- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Pearl River Community College officials are struggling to finalize their budget after the Mississippi state legislature slashed the school’s funding.

The Picayune Item reports (https://bit.ly/2oEnj4i ) that the school is expected to see a $1.5 million reduction in their funding for the upcoming year. The $1.5 million represents a 10.2 percent cut.

The college’s president-elect, Adam Breerwood, says he does not want to raise tuition or cut staff but isn’t sure that’s possible.

Breerwood argues that community colleges are a worthwhile investment. If Mississippi cuts programs that train skilled workers, he warns, the state will not attract industry.

He isn’t optimistic that funding will come back quickly in the coming years. Even if it does, Breerwood says putting programs back in place is much harder than dismantling them.

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