Community and technical college board to act on 2015-17 operating budget request
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will hold its monthly regular business meeting Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to act on a resolution authorizing a 2015-17 operating budget request to the Washington state Legislature.
The recommended request would fuel the state’s adopted goal that 100 percent of Washington adults have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 70 percent of all adults have a college credential. Recommended investments include performance-based funding and “high touch” advising services to keep students on track, opportunity grants for low-income students, compensation to attract and retain top-notch employees, and rapid-response training for emerging workforce needs.
The budget request also seeks dedicated funding for Basic Education for Adults programs, which serve adults who lack the reading, writing, speaking, listening and math skills to fill living-wage jobs and meet employers’ needs. Basic Education for Adults includes high-school completion and English as a Second Language programs.
In addition, the board will hold a public hearing and take action on the method of assessing tuition for the system’s competency-based business degree – slated to begin January 2015 – and will consider procedural improvements to the applied baccalaureate degree approval process.
The business meeting is open to the public.
Prior to the business meeting, the board will hold its annual retreat Monday, Sept. 8 and Tuesday, Sept. 9. The board will discuss the system’s mission and direction, the proposed Basic Education for Adults funding model, possible changes to methods of allocating funding to the colleges and the role of community and technical colleges in producing baccalaureate degrees.
The business meeting and retreat will be held at the Mt. Washington Conference Center at Alderbrook, 7101 E. State Highway 106 in Union.