I write to reassure the public that Big Bend Community College will be open for summer quarter classes starting July 1 regardless of what happens in Olympia in the next few weeks.
While we remain hopeful the Washington Legislature will reach a budget agreement by June 30, the citizens of our service district need to be assured that the top priority at BBCC is providing a high-quality education to our students.
BBCC has the resources to operate through summer quarter while we wait for a budget agreement. There will be no disruption for students in programs that traditionally have summer enrollment, like nursing and aviation.
As soon as the state budget is approved and we complete mandatory procedures, BBCC trustees will adopt the 2013-14 operating budget at an upcoming meeting.
In the meantime, BBCC’s job is to remain resilient and student-focused as budget negotiations continue. Students can enroll with confidence in BBCC this summer quarter.
Dr. Terrence Leas,