• N.C. community colleges worried about proposed budget cuts


    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Community colleges across the state are worried that proposed budget cuts could prevent students from getting the training they need.

    Next week, many college officials, including some from the Charlotte region, plan to go to Raleigh to make their case.

    Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is bracing for about $3 million worth of proposed budget cuts to the school that were approved by the state House last week.

    The cuts and restrictions facing the state’s 58 community colleges are the worst the president of RCCC said she's ever seen, and she worries how it will impact the school’s 22,000 students and 1,000 faculty members.

    “If you care about the economic development and the prosperity of your community, you should invest in community colleges,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, president of RCCC.

    The college’s dean of science worries the newly built research campus could see the worst of the reductions.

    “This will have a major impact on the college. It probably means we’ll have to cut classes and services to students,” said Dr. Marcy Corjay, RCCC dean of science.

    No agreement has yet been reached with the Senate, but the fiscal year starts July 1.

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