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7/3/03 - Tyler

Part of TJC Testing Center Closing

Another casualty of state budget cuts at Tyler Junior College. A portion of the college's testing center is shutting down. The high stake's testing center will be closing as of August 1st.

Dr. William Crowe says the center was actually more of a community service than for their students. It was a "Prometric Center" where people could come to test for professional certifications like in accounting and computers, plus CLEP tests were given there. But, after Prometric cut their test reimbursements by half, the college says they couldn't afford losing 40,000 to 45,000 dollars a year.

"We always look at ourselves as a community college and part of our mission was to provide educational services to our community, but these state cuts really made everything so tight financially," says Dr. William Crowe, TJC President. "If it can't stand alone totally by itself, we just can't afford to support those kind of things with our money anymore."

Three employees work in the testing center and right now their jobs are still up in the air.  Dr. Crowe says if TJC can they'll reassign them. Now test-takers will have to drive to Dallas or Houston to another Prometric center.

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