Northwest plans major improvements, sets tuition increase

Mechanical-TechnologyIn preparation for major campus and program improvements in the school year ahead, the Board of Trustees at Northwest Mississippi Community College approved a tuition increase for the upcoming 2014-15 school year at their April 10 meeting.

Full-time in-state students will pay an additional $150, for a total of $1,275 per semester. Part-time in-state students will pay an additional $15, for a total of $110 per semester hour.

Out-of-state students will pay an additional $100, for a total of $1,200 in non-resident tuition fees. Out-of-state students will pay an additional $20, for a total of $210 per semester hour in non-resident fees.

“The college is trying to meet the changing needs of our district,” said Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears. “A new Allied Health facility and an L.P.N. to R.N. Bridge Program are in the planning stages that will help curb the shortage of health care workers in North Mississippi. A new Mechanical Technology facility will go on line this year to better meet the incredible demand for highly skilled workers in the growing manufacturing sector. New on-demand online curriculum will afford students the opportunity to start their Northwest education according to their own busy schedules throughout the year. We will ramp up our efforts in Dual Enrollment for area high schools in both academic and career-technical courses, better preparing them for higher education. These much-needed efforts come with a cost, and we have done everything possible to keep that cost at a minimum for our students.”

While tuition dollars will not pay for the construction of these new facilities, they will cover the cost of operating new programs and program enhancements, including increases in utility costs, personnel, equipment, maintenance and supplies.

With convenient online classes and locations in Senatobia, Southaven, Olive Branch, Ashland and Oxford, Northwest offers the pre-requisites needed to get ready for an exciting four-year degree at any of Mississippi’s colleges or universities or career and technical programs that get students in the workforce in as little as nine months for less than half the price of any Mississippi public college or university. For more information, call 662-562-3200 or visit www.northwestms.edu.

Pictured: This rendering, provided by Pryor & Morrow Architects, depicts the new Mechanical Technology facility that will serve as home to Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology, HVAC and Welding and Cutting programs.

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