Page Coconino Community College campus set to shrink

Page won’t have a full-fledged community college campus much longer.

Officials with the Coconino Community College District confirmed this week that a previously announced downsizing of the campus has begun to be implemented.

Only two full-time positions will remain after this year — the director and student services coordinator. No instructors will be full-time, part of a downsizing aimed at saving $245,000 a year.

In all, CCC is looking to close a $1.3 million budget gap by 2017 through $855,000 in spending cuts and $430,000 in new revenues on a total district budget this year of $27 million.

The austerity plan calls for the elimination of 15 full time jobs representing 10 percent of CCC’s full- time workforce.

The board had previously cut $2 million in expenses and raised $1 million in addition tuition revenues to offset a loss of $3 million in annual state aid. A proposed $4.5 million annual property tax hike failed at the polls last fall — including by a 2-to-1 margin in Page.

According to information from CCC, community surveys showed that Page area residents are looking for more evening classes and online opportunities to accommodate work and family responsibilities.

“We are still working on the details, but we believe that we can offer Page residents and others in the outlying areas of northern Coconino County the opportunity to earn a basic Arizona General Education Curriculum associate degree without ever having to leave the area,” said Page campus Director Jim Hunter in a prepared statement issued this week by the college.

If students transfer to one of the three Arizona state universities, AGEC coursework applies toward a bachelor’s degree. Those courses total 35 to 37 credits and include freshman composition, mathematics, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

AGEC courses will be offered in-class, online and through instructional TV.

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