By Kyran Crist / Staff Writer

The Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees discussed at the March 11 month meeting a couple directly affecting students, including graduation and tuition increases. 

The 2021 commencement ceremony will be held in two-time frames on April 30 at the Sports Arena. The first being held for students graduating with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Certificates of Technical Education at 4 p.m. The second for students earning an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of General Studies (AGS), held at 7 p.m.

Tuition for the next year will go up to $2 per credit hour. With approval, the in-state tuition prices will be going to $95 per credit hour, out of state $123, and international $135. 

Trustees in attendance were Terry Bisbee, Rod Calhoun – Vice-chair, Marla Eriksen, David Marshall – Chair, Todd Miller, Mo Penny, Bob Snyder.

The next board of trustees meeting is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. on April 8 at the Justice Theater inside Shears Technology Center.

About Board meetings – The meetings are open to the public.

“The Board of Trustees encourages the advice and counsel of citizens in planning and operating the college.  Meetings of the Board of Trustees are open to the public, except when closed for an executive session under the provisions of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

The public is welcome to attend Board meetings and is encouraged to address comments to the Board of Trustees, the President, or other appropriate administrators.

Time is available during each regularly scheduled meeting for public comments.  Persons wishing to comment on any agenda item during such time should raise their hands to seek recognition by the Chairperson. Once recognized, persons should address the Board of Trustees from the podium, state their names and address and conclude their comments within five minutes. 

Any matter not on the meeting agenda may be considered or acted upon by the Board of Trustees, only if a majority of the Board of Trustees agrees to consider such matter.

The meetings are also live-streamed online if unable to attend in person, and the agenda for each meeting can be found on the HutchCC website. Though if you haven’t had a chance to get to either, here is your brief rundown of the meeting.

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