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Nicolet tax levy dollars to remain the same

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has approved a budget for 2013-14 that keeps the total tax levy for the college the same as the previous year.

The amount levied for the upcoming academic year will again total $20,884,373.

The new budget also reflects a slight reduction in staffing, with a decrease of 1.4 full time positions. Since 2010-11, the college has reduced staffing by the equivalent of 22.2 full-time positions while at the same time making advances in several key academic areas, said Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster.

“Nicolet has been especially competitive in securing new private, federal and state grant funding which has helped fund new initiatives at a time of levy freezes and state general aid reductions,” Burmaster reported to the board.

The most significant of these were grants totaling more than $1.3 million to boost manufacturing training. Nicolet is using this money to expand its Welding program by 30 percent and also create a series of academic credentials in manufacturing that culminates in the new, two-year Industrial Mechanical Technician associate degree, Burmaster reported.

“Even in these continued tight economic times the college has been able to find ways to expand key academic programs,” she said. “The advanced training these graduates bring to the workplace will contribute to the overall economic development of the region.”

She also noted that the college’s occupational/technical programs posted an average job placement rate of 90 percent in 2012-13.

Another highlight of the past budget year was the historic partnership the college formed with the Lac du Flambeau tribe to deliver dental instruction at the new Peter Christianson Dental Clinic in Lac du Flambeau.

“This partnership was the first of its kind in the nation and one that will have long-lasting benefits to Northwoods residents,” Burmaster said.