Fire Science Academy tuition, fees set at MCC

KINGMAN - The Mohave Community College Board of Governors set tuition and fees for their first Fire Science Academy since 2006.

On Friday, the board voted 4-0 to approve the tuition and fees for the academy starting in January. Board President John T. Neal was not present.

Set at $2,800 for Arizona residents, the charge covers textbooks, uniforms, protective equipment and 10 credits of college-level coursework.

Tuition and fees will be $3,095 for students from states that are part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange program and $3,880 for out-of-state students.

The fees are higher than the January 2008 amount approved by the board because the instructor was able to arrange a partnership and design an accredited program.

Graduates of the program will receive state certification, making them eligible for hire by any Arizona fire department.

The credits will count toward an associate's degree in fire science.

The eight-credit-hour class offers Firefighter I and Firefighter II training and runs Jan. 10 to June 27 at Bullhead City Fire Station No. 1.

The course offers basic firefighter skills and is open to anyone 18 years or older. It mixes classroom training with skills training and live fire training.

New tuition payment plan

The board also approved fees for a new student payment plan beginning next semester.

Only tuition and fees for the semester can be put on the payment plan. All other charges are due prior to spring registration.

The non-refundable enrollment fee of $35 for students allows them to make payments over a three-month period. The enrollment fee will cover processing costs associated with the payment plan.

If tuition and fees are not paid in full one week prior to the start of spring classes, students will automatically be enrolled in the plan.

Students with financial aid will not be charged a payment plan enrollment fee unless their financial aid does not cover the full cost of tuition and fees.

Recognition given to retirees

The board recognized and honored retiring trustees Dan Hargrove and Victor Wakimoto. The board members have contributed a combined 43 years of service to MCC.

Wakimoto was appointed to the board in October of 1989 and began his first full term in office in January of 1991.

He has since served three consecutive terms representing District No. 1.

Hargrove was elected to the board in District No. 3 for his first term in January of 1985.

This coming December, Hargrove will complete his fourth consecutive term in office.

During their terms, the board members have overseen new science buildings and facilities, new programs, a new emphasis on the quality of education and a new direction for the management.

Finance and investments

Wakimoto and Neal served on a committee of the board to advise MCC administration with regard to finance and investments. Appointed by the board in October, they met twice.

The committee recommended protecting all public funds as a first and guiding priority, utilizing investment accounts only when the original investment is not at risk and immediately abandoning the sweep account.

They also suggested preparing a public bid for investment purposes and requiring any investment to be based upon available cash flow and for duration of time consistent with projected cash flow requirements.

Utilities

Vice Chancellor for Administration Lynn Cundiff alerted the board to the dramatic increase in utilities bills for MCC. He attributed the rise from last year to an increase in rates and consumption.

Cundiff called for a decrease in consumption by 25 percent. To do so, MCC is implementing:

• Irrigation of plants, grass, trees and shrubs must be reduced to a minimum that will provide adequate moisture for survival. No planting of new plants.

• When cooling, the temperature should be set to 78 degrees on each thermostat and set to 85 each evening at the end of the workday and at the end of classes.

• When heating, the temperature should be set to 72 degrees on each thermostat and set to 65 each evening at the end of the workday and at the end of classes.

• Lights should be turned off in each office and classroom when not in use.

• Timers should be put on parking lot and driveway lights in order to reduce the number of lights in use after 10 p.m. daily and on weekends.