College offers quick help for laid-off workers

Source: Marietta Times

By Kate York

Aug 11, 2009

Washington State Community College is offering a short-term certification program beginning in August to help get laid-off workers back on the job as soon as possible. For the first time, there will be a short August term before the actual fall term begins at Washington State and another short term following it, just for those looking for fast certification in four fields. They would take classes during all three of the terms.

The college has been sending information to those who qualify for Workforce Investment Act funds to help pay for their education and plan to offer courses in precision machinery, industrial technology (air conditioning and refrigerators), truck maintenance and CAD drafting.

Those looking for information on the short term training programs can call 568-1900. Also at Monday's meeting: The board reviewed the official funding amounts expected for the college in Ohio's newly-passed two-year budget. Washington State will see a 1.46% increase in state funding this fiscal year but in fiscal year 2011 is budgeted for a 10.13% cut.

The college received $6,621,243 last fiscal year and is expected to receive $6,717,979 this fiscal year and $6,037,130 next fiscal year. It operated on a $14.5 million budget last year. State legislators did vote to lift a planned tuition freeze at state colleges and universities to help them recoup some of the money but the administrators at the college won't make a recommendation on that until some questions on exactly when and how tuition can be raised are answered at the state level, said WSCC President Charlotte Hatfield. She has said there will be no raise in tuition for the fall quarter. Enrollment at Washington State continues to rise, Nutter told the trustees.

The final enrollment count for the summer quarter was up 4.5% for full-time students and 3.1% for all students. It was the third quarter in a row with an increase in full-time students. That number had jumped 3.8% in the winter quarter and 1.1% in the spring. With two months to go, about 65% of the number of students who enrolled last year in the fall have already enrolled.