- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - Kodiak College is cutting some programs that are no longer in demand to save money during a difficult fiscal time for the state.

Kodiak College asked the University of Alaska Anchorage to stop admitting students to two undergraduate certificates: one in construction technology and one in industrial safety program support.

“When we look at the entire university system, there has been a mention by President (Jim Johnsen) about the need to reduce the number of programs across the university, and that’s our part of it. It’s a logical choice to cut something that there are just no students for,” Alan Fugleberg, director of Kodiak College, told KMXT-FM (https://bit.ly/1Uuov3U).

Fugleberg said those certificates aren’t in high demand and the low enrollment doesn’t justify the expense of hiring a teacher. “We just have had very little interest and actually have no enrollment as of the time of program suspension,” said Fugleberg.

Kodiak might offer some of the classes from those programs through the continuing education program it is building, the director said.

Fugleberg said the college is also removing the Associate of Applied Science degree program in computer systems technology because of low enrollment.

According to Fugleberg, the Anchorage campus suspended admission to that program about a year ago. Many of the same courses will be offered through Kodiak’s occupational endorsement certificate, he said.

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Information from: KMXT-FM, https://www.kmxt.org

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