(Council Bluffs) The President of Iowa Western Community College isn’t too happy with Governor Terry Branstad’s community college funding proposal.
The Governor has recommended an increase of $4-million in general state aid but also has proposed trimming $10.1 million from the programs that train people for industry.
Iowa Western Community College President Dr. Dan Kinney says the good news is the $4 million increase in state aide.
“I am pleased that the Governor understands that the general state aide is used to help pay for the operation of the community colleges and hold tuition costs down for our students.”
However, Dr. Kinney doesn’t agree with the Governors’ proposal to trim $10.1 million dollars from programs that train people for industry.
“It is kind of disappointing that he would do that,” stated Dr. Kinney. “My response to it is that I find it difficult as to how the state is going to achieve the Governor’s goal of creating 200,000 highly skilled jobs in the state of Iowa, if we don’t educate people to fill those jobs.”
Dr. Kinney says if the funds for business and industry are eliminated, the training programs will be eliminated too.
“A very good example is right there in Atlantic with the new design technology program,” stated Dr. Kinney. “We are using some of the infrastructure money to help us purchase the equipment and that sort of thing to start that new program of study. So we wouldn’t be able to do those kinds of things in the future either.”
Dr. Kinney admits this is just a proposal in the Governor’s budget recommendation before it becomes law. Dr. Kinney is hopeful that legislators will change the Governor’s budget recommendation in the final budget that will be sent for him to sign.
February 12, 2012