Enrollment drop costs WCCC $1.2 million
A 6 percent drop in enrollment this fall could leave Westmoreland County Community College with a deficit of more than $348,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year, officials said Wednesday.
WCCC trustees voted to amend the original $38.9 million budget to reflect the decline in enrollment, which cost the school about $1.2 million in anticipated tuition and fees, during their monthly meeting at the college's Youngwood campus.
The tuition loss was partially offset by about $460,000 in unanticipated state funding as well as cost reductions in health care expenses and faculty wages and benefits because fewer adjunct professors and classes were needed, said Ron Eberhardt, vice president of administrative services.
The college's projected deficit of $348,431 assumes a 6 percent drop in enrollment for the spring semester, but Eberhardt said officials are hopeful that figure will improve.
Registration for the spring semester is open through the start of classes Jan. 10.
In other business, trustees approved a contract with Bloomsburg University to convert 10 of WCCC's ShaleNet classes to online courses with quizzes, audio tracks and graphics.
The $132,770 grant-funded contract with Bloomsburg's Institute for Interactive Technologies will be used to adapt four roustabout, four floorhand and two production technician courses.
Patrick Gerity, vice president of continuing education, work force and community development, said transitioning courses online is crucial in institutionalizing the ShaleNet program, which trains workers for entry-level jobs in the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry, and selling the curriculum to other states.
More than 2,480 people completed training activities and education with about 1,650 finding a Marcellus Shale-related job in Pennsylvania from July 2010 through September, according to data collected from the state Department of Labor, ShaleNet and its affiliates.
Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or email@example.com.
Add Kari Andren to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- School lunch group hopes to revise rules it calls impractical, too restrictive
- Western Pa. students bristle at changing menu choices
- Puppies’ eyes glued shut, South Huntingdon animal shelter says
- Keystone Bakery closes Greensburg store
- Greensburg still fighting waterlogged Lynch Field, may add drainage
- Former Hempfield Area director makes guest appearance at University of Alabama
- Dining at Applebee’s helps Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action
- Hempfield safety seminar puts focus on Bakken crude
- Excela, Pitt-Greensburg team on legacy videos for those in twilight of lives
- Somerset woman arrested for DUI twice in one day
- Trio of concerts to mark Greensburg’s holiday season