Washington State Community College adds trustee

Spring session enrollment is down slightly at Washington State Community College compared to the forecast, the college’s board of trustees was told Monday afternoon, but the session is seeing growth in both adult students and students coming in from West Virginia.

Amanda Herb, vice president of institutional advancement for the college, told trustees the spring enrollment came in at 93 percent of the budget forecast, but her report showed some bright spots.

“There’s been growth in the full-pay category, our enrollment of students from West Virginia is up 28 percent and adult students, those over 25 years old, make up 20 percent of enrollment, up from 17 percent last spring,” Herb said.

The college last year announced that West Virginia students would be able to pay in-state tuition to attend.

College Credit Plus, the program that allows high school students to take college courses for credit, is off from the forecast slightly, she said. A table accompanying the presentation showed that combined on-campus and from-high school CCP hours are enrolled at 4,852, down 459 hours from spring 2018 and 973 hours less than forecast.

“We’re looking to expand our tech courses offered to high school,” she said. “We’ve typically been focused on expansion into four-year degree courses, but for 2019-2020, we’re going to focus on tech courses. We want to make sure we’re serving the under-served.”

“I’m pleased to see the increase in West Virginia and adult students,” trustee David Tenney said.

The board also received a report from Jess Raines, vice president of finance and administration, indicating that bids for two capital projects, exterior repairs and window replacement, had come in well below the expected price. The two bids, from Trisco Systems, Inc., of Lima and Modern Glass Paint and Tile of Zanesville, came in at a combined total of $680,611 – Raines said the projects had been budgeted at $1,192,000.

Bernie Anderson, a new trustee from McConnelsville, was sworn in at the meeting. Anderson told the board he is a native of Morgan County and attended West Virginia Institute of Technology before swtiching his interest from engineering to technology. He graduated from Otterbein College and now works for Miba, a family-owned bearing business headquartered in Austria.

“I’ve enjoyed working toward making McConnelsville a better place to live,” he said, adding that his experiences with the apprenticeship programs supported by Miba in Austria have been eye-opening.

“I hope to bring some of that to the table,” he said.

The board is scheduled to meet again at 4 p.m. March 11 in the community room of the main campus building.