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Westmoreland County Community College OKs tuition increase

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Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Westmoreland County Community College trustees approved a $3-per-credit increase in tuition Wednesday, bringing tuition to $93 per credit hour for county residents beginning this fall.

Out-of-county residents will pay $186 per credit and out-of-state residents will pay $279 per credit starting in the fall. WCCC's tuition is the lowest of the 14 community colleges statewide this year and officials anticipate it will remain the lowest next year.

“Not only is (our tuition) low, this amount of increase was the lowest of any increase in our history,” said trustee Gene Ciafre.

Trustees approved a course fee schedule for the 2013-14 academic year that does not increase fees for existing courses.

Trustees also voted to sign onto a reciprocity agreement with the Community College of Allegheny County, Butler County Community College and Beaver County Community College that will allow students to more easily take specialized courses at any of the institutions.

Under the agreement, students would take basic courses at their home college, but would travel to another community college for certain unique programs offered there, said WCCC President Daniel Obara.

“We're collaborating so we're not duplicating programs,” some of which can be expensive to get into, Obara said.

Students will pay a standard tuition rate of $150 per credit, plus instructional fees, for courses offered under the agreement.

Programs offered by WCCC include a natural gas and oil certificate and travel, tourism and lodging. Butler County will offer metrology and nanofabrication; Beaver County will offer aviation, casino management and process technology; and Allegheny County will offer technical theatre and welding for the oil and gas industry.

Obara said the other three colleges have already approved the agreement.

Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or

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