A small increase in tuition at Pratt Community College for the 2014-2015 school year will not include in-state students.
The PCC Board of Trustees voted for the increase at their regular meeting Monday night.
Tuition for out of state students will increase $1 from $62 to $63 while international students will see a $2 increase in tuition going from $113 to $115 but in-state tuition will stay the same, said PCC President Michael Calvert.
General fees at the college will stay the same for all students at $39 making the total tuition and fees for in-state students at $95, out of state $102 and international $154.
The college wants to make the impact of tuition and fees on in-state students as flat as possible. Currently, PCC has the highest tuition and fees among Barton, Butler, Cowley, Dodge City, Garden City, Hutchinson and Seward with rates ranging from $78 at Seward to $95 at Butler.
"We're trying hard to stay competitive in the market place," Calvert said. "But we still need to provide quality service and programs."
Also increasing were an additional $1 for concurrent fees and a one percent increase in residence hall charges. The increase in residence hall rates ranges from $42 a year to $60 a year depending on the hall.
Students heading to PCC for the 2014-2015 school year will have two new programs to choose from in the curriculum.
The Board approved a multimedia course and an electrical technology course for next year. The Kansas Board of Regents has to approve both programs but Calvert is confident the college will be able to offer both next year.
The electrical technology program will be offered in partnership with Coffeyville Community College. In a pilot program at PCC, five students are currently enrolled but the college hopes to offer the complete program in the fall.
While the Electrical Power and Technology program focus is on working on power poles, the new electrical technology program will focus on working in buildings and residences, heating and air conditioning and control panels on the ground, Calvert said.
The need for people in this field is growing and the college hopes to help fill that need.
The college will also offer a multimedia production course in collaboration with the Kiowa County Media Center.
The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a $20,000 Innovative Technology Grant to PCC to help get the multimedia program operating. This grant will help get the program started with very little financial impact on PCC.
The Kiowa County Media Center has excellent equipment and PCC will be able to share resources with them. The goal for the program is two fold. They want to prepare students to go to work fairly soon or to get an associate degree and continue working on a degree at a four-year institution, Calvert said.
The new program will include classes in mass media, digital photography, digital media design, commercial and news photography, live event production, video camera production and more.
Initially students would have to attend Greensburg High School and take this for college credit but the plan is to develop it into a program for regular college students.
The college hopes KBOR will approve the program by spring and have from 10 to 12 students enrolled.
Current enrollment is four percent ahead of the same time last year. Residence hall occupancy is at 96 percent, an increase of five percent over the same time last year.
Student retention numbers are a concern every year but those numbers are ahead of last year as well and the college is encouraged about the population numbers for the year.