Summer Sessions at Lamar Community College

This summer enrollment level is keeping current with 2010 numbers, according to LCC President, John Marrin, who visited with the Prowers County Commissioners this past Thursday, June 23.  Marrin provided an update on LCC activities, along with Cheryl Sanchez, VP of Administration and Student Services and Deb Loper, VP of Academic Services. 

LCC will spend the rest of the summer in preparation for the fall semester, as classes begin August 22.  Marrin said the college will be sorry to lose Bob Ogle, the Dean of Career and Technical Education, who developed much of the new historic preservation curriculum at the college.  That department will be instrumental in upgrading the former WPA historical site on East Maple Street in Lamar.  Marrin said Ogle will continue to advise on the project for a while before he begins his new career at Spoon River College in Canton, Ill.  Loper said some faculty hiring should be underway through the summer, and the college will schedule an adjunct teacher fair for those interested in educating students in a limited capacity, and carry the necessary qualifications to instruct a classroom.  An adult open house will be held July 12. 

When asked about the college’s financial situation, Marrin said he isn’t sure how the next three years will play out for the school.  He said it depends mostly on the state economy and budget.  In order to offset LCC’s funding cuts from the state’s general fund, about 5.6% for the year, the college has had to offset that with increases in the in-state tuition by 9% this past year, and 10% planned for 2012.  Marrin said student enrollment will always play an integral part in the college’s budget, and needs to continue to find ways to improve the school and develop programs that will match career demands and be of interest to students.

By Russ Baldwin


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