The Manhattan Area Technical College has reached such a funding crisis that the school actually might have to close.
That dramatic wake-up call was sounded Saturday by MATC president Rob Edleston during the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce leaders’ retreat in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.
Edleston was making the case that the tech college probably needs the help of a “small” sales tax to provide the money for survival.
“Enrollment has gone from 432 just 10 years ago to 1,300 today,” Edleston said. “(Now) they’re getting half the money per student.
“Tuition has gone up every single year. We can’t get more funding from the state, and we get no local funding.”
Several other delegates attending the retreat were in agreement that it seemed everything is heading in the wrong direction at a time when technical college skills are more in demand than ever.
“Things have got to change,” Edleston said. “If we can’t get something like a small sales tax…
“We could give up our college and join in with Cloud County. We need your help.
“We’re living in the greatest place in the nation right now, but if we’re going to grow, put your resources in the right place.”