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Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 11:32am

Tech Schools Deal With Budget Cuts

Officials with the Technical College System of Georgia say they’ve already seen their $365 million state funding cut by 10 percent and expect similar cuts next year.

About 60 percent of tech school budgets come from state funds. The rest comes from the federal government and student tuition.

Augusta Tech president Terry Elam says that, while the cuts don’t hit schools like his quite as hard as 4 year colleges, reductions will hurt.

"I expect a tuition increase and I expect there will be some proposals coming out of Atlanta we’ll have to deal with that could include some readjustments of salaries either through furloughs or salary cuts," said Elam.

State officials say they’re waiting to hear from lawmakers before they finalize plans for more cuts.