Augusta Tech plans to offset budget cut

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Augusta Technical College and other members of the Technical College System of Georgia are preparing for the possible axing of another 3 percent from their budgets.

"There's been no official instruction to go with the 3 percent, nor would I venture to guess as to when it might be implemented," technical college system spokesman Mike Light wrote in an e-mail.

Augusta Tech President Terry Elam, though, said he hopes to stave off the effects of such a cut by growing enrollment and offsetting the loss with more tuition-paying students.

"We need to continue to grow because that's the only way to hold your own," Mr. Elam said Monday, adding that summer enrollment is up.

Mr. Light said that in recent months the technical college system has been cut 12 percent.

Augusta Tech had its funding slashed by $1.5 million, Mr. Elam said. That led to an increase in tuition from $36 to $40 per academic hour.

Those cuts also prompted a hiring freeze for state-funded positions. In the past six months, only critical hires, such as teachers, were made.

Mr. Elam said it's a matter of making do with less. For instance, the college's Augusta campus is down three custodians.

Augusta Tech also cut back on supplies and reduced the number of days classes are held. Students no longer attend class on Fridays, which has produced a significant savings, especially on water, he said.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 07/21/09 - 10:40 am
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Maybe they could start by

Maybe they could start by trying to decrease the number of street thugs that are there only becuase of a court order to get their GED. There are a lot of great programs that AT offers, but the campus atmosphere is lacking. To go into the break rooms is not unlike what a prison visiting room must be like. There is loud music, profanity abounds, and liberal use of racially charged language. No thanks.

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Serioun 07/21/09 - 12:00 pm
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You should report such

You should report such activity to the proper campus authorities, but do keep in mind it is a college campus. Being so, it is full of diversity of cultures, thoughts, ideology ect...God didn't break the mold when he made you, probably because he realized your too were flawed.

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Lumbarsupport 07/21/09 - 01:51 pm
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I'm all for diversity,

I'm all for diversity, however there is a time and place for each activity. There is an appropriate set of actions at a school that are adhered to by many of the people there that are court ordered to be there. What would be acceptable at your house, or in a bar is not acceptable in a public space devoted to education. I do things all the time in my personal life that would not be welcome in the school lunch area. I yell and cuss at the tv while watching sports with my friends, but I wouldn't do it at school. Thats the difference, not culture or diversity.

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fftaz71 07/21/09 - 11:16 pm
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Hmm...what campus are you at?

Hmm...what campus are you at?

I go to the Augusta campus, and while Ive seen some of that outside in the parking lot, I havent encountered this behavior inside the buildings that Ive been in.

Also...there is a large age gap amongst the students there as well as the cultural divide..what might be acceptable to one age group is most likely not to another group.

I would definitely not dress the way some of the younger students dress, but then again, they probably wouldnt dress the way I do either. As long as its not directly threatening my safety or education, who cares...

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