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On Public forum scheduled to discuss technical education center


Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

I say the Chamber of Commerce should stay out of the way. We elected the BOE to deal with these matters. The public has zero input on what the Chamber does behind closed doors.

It was Chamber of Commerce influence that brought the district the $20 million expenditure on the various PLAY athletic expansion projects. Reckless spending of tax dollars the district did not have.

I DO NOT want the Chamber of Commerce tapping into USD 497 tax dollars for their projects. That is NOT what the voters intended when approving the bond money.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

The Chamber is pushing for home building classes. Things people learn on the job and have been for at least 250 years or more.

cowboy 4 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence deserves better...a fully accredited votech and community college , not this subsidized local business training program. Why don't we have one ?

Kiana Griffin 4 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps because JCCC is so close and accessible.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

No it isn't. You try working 8 am to 5 pm then driving 30 miles to class before 6 pm and another 30 miles after 10pm. Try that 4 days a week. That is how working people improve their lives by going to college.

Nevermind the $15 /day for gas.

JCCC is fine for Johnson County. It is not even in the neighborhood of fine for Douglas.

Kiana Griffin 4 years, 7 months ago

When you consider JCCC's dedicated bus route to Lawrence plus their online classes, at least it's an option. In addition to Ottawa's NCCC, Highland Community College is in Perry and Washburn has a tech school in Topeka. Maybe not ideal, but certainly options.

meatheadwisdom 4 years, 7 months ago

Because State Stutes dictate that any four year state university has "ownership rights" to post secondary educational programming in it's county. You cannot offer courses or classes that are offered by that university without it's permission. Voc Ed will work since KU is probably not going ot be offering any HVAC certification courses (for example) anytime soon.

Lawrence Morgan 4 years, 7 months ago

Cowboy, you are exactly right.

I am working on a proposal for this very kind of community college, based on a variety of existing community colleges throughout the country--as well as new ideas, but it's going to take some time to finish it. Others may be working on ideas, as well.

Scott Morgan 4 years, 7 months ago

Actually, this city does need at least a Tech School. Maybe two, one for more blue collar careers, one for more scientific/tech careers.

Who would have thunk, a certificate for specialized heating and cooling (Green Jobs) can and does guarantee a nice career and future.

Also, for some reason folks forget Neosho CCC has a campus in North Ottawa. With our new 4 lane superhighway replacing bloody 59, one can be quick like a bunny on campus in a much less stress free drive.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 7 months ago

"in a much less stress free drive."


Which would be more stressful?

Scott Morgan 4 years, 7 months ago

geekin, having too much stress today, you are correct. Drive to Ottawa nowadays is a pc. of cake.

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