Weather Forecast


Letter: Blunder has impact on all

Dear Editor

Cluck, cluck, cluck. The chickens have come home to roost at the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC).

Because of increased operating costs at CVTC, 11 technical courses have been reduced, suspended or eliminated and student enrollment must be capped at around the present level. You see, it's all about an "ability-to-pay problem," not a lack of students, according to the CVTC president.

But in spite of the cutbacks in technical courses, the president has reinforced CVTC's commitment to the college transfer program, which duplicates non-technical, general education classes available at UW System campuses.

Property taxpayers are forced to pick up half the tab for the cost of the first two years of obtaining university liberal arts bachelor degrees for students enrolled in the program at CVTC who have no intention whatsoever of pursuing a technical education.

The real kicker to all of this is that CVTC has up to three-year waiting lists in many of its technical programs.

Yup, CVTC has found out some grubby and inconvenient real-world facts. It can't be all things to all people. The money well is not bottomless. Choices have to be made. And bad decisions have consequences.

For such stellar CVTC (mis)management property taxpayers will be hit with "only" a 4.5 percent levy increase for this year's CVTC budget.

Property taxpayers will get hit again, as the CVTC president said there will be a need to expand or relocate the CVTC River Falls campus.

Unfortunately, the unelected (and, therefore, unaccountable) CVTC district board continues to blindly follow the lead of the administration as it chooses to divert scarce financial resources from technical education courses to general education, liberal arts courses.

State legislators need to get the CVTC "community" college off of local property taxes -- now!