Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Even with funds flowing, Pennsylvania community colleges are reeling from budget impasse - ELEANOR KLIBANOFF, WPSU

Jim Hrabosky has been the vice president for administration and finance at Butler County Community College (BCCC) for 10 years now. He says this has been the most stressful year on the job. "I'm not used to checking our bank account daily," said Hrabosky. "But everyday, I was checking that number and watching it get lower and lower." Community colleges are funded by student tuition, state funds and a local partner — in this case, Butler County. The school was able to make it through most of the fall semester without the expected $8 million in state funding. But then, thanks to the budget delay, Butler County pushed its quarterly payment to the school from December to January. Tuition money wouldn't arrive until the new semester started in January, as well.

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