Clinton Community College needs more money

Clinton Community College President John Jablonski unveiling the school’s new logo and tagline.

Clinton Community College President John Jablonski unveiling the school’s new logo and tagline. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— The state has slashed Clinton Community College’s aid by nearly $1 million over the past three years.

Yet costs continue to soar.

The school is making some cuts, keeping positions open and slightly raising tuition, among other cost-savings steps.

CCC President John Jablonski has also asked the Clinton County Legislature for $89,000 more than last year for its 2012-13 spending plan.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Aug. 22. at 7 p.m. in the legislative chambers of the Clinton County Government Center on Margaret Street.

This increase would put the county’s annual share of support for the college at $2,465,040.

The additional contribution puts the increase in county funding at an average of 1.6 percent annually for the past three years.

The county increased its share by $25,000 for the 2011-12 academic year, while the previous year CCC only asked for a $1 increase.

Yet over the past three year, the state has reduced CCC’s aid by 21 percent, with minimal restoration, for a total loss of about $829,500.

Operating costs this coming year are projected to jump by 26 percent.

CCC is funded by tuition and contributions from the state and county.

Clinton’s board of trustees has adopted the 2012-13 spending plan.

CCC is a significant resource to the area, not only provide individuals with a college education, but also technical training and services for area business that desire new skills for their employees. CCC further offers wind-energy- and turbine- technology and industrial-technology, nursing and electrical-technology programs that support the area and enhance the workforce.

CCC’s 2012-13 budget will reduce equipment costs by 35 percent, faculty and adjunct faculty overloads by $100,000 and leave seven positions vacant.

The college managed to drop its two most expensive health-insurance options for employees.

The school will also raise tuition for full-time in-state students by $100 per semester, pushing the cost for such students from $3,620 to $3,820, for an increase of 5.5 percent in 2012-13.

The spending plan would not eliminate any programs.

CCC plans to utilize $436,220 in reserve funds, leaving $1,274,630 in the fund balance.

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