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Iowa Central increases tuition 7%, cuts staff

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Iowa Central Community College will increase tuition and reduce staff and programs to offset a budget shortfall.

The college will raise tuition by $6 a tuition hour, or about 7 percent, college President Bob Paxton said at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting.

"Even though we're going up $6 (a credit) hour," he said, "we've always said we're going to hold tuition dollars (down)."

Paxton said Iowa Central has shaved $1 million out of its budget this year.

Part of that shaving includes downsizing the college's Eagle Grove campus and the termination of at least five employees, including two in the welding program.

Details of the three others were not released.

Paxton said he couldn't discuss the terminations.

"As you probably can see ... it has affected the curriculum. We live within our means."

All the terminations will be effective at the end of the school year.

Meanwhile, the multimedia marketing program was dropped altogether.

Chuck Peterson, vice president for financial affairs, said the cuts were due to several reasons, including decreased state funding and a decline in property taxes.

"It's all part of the mix," he said.

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