Compared with the University System of New Hampshire, which was flat funded under the budget Republican Governor Chris Sununu presented earlier this month, the community college system did pretty well.
Here is what Governor Sununu said about funding for USNH and the community college system during an Exchange interview on Feb. 13: "I think the money the state puts into the university system accounts for about 8 or 9 % of the operational budget. On the community college system, it's a much, much higher percentage, and has a much bigger impact, and you have to look at the outcomes and what you're getting. In terms of the dynamics at the community college system, it really made sense. They have some great programs and are trying to strengthen that system. "
Sununu’s budget includes $6 million more for the community college system’s operating budget over the biennium -- a 7 % increase -- as well as $10 million in new money for capital investments.
But that boost, although welcome, fell short of what the community college system had requested to cover personnel costs and stabilize tuition.
Speaking on The Exchange, Chancellor Ross Gittell, said he anticipates going before the legislature in the next few months to request more money.
Gittell says the community college system, which includes seven colleges around the state, plays a key role in the state’s overall economy.
“Through our programs and our support of students, we’re able to provide that skilled work force, labor force, for industries that are demanding it,” he said.
To hear the full Exchange interview with Chancellor Ross Gittell, listen here.