NWTC cuts continuing education courses

May 1, 2013

From fox11online.com: “NWTC cuts continuing education courses” — GREEN BAY – One local tech school says it is eliminating some of its non-credit classes.

And Northeast Wisconsin Technical College says the remaining hobby-based classes could cost you a little more.

Fewer needles may be whirring in continuing education classes offered by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

The college says it is cutting costs by cutting out some classes, like specialty sewing.

“The classes that have been most effected are those that we call avocational, hobby leisure courses. All of the non-credit occupational courses, we’re still offering,” said Jeffrey Rafn.

In all, 80 to 90 classes won’t be back. The reduction will save the college 160 thousand dollars in instructor fees.

That has some instructors like Jana Anderson-Laes worried.

“I could lose my job, so we really need people to sign up for these classes,” she said.

Continuing education classes that are popular, like jewelry making, will still remain. But there may be consolidated times or locations. And NWTC says it’s still focusing on skills that can be used for a business.

Long-armed quilting, shown in the video, will also still go on.

But prices will go up.

Those 62 years and older had paid roughly $4 for a class.

The rate could increase to $60.

“I have similar classes at the quilt shop I own,” said  you’re still getting your money’s worth.”

The majority of the continuing education classes are attended by older adults.

But many in the plus 50 crowd say they are turning to the tech school for something besides quilting or wood working.

“That’s something for a hobby, great. But guys like me, people my age. We’re not ready to lay down. We want to continue working,” said Robert Cram, a supply chain management student at NWTC.

NWTC says it will offer more computer-oriented classes like Microsoft Office as non-credit courses.

All changes to other classes could begin in the fall.

If you’re concerned about a class being cut, you have a chance to voice your opinion.

NWTC will hold a listening session about its budget Wednesday May 8th at 4 pm.


2 Responses to “NWTC cuts continuing education courses”

  1. Sharon Powless Says:

    At this time I am attending a class to make a double wedding ring quilt. You consider this a hobby class and want to eliminate it or raise the price of these classes. I am 65 years old, and this class cost me $24.00. If I had been under 62 it would have cost $94.00. I could not afford that price. As it was, the class was not filled until the week before it was to begin. I told another quilting friend of mine I was taking this class and she signed up to take it too. If she had not had this interest the class would not have happened. No in this class is under 62 years of age.
    My social security check is less than $700.00 a month. As it is there are not many classes I can afford to take. There will be many less if the cost is raised too high.
    In your article you state there will be a listening session on May 8th at 4pm, but do not state where that session will be. NWTC is a large place when you are looking for one room.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. We know the decision to scale back some of their non-credit enrichment courses was an extremely difficult one for NWTC. If you have any questions at all, staff at the college would really be the best ones to speak with. They can be reached at 920-498-5496.

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