Application fee eyed for nursing program

WWCC trustees will consider instituting a $30 fee for applicants starting Jan. 1.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees will consider approving a new application fee for students interested in entering the college's nursing program.

The new $30 fee would become effective Jan. 1 for students looking to enter the program for the 2012-13 school year, and would be charged as part of the application process. The college has not previously collected an application fee from nursing program applicants.

The board will meet Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the college's board room, 500 Tausick Way. Meetings typically conclude by noon, and are open to the public.

The recommendation comes as the college is struggling with continued cuts to its budget from the state. Tuition hikes and fee increases for other programs have already been approved in the past few years.

In a memo to trustees, Mindy Stevens, vice president of Instruction for Workforce Education, states the $30 fee is comparable to what other nursing programs in the state assess. If approved, the fee would bring in an additional $9,000 or more a year.

The college's nursing program sees more than 300 students apply each year. A highly commended program, nursing education and related fields provides training in a high-demand field with job opportunities locally and outside the community.

During the monthly meeting, trustees will also hear updates on enrollment and budget status and review tenure recommendations, new hires and resignations.

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