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Davis files bill to fund CFCC MarTech program

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington lawmaker is pushing to maintain Cape Fear Community College's Marine Technology program.

Republican Rep. Ted Davis filed a bill in the state House today to protect the more than $688,000 for the program in each of the next two fiscal years.

Gov. Pat McCrory's budget cut that money in half. The governor says the school could actually increase the program's funding through another budgeted allocation.

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Program budget...

I'm all for education and giving students hands-on experience, but $344K per year for this program? Are they training students to be send to the moon? That's a hell of a budget for one, (albeit unique), community college program! Kinda wish you hadn't bought a bigger boat..?

Why is it ?

Why is it when we finally get a politician to cut spending along comes some peon to file another bill to change the outcome.
Thats why we voted a governor into office to do these things.
I just hope this bill fails. Time for such to just stop.
Why is Ted davis filing this bill ,what does he have to do with cfcc?
could their be something to gain from it? Maybe someone should look into the reason he filed this bill and let us know.

there is some part of living

there is some part of living within a budget that the left just doesn't understand, we have sent a loud and clear voice to the state of NC and the congress that we want spending brought under control, McIntye doesn't get the message, neither does Ted, the cut's are across the board, everyone can adjust for what is most important, McCrory is doing exactly what the taxpayer asked for, get this spending under control!

dude

Davis was the Commissioner sitting on the CFCC Board of Trustees for a long, long time. Of course he's going to fight for the Community College.

Shared Sacrifice

It's funny to me that when it's time to cut money from programs it's always cut somebody else because my program is to important. CFCC is going to have to learn to take hits just like the rest of the state. I'm quite sure that the Marine Technology Program is a great program and I too would hate to see it gutted but in these hard economic times everybody must do their part no matter how much it hurts.

Actually, CFCC is getting

Actually, CFCC is getting cut more than all the other community colleges in the state. If the Marine Tech funding is not restored, the college will lose that funding plus another 2% that was proposed in the governor's budget. Hopefully it will get sorted out in the legislature. Cutting technical job training programs doesn't make sense.

Mr. Lewis

Considering the amount of funding cuts to the community college system, it would appear as though CFCC's Marine Tech program cut of $686K is one of the biggest program cuts to the community college system.
This is a program that is providing specific job training to graduates - and has track record of successfully placing student in gainful employment - which meets McCroy's definition of a good vocational training and something worthy of support.
While I agree that sacrifice should be shared in this case I think CFCC is shouldering a bigger burden of sacrifice than the other CC's are.
Ted Davis is just doing his job for his district.

Vog

Vog

I believe, in this case at least, the Governor's intent is to allocate funds to the college without designating them for a specific program, If you note in the last sentence, it is stated the school may actually receive more funding than is being taken away.

That sets the stage for the school to allocate the funds where needed most.

And remember, too, his earlier comments that he favored education dollars being spent on course work that would create immedicate job opportunities, such as this program, versus courses such as native dance routines or swahilli language appreciation.

Tom-

As justthefacts pointed out CFCC was getting a 2% cut in ADDITION to the $688K for the MT program.
In reading the budget I'm not sure they can transfer monies between the coded funds they have listed.

While I agree that there is some leeway this seems to be a specific program cut that McCrory said could be restored through future appropriations.
My problem is not so much with the cut, but with what McCrory said was more important to him. He wanted courses that prepared students for jobs. This program met this criteria.

Vog

Vog

if you read my post, we both hit the nail on the head. This program prepares grads for immediate job opportunities. Just hope they are within NC and not outside of the state.

re: Shared Sacrifice

James,

Have you looked at the MT program's success rate in job placement? Other than possibly the nursing program, there's not another program at CFCC with the success rate the MT program has. Have you ever wondered how many cosmetologists get jobs making $50k a year right out of school?