FHTC Board discusses good financial report, program change proposals

The Flint Hills Technical College Board of Trustees met on Monday where several topics were covered from financial reports to proposed changes in curriculum.
FHTC President Dr. Dean Hollenbeck also took time to thank local authorities for their help in assisting after an unspecified threat was made against the college last week. Dr. Hollenbeck says everything went smoothly.
First quarter finances for the college also are performing right on target. Tuition and fees were both slightly higher than normal as was investment income. Expenses and utilities for the first quarter both came in lower than projection. Dr. Hollenbeck noted that the Board of Regents is seeking more funding with Senate Bill 155 for high school students to be able to enroll in technical programs. If it were approved the program would be fully funded, but faces hurdles as the Legislature also must address the K-12 school funding bill. Dr. Hollenbeck says there is a chance that it could be looked at but says they'll have to wait and see.

Also discussed was the revision of and name change for the Business Administrative Technology program. The revised program would be for a total of 32 credit hours of courses for the Technical Certificate and 60 hours of courses for the Associate of Applied Science degree. The name change would drop the word administrative. Two new technical certificate levels for the Emergency Services Technology program also were discussed. Both of those program proposals are coming back for board approval in December.