LCCC making adjustments to some programs due to budget cuts

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 7:18 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On November 16, 2020, Governor Mark Gordon announced step three of Wyoming’s budget cuts. The cuts have forced Laramie County Community College (LCCC) to make changes to their initial proposal. With Governor Gordon’s supplemental budget resulting in a 4.7 percent reduction in state aid, it leaves LCCC’s total reductions estimate to just under four million dollars for the Fiscal year 2022 school year so far. One of the adjustments the college is making is increasing tuition on the Children’s Discovery Center. They are doing this in order to retain the infant/toddler classrooms.

“We’re being pushed to that point in the state where we have to start coming up with some solutions and hopefully we see that emerge during the legislative session,” LCCC president, Dr. Joe Schaffer said.

The total budget cuts for LCCC are in response to Governor Gordon’s step two and step three budget reductions. The college will not know if they will have to make more budget cuts for the Fiscal Year 2022 school year. LCCC will find out after the legislation session.

“At this juncture, I think we’re all watching what may or may not occur at the legislative session. We’re looking anxiously at how the state revenue’s picture shapes up with the next Craig report in January,” Schaffer said.

LCCC plans on its spring 2021 semester to operate the same as they did in the fall.

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