Increased Enrollment at Pine Tech Helps Offset Proposed Cuts

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 6:15 am

One of the biggest areas hit by the proposed cuts laid out by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty are to state colleges and universities.  Pawlenty rolled out his plan to balance the states budget earlier this week.

The Governor is proposing $47 million in reductions to state higher education institutions.  However, Pine Technical College President Dr. Rober Musgrove says the cuts will only effect the school slightly.

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Musgrove says enrollment for the spring semester is up 20-percent and says the fall saw an enrollment increase by 23-percent.

Dr. Musgrove says the economy is undoubtedly playing a factor in the boost

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A $2.4 million project at Pine Tech is included in both the House and Senate bonding bill.  The money will allow the college to renovate the building to be a business incubator.  State Senator Tony Lourey talked about the projected on the Red Rock Radio legislative update on Wednesday.

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