Coconino Community College eliminated the Community and Corporate Learning Division’s primary function was to help local companies and their employees through custom training and development. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will also be eliminated as one of the cost saving measures. It is estimated that CCC’s annual impact on the Coconino County economy is more than $305 million.
In addition, northern Coconino County will also feel the impact of cuts with the conversion of the Page campus to an instructional site. Converting the campus to an instructional site will impact instructional delivery, hours of operation, services, and the classes offered to northern Coconino County.
Another program affected that will have a county-wide impact is the reduction of CCC’s popular nursing program, which will be reduced in half. The program will shrink from 40 to 20 graduates per year. CCC’s nursing program has consistently been recognized for excellence based on the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX) pass rates, consistently ranking among the highest of all community colleges in the state with an average pass rate of nearly 90 percent since 2007. The CCC nursing program has also been lauded for its nearly 100 percent employment placement rate.
The plan also calls for a revenue generation component of $431,000 which will increase tuition by $2 per credit hour and implement a differential tuition system. Differential tuition rolls in class fees and increases tuition for higher cost programs. Differential tuition was recommended by the Citizen’s Review Panel, a group of community leaders who were asked to serve when the College District Governing Board was considering sustainability options, including the unsuccessful 2013 special election override. Other revenue generating initiatives include:
- Eliminating the plateau program: Currently students pay for all credits up to 15 and after 18. The Financial Austerity Plan would eliminate the plateau program.
- Implementation of a credit card convenience fee
- Implementation of a student “no show” fee
- Increase student and employee parking fees