Over the past four years, state funding for Wenatchee Valley College has been cut by more than 30 percent. College president Jim Richardson says the college has been surviving because of high enrollment and increased tuition. The state has allowed community colleges to raise tuition by 12 percent in each of the last two school years. Richardson says the concern is with the State Supreme Court ruling that the state isn't fully funding basic education, higher education could see more cuts.
To brainstorm ideas on where the College should go from here, the College Board of Trustees held a community forum Friday afternoon. One of those in attendance was Erin Davidson who says it was a good meeting.
The board of Trustees have held similar meetings over the past few months. A synopsis of the comments received and ideas discussed will be presented to State lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session