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Marine Technology Budget Cuts

The Marine Technology A.A.S. degree program is vastly different from a Marine Biology degree. It is a technical degree that is used in every field from Fish and Game to NOAA to wastewater treatment to geological survey. The job possibilities are endless and while most students in this program do have interest "saving the whales", the usual goal of these students is not be an Aquarium Director. This degree program is the only one of its kind on the east coast and it provides its students with not only hands-on training that is valuable in today's job market, but also 30 days at sea, an invaluable education that can not be taught in a classroom. Living and working aboard a ship is dirty and dangerous and who better to hire than employees who already have sea time? The proposed budget cuts are across the board, not only at CFCC. It is not because the school is in financial trouble, but because the state is. The amount of money "saved" if these proposed cuts are passed is less than $10,000 per community college. Technical degree programs like this one are the programs that are training our workforce. For every 1% of increase in state unemployment, enrollment at community colleges increase 2-3%. North Carolina's unemployment rate is at a 25 year high. Now is not the time to cut programs like Marine Tecnology.

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