LCC’s 3% student enrollment increase did not meet the projected 8% officials were hoping for, and now the college budget finds itself under a tight belt. We're told the school must save about one million dollars this year to maintain a balanced budget. L.C.C. President, Juan Maldando, says that in order to save the money, the college will freeze hiring, hold off on any equipment purchases and physical plant projects, unless they are critically essential.
"The enrollment this semester went from an eight percent projected. To a three percent and we're still generating courses to address that need but in order to just meet the cuts for the state this year in the projected shortfall we need to make up a million."
Maldonado says that with state cuts on education, the school is also expecting to see at least $800,000 in cut backs over the up-coming school year.