Area high school students will now have access to dual credit courses at Weatherford College at in-district rates regardless of their address following a vote by the Weatherford College board of trustees Thursday afternoon.
A review of dual credit tuition was conducted in response to school districts’ concerns about students not being able to participate in the program due to the cost of out-of-district tuition. Now, students will pay a flat rate of $80 per credit hour regardless of where they reside.
Students who are on the free/reduced lunch program will continue to pay $25 per credit hour, and technical dual credit courses remain free.
A reduction in revenue of $96,525 is expected at first, but administrators believe the new rates will ultimately draw additional students into the program who have declined to register for dual credit courses in the past because of the cost.
“It will be good business, in the long run, to adopt in-district tuition for all dual credit in the high schools,” Andra Cantrell, vice president of financial and administrative affairs, explained to the board.
In other business, the board:
- listened to a construction report on the Don Allen Health Science Building. The facility will be completed by the end of the month and handed over to the college May 9.
- approved a change order to the Don Allen Health Science Building Construction Contract for $1.38 million, which includes the renovation of the existing Allied Health Building. Renovation work on the building will take place over the summer and be open for classes in the fall.
- recognized basketball player Itiana Taylor for being a finalist for the 2014 WBCA Community College Player of the Year.
- learned that math professor Rickey Harman is retiring after 11 years at WC, and nursing instructor Carin Adams has submitted her resignation to accept an administrative position at JPS.
- approved the purchase of $52,627 worth of science equipment and supplies from six vendors.