Students at the branch campuses of Central Oregon Community College may soon benefit from the addition of I.D. printers, due in part from funding from the Associated Students of Central Oregon Community College. This was one of several items on the table during the March fifth meeting of the ASCOCC.
Kelly Huskey, branch campus coordinator, argued in favor of ASCOCC helping to fund the new I.D. printer software. Outlined in her proposal was the cost of the software, at $9, 497. ASCOCC was asked to contribute roughly a third of that cost, at $3,247.25. According to Huskey, the software would benefit a large number of students at the branch campuses, whose student fees contribute to over 20% of ASCOCC’s budget, or $74,466. According to Huskey, the student government has agreed to spend these student fees in the past on equipment for the college, using the purchase of the easels for the science department in February as an example. The council voted to pay the cost.
“This is to show the students of the branch campuses that we care about them as much as we do the students of the science department,” said Huskey.
Next school year will see a ten percent increase in available Cascades East Transit passes from Student Life. Gordon Price of Student Life brought the details of this budget to the student government’s attention. ASCOCC is covering half the cost, which is $8,335, while Student Life paying the other half. This would include 2500 zone one passes, 56 zone two and three and 252 multi-zone passes.
In an effort to help students with their schedules, Brandi Jordan, outreach coordinator, is putting together a detailed student planner. Jordan is hoping to have the planner available at the bookstore for less than two dollars. The planner would include all the class blocks and be broken down to monthly and weekly schedules. Despite the project’s simplicity, some concern was raised about whether the planner would be useful. According to Matthew Coito, clubs coordinator, his experience with these kinds of planners usually result in most students leaving them in the bottom of their backpacks. The council decided to go forward with the project despite these concerns.
“We’ve had similar planners back in high school,” said Kyder Olsen, marketing and events coordinator. “I really liked them, thought they were very useful.”