It’s good news for now, but it’s a temporary solution only.
That’s the reaction of Northwest Community College and the NWCC student’s union to news that the BC government will provide one-time funding for Adult Basic Education.
In December, the province announced plans to stop funding the program which provides free high school courses at colleges.
The $6.9 million injection will mean ABE courses can continue tuition-free for 2015-2016, but after that NWCC will have to find away to make up for the $494,000 hit to its budget.
NWCC Student’s Union Chair Steven Verblac says that will likely mean tuition charges for ABE courses at NWCC which he worries will create barriers and lead to further declining enrollment at the college.
The college’s Director of Communications and Public Relations Sarah Zimmerman says the one-time funding provides some relief but NWCC will face the same problem when 2016-2017 comes around.
Zimmerman says college administration is still looking at what it will mean for NWCC and for students.
She says any proposal which includes charging tuition for College and Career Prep courses would have to go to the board of governors.