Oregon Community Colleges working to secure more funding

TVCC representatives are currently meeting with local legislators to discuss the request, as well as how TVCC would use the support to increase opportunities for local students.

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, Oregon Community Colleges are working to secure more funding. The current request is for $787 million in the 2019 session. Primiarily, this request is focused at stabilizing the current budget to keep tuition increases lower, and to provide dollars to investing expanding Career & Technical Education programs across the state.

TVCC representatives are currently meeting with local legislators to discuss the request, as well as how TVCC would use the support to increase opportunities for local students. 

President Dana Young. Associate Vice President Abby Lee and TVCC Board Member Stephen Crow recently met with Senator Cliff Bentz and Representative Lynn Findley to share more local information ahead of the 2019 legislative session. Following are the initial talking points regarding the 2019 statewide request:

Currently the Community College Support Fund Receives $570 million from the state. Colleges will need at least an additional $77 million to meet their true current service level and balance their budgets without further program cuts or steep tuition hikes.

This additional funding to the Community College Support Fund would specifically allow:

• Holding tuition increases to roughly 3.5 percent statewide. (Community college tuition is set by locally elected boards each year and rates will also vary based on local needs.) TVCC did not raise tuition or fees for the 2018-19 academic year.
• Balancing college budgets without additional deep cuts to programs and services
• Continue progress on student success efforts like guided pathways
• End deficit spending. Statewide, colleges are covering a $31 million funding gap by dipping into critical reserves and other temporary solutions.
In an effort to balance our spending with our enrollment, we have significantly reduced programs staffing, while enhancing growing programs in Career & Technical Education programs to meet industry needs. Additional funding support is needed to allow TVCC to develop these new programs to support economic growth and job opportunities.

An additional investment of $140 million dollars ($70m for CTE and $70m for student success efforts,) would go toward dramatically increasing output of career and technical education programs and significantly increasing completion rates overall.

An additional $70 million for CTE programs would allow colleges to double the number of graduates (an additional 7,900 graduates per year) in programs such as:

• Welding
• Respiratory Care
• Dental Assisting
• Manufacturing and Industrial Tech
• Computer Applications
• Aviation
• Electronics
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Fire Science
An additional $70 million for student success efforts would go toward dramatic increases in completion rates targeted toward first-generation and under-represented students. TVCC would focus these dollars in continuing the Industrial Manufacturing and Controls program, welding, manufacturing & fabrication, and aviation programs.