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.