Community College Cuts

By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

Ashley Scott isn't taking a full load this semester, but it's not because she doesn't want to.

Scott said, “I’m trying to get my education out of the way and if I don't have the money to do that I won't be able to do what I want to do in life.”

Since 2008, Wallace Community College has lost an average of 8 million dollars a year

Dean of Business Affairs for Wallace Community College Lynn Bell said,“For this college, we're going to lose 647 thousand dollars over last year's funding.”

So where are the cuts hitting home the most?

Students.

But they weren't the only ones noticing.

The state board of education and the federal government did too.

But full-time help didn’t last.

Dean of Student Affairs at Sparks Campus Jackie Screws said, “Any student who is enrolled in the Fall and in the Spring, they will not have pell grant funds available in the summer. In the previous year, they could get an additional 50 percent in the summer.”

Students like Ashley say they aren't angry.

Scott said, “It's life, you always have hurdles getting in your way and you have to find ways to jump over them.”

And finding ways to get an education is no exception.


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