed Agustin and I am one of six candidates running for the COD Board of Trustees. With only two openings in this year’s election, I am asking for your support by voting for me on April 9th.

As a retired Architect with more than 30 years of on-site field observation and project management experience for major construction projects, I have the necessary skills to bring to the Board in monitoring construction expenses, change orders and construction management of the current and future projects at the college. As a taxpayer of District 502, you deserve to have an advocate when it comes to the expenditure of your tax dollars. The COD Board needs an experienced, educated overseer to ensure that tax monies are being spent wisely. I am that person.

Whether preparing for additional university education or technical training for the workplace, courses taught at COD can be a benefit to any who participate in them. COD has joined the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturers (INAM), a consortium of 21 community colleges, to determine future trends and needs in order to provide the proper educational experiences so that students can be prepared for these challenging new technical jobs. Over 50,000 jobs in our state remain unfilled because not enough potential employees are trained in the skills required for these positions. COD can and will through the “Earn and Learn Advanced Manufacturing Career Lattice Program” provide that training so that individuals seeking additional training can do so while simultaneously working in the industry. As a Trustee, I would like to ensure that the programs at COD are maintained to be current and relevant with the ever growing needs and requirements of the world of business and industry.

I will work to further maintain and enhance the auxiliary enterprises at the school. Programs such as the New Philharmonic orchestra and the Buffalo Theater Ensemble will need to be aggressively promoted once the renovated McAninch Arts Center is completed. Fine arts programs should be encouraged as their impact remains with each of us throughout our lives. The radio station WDCB, The Inn at Water’s Edge, Waterleaf Restaurant, and Business Solutions also provide training on campus for careers after COD and should be maintained adequately to continue serving in the student’s behalf. This action would also improve the ability of these facilities to generate revenue to cover the cost of programming thus minimizing the use of your tax dollars.

I can do these things only with your support. Please vote for me on April 9th.

Thank you,

Ed Agustin