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Florida Community Colleges Facing Huge Cuts in Proposed Budgets

April 7th, 2017 by Jake Stofan

The House and Senate budget proposals include some major cuts to state colleges aimed at remedial education and performance funds.

State colleges are facing over 50 million in cuts currently proposed by state lawmakers.

College presidents estimate tens of thousands of students state wide could be impacted.

 

“It’s not that the services will go away,” said President of Florida State College at Jacksonville Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, “They just won’t be as readily available and in fact they will be group services as opposed to individual services.”

The cut could reduce the amount and quality of remedial education services like tutoring, a service some students need to succeed.

“It just wouldn’t set people up well and people might get overwhelmed and a lot of people do use the tutoring recourses that are here at TCC,” said Delaney Stoner, a student at Tallahassee Community College.

The reason the colleges say they need so much to bring incoming students up to speed academically, is because many of them are coming back to class after years of working.

“It’s important to be able to provide that hope and reach out to these people and tell them, we can help them get up to speed so they can compete and perform at the college level,” said President of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld

Some state colleges are facing the reality they might have to make cuts to their top programs.

 

“The ones that put folks right to work, the ones where we have 100% job placement, those are the ones that are going to be impacted,” said President of Palm Beach State College, Dr. Ava L. Parker.

As it stands now, community colleges service three times as many students as universities in the state and have only a quarter of the amount of funding.

“It’s obvious that the Florida college system is the back bone of our education and training in the state of Florida,” said Dr. Ed Meadows, President of Pensacola State College.

If these cuts become law, College Presidents worry it will be Florida’s work force that will pay the ultimate price.

The most severe budget cuts would result in a 5% total reduction in funding for state colleges.

 

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