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JJC boards puts budget on display

Board approves course fee reduction for three courses

JOLIET – Next year’s budget for Joliet Junior College will be available for public inspection Tuesday.

At Monday’s meeting, JJC board members unanimously voted to put the tentative budget for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1, on public display. The budget will be available on the JJC annual budget website

Board President Andrew Mihelich has said the tentative budget is balanced, and factors in no increase in enrollment or tuition. The budget includes a property tax increase of 2.3 percent. 

JJC officials noted in last year’s budget that it was “structurally balanced,” as in the past 42 years. They did not expect growth in enrollment for fiscal year 2015 as enrollment was under budget the previous year. 

Final approval for this year’s budget will take place in April. 

Course fee reductions

Board members also unanimously approved on Monday reducing course fees for three computer-aided design courses. Donna Stewart, JJC vice president of academic affairs, said the fee reduction was about $5 a course. 

The fee reduction was possible because of the dropping cost in technology for those courses such as hardware, software and printing, she said. 

“[Those costs have] just gotten a little bit more reasonable to do so we were able to bring them down a little bit,” she said. 

She said it was exciting the college has managed to not increase technology costs for CAD courses. 

“In this environment of increasing cost with technology, we were able to hold that course,” she said. 

Overall, fees for courses at JJC have stayed flat, Stewart said. JJC officials have pushed departments to be mindful of expenses in their courses, she said. 

Lincoln-Way agreement 

Renewal of a lease agreement with Lincoln-Way High School District 210 was unanimously approved by board members. Kelly Rohder, JJC spokeswoman, said the college offers courses at Lincoln-Way East High School as part of its Frankfort Education Center

She said JJC started the agreement with Lincoln-Way in 2010. The Frankfort Education Center offers credit classes in English, mathematics, social sciences and business. This school year JJC served 761 students, she said. 

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