College budgets for new classes, possible expansion

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Now is a time of energy and innovation at Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig, with many new programs being created, and the campus being outfitted with cutting-edge technology. Other plans concerning the future of the college are also being organized.

But, plans for expanding programs, classes and buildings come with a price tag.

The Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC) Board of Control has approved a $1,109,100 budget for the 2001/2002 the same amount as was budgeted last year.

The college is funded primarily by a 3.000 locally-assessed mill levy, which is budgeted to generate $1,000,000 in revenue this year.

Other income includes $55,000 in ownership taxes, $50,000 in interest earned on investments, $2,000 in sales tax revenue, $2,000 in payments in lieu of taxes and $100 in delinquent taxes.

The $2,000 in revenue the college collects from sales tax comes from the operation of the bookstore for students of CNCC.

"We make sure that the kids don't get robbed trying to get their textbooks, which is why we only make a tiny amount from the operation of our bookstore," said CNCC Board of Control member Kandy Kropinak.

Included in this budget cycle is the money to facilitate CNCC's new tuition buy down program for Moffat County residents. Because the college is paying the tuition for Moffat County residents, the budget for tuition assistance nearly doubled, increasing from $210,000 to $400,000.

The college budgeted $12,000 for legal consulting, which was carried over from last year's budget. Last year, the allocation for consulting jumped from $2,000 to $12,000.

"With so much going on, we're probably going to have a need for consultants," Kropinak said. "We didn't use our funds last year, so that money just rolls over to this year. If we don't end up using it, the money will go into our reserve fund."

The board allocated $200,000 for new program start ups, which is directly funded from the mill levy income and is used to get classes or research and development up and running.

"This money will pay for the instructor, any equipment and the cost of whatever materials are necessary for that specific class, if the class is ready to go right now," Kropinak said. "Otherwise, the money is used to do curriculum development, pay for surveys and research to gauge community interest, and begin organizing how to bring a class to the college."

A new fire sciences program is being funded from this money. It is now part of the curriculum. The money will also be used to organize and research a proposed cosmetology program, which could become a part of the college in the near future.

Some other proposed programs being funded by this money are a dental hygiene course, LPN nursing program, a heating and cooling system repair class and an airplane pilot training program.

The $50,000 in interest was earned on money that wasn't spent last year and from money the college is saving for a land purchase.

CNCC has $350,000 in reserve for the possible expansion of the campus.

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