Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ECCC President Briefs Winston County Supervisors on Status

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on June 16 in their regularly scheduled meeting. At the top of the agenda was Dr. Billy Stewart, President of East Central Community College who briefed the Supervisors on the status of the College.

Dr. Stewart indicated that the school’s overall GPA was 3.22 and that the school’s tuition costs was the second most inexpensive in the state last year and would likely be the least expensive for the coming year. Stewart also indicated that ECCC had been ranked as high as 23rd best community college in the United States by Washington Monthly.

For students in the district, incoming freshman will receive a match to their student aid to cover the full cost of their tuition next year.

Dr. Stewart also provided information on changes to requirements to be classified as a full-time student to aid in an increase of two year graduation.

The Board was also informed of fundraising efforts at the college including the Tony Dungy event that raised over $200,000, the largest fundraiser associated with the school. Dr. Stewart requested continued funding from the County to assist in the construction of a new dorm that is needed due to increased enrollment.

Stewart informed the Board of Supervisors of a grant application by ECCC along with the Montgomery Institute for $2.6 million to assist in providing training for employees of the new plywood facility that is being rebuilt in Louisville. The deadline for the grant application is July 7.