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DC3 Board Approves 2020-2021 Fees

Published May 28, 2020

The Dodge City Community College (DC3) Board of Trustees met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 26. Among the approved action items were proposals for the 2020-2021 school year regarding student fees, a food-service agreement, and commercial driver’s license (CDL) program fees.

Regarding 2020-2021 student fees, the Board voted 6-1 to approve a fee of $54 per credit hour for Ford County residents; $74 per credit hour for non-Ford County residents (including residents of Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah); $76 per credit hour for all other out-of-state students; $84 per credit hour for all international students; and $24 per credit hour for outreach classes.

“The money collected from these fees will be used for student scholarships in an amount not to exceed $1.5 million dollars,” Dr. Glendon Forgey, DC3 Vice President for Administration and Finance, said. “DC3 will use these funds to provide opportunities for high-quality, student-centered learning.”

In a unanimous decision, the Board approved the renewal of the food-service contract with Great Western Dining (GWD).

“This year, we negotiated the rates for the fall and spring semester using a sliding scale. In the past, they were negotiated on a flat scale,” Forgey said. “The rates for 2019-2020 ranged from $9.43-$9.68 per meal. The new rates will range from $9.59-$9.98 per meal, which is based on the number of residential housing students.”

In addition to the food-service agreement, the Board approved the GWD’s annual donation of $5,000 in another unanimous decision.

“The $5,000 donation from GWD will be designated for furnishings and equipment in the cafeteria and for other improvements to the Student Union,” Forgey said.

Also in a unanimous decision, the Board approved a proposal for automatic and manual transmission fees for DC3’s CDL programs. Fees that are the same for both programs include a $100 fuel surcharge, a $75 physical exam, and a $50 textbook fee. Program fees for automatic transmission (restriction licenses) will be $600, while manual transmission (no-restriction licenses) will be $1,100.

“The 2020-2021 CDL fee schedule represents costs paid by the students to offset actual costs within the program,” Dr. Clayton Tatro, DC3 Vice President of Workforce Development, said. “By restructuring fees in this manner, DC3 is in a much better position to have revenues equal to expenses for this program.”

By Lance Ziesch