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TRUSTEES OK NCCC OUTLAY OF $19 MILLION

The Niagara County Community College board of trustees approved a $19 million budget Thursday for 1989-90 that features no tuition increases, no cuts in programs and no increase in the county contribution.

The budget, a 7.6 percent increase from the current year's figure, must be approved by the Niagara County Legislature before it becomes final.

Tuition stands at $1,280 per year.

Acting President Gerald L. Miller pointed out several reasons for the college's steady budget, including:

Significant increases in enrollment.

A projected surplus of more than $1.2 million, of which $151,742 goes toward the 1989-90 budget.

"A lot of other institutions are having problems with the governor's budget -- not NCCC," Miller said. "We are able to offer a budget that has no tuition increase as well as the second lowest tuition in the state, and ask for no additional increase from the county. We will remain the lowest cost-per-student community college in the State University of New York system."

The healthy balance is a shift from the last year, when the college asked for financial help from the county. Miller attributed the healthier balance to the college's hazardous-waste training program, a dramatic decrease in retirement costs, grant funding and increased enrollment.

The budget includes a full year of funding for Trott Center, the college's satellite campus in Niagara Falls.

The spending plan also covers a program that, through the Niagara County Social Services, and a program for expanded minority services, provides training for 200 single, welfare parents with children younger than 5.

The budget also creates full-time positions of the director of athletics and director of the college's child-care center. Both had been part-time. Also, new counseling and librarian positions are added and a new main-frame computer is upgraded.

The board also:

Accepted a continued grant of $498,681 to fund the faculty resource center and the automation of the library learning center.

Approved a six-year lease-to-purchase agreement of $112,000 per year with the Unisys Corp. to upgrade the main-frame computer and install microcomputers in offices.

Heard a report from Ralph Klicker, dean of extended learning, on the college's cooperative education program, which has been funded by a Title VIII grant to give students a chance to earn college credit while working in paid job. The program helps students to explore career choice, utilize equipment and meet professionals in their field.

A report from Dan Rogala, college placement counselor, gave a follow-up study of 1988 graduates.

In 1988, 63 percent of students received employment, 35 percent went on to college full-time and 2.5 percent were unemployed.

Trends show a steady increase in transfer programs and four NCCC programs offered graduates salaries in the $20,000 median. They are electrical technology, criminal justice, nursing and science laboratory technology.

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