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Trustees question raising tuition
The Board of Trustees approved a motion Oct. 15 for Laramie County Community College not to support a tuition increase for the 2015-16 academic year. President Dr. Joe Schaffer said the Wyoming Community College Commission makes the decision to increase tuition every year in December. It has concluded that tuition is lower in Wyoming than it is in Colorado, and traditionally the WCCC has raised tuition slightly every year.
However, at a WCCC meeting Oct. 10 the commissioners indicated they were not interested in raising tuition.
At the board meeting, LCCC Trustee Brenda Lyttle asked, “Where is the justification for raising student tuition?” Schaffer said there is no compelling need to look toward students to make up a loss in funds because tuition makes up only 20 percent of the budget, with student fees generating some of the difference. In addition, he said statewide assessed valuation is increasing. This tax money is also a source of the college’s revenue.
Schaffer then said the WCCC might look toward “tuition freezing” as an idea, in which a student enrolls at a given tuition rate that continues throughout his academic career, providing consistency of tuition is at a fixed rate. Schaffer said he “was excited the WCCC was willing to look at” the idea.
LCCC Trustee Don Erickson suggested placing tuition rates as an agenda item on the board’s January retreat.
Other board business:
Frank Buraco to speak on ethics
Ethics and leadership are important for all to learn, including how they can work for and against us.
To highlight that, Laramie Country Community College’s annual Curt Kaiser Memorial Fund will present Frank Bucaro Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Center for Conferences and Institutes. This event, sponsored by the LCCC Foundation, is free to the public.
Bucaro knows trust issues, leadership missteps and ethical problems can threaten any organization, influence market value and cause irreversible damage. He is an expert at helping leaders and individuals at some of the world’s most successful companies skillfully navigate the high road to success.
His unique career path from the classroom to the board room began a number of years ago. While still a teacher of moral theology, he became increasingly aware that problems relating to unethical practices seemed to be increasing.
According to information from the LCCC Foundation, Bucaro left teaching and formed a business partnership offering keynotes and seminars. His first keynote was titled “How Do You Spell Success? E-T-H-I-C-S!” Bucaro has an entertaining and lighthearted approach to the serious subject of ethics. Audiences continue to be inspired by his high content, humorous and practical keynotes and training programs.
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Famous Y Cross Ranch to be site of annual event
The Laramie County Community College mass media/multimedia department will sponsor the annual “Worldwide Photo Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Y Cross Ranch near Horse Creek, Wyoming.
The free event is designed to bring together a group of photographers on one day for a short period of time to shoot a specific area. Simultaneously, similar walks will take place around the world that weekend. Each year, more than 30,000 photographers walk in more than 1,000 locations around the world, capturing more than 6 million images in one day.
J.L. O’Brien, local Photo Walk leader and multimedia instructor at LCCC, described the event as a way to meet other photographers in the area and to see how they approach the same subject. The two of the last three years’ walks each attracted approximately 50 photographers.