College Postpones 4 New Programs

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The St. Charles County Community College has indefinitely postponed four new occupational and technical degree programs because voters rejected a tax increase April 4.

In addition, the college will scale back plans for courses in five other areas of study.

Voters rejected a request to raise the tax rate for the school by 5 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation. The higher rate would have provided the college with about $1 million more a year in operating funds. The tax increase would have cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $9.50 a year.

Donald D. Shook, president of the college, said in a statement that the following programs would be put on hold: occupational therapy, environmental science, medical transcription and honors studies.

Shook said the college would be able to offer limited classes, but no degree programs, in computer science, computer-assisted drafting, child care, commercial art and human services.

The new degree and certificate programs were developed by the college over the past year based on needs expressed by residents and employers. The state approved the new programs as long as funding for them was sufficient.

About 650 people are on waiting lists for the new programs, which the college had hoped to start offering in the fall. …