Better East Texas: The big picture behind Kilgore College cuts

Better East Texas: The big picture behind Kilgore College cuts

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - It was announced recently that Kilgore College is cutting several well-established programs as a cost-cutting measure.

Colleges and universities go through the process of evaluating specific programs and have to make the tough decision on continuing to fund programs or eliminate them. The decision is usually based on the popularity of the program and financial viability of the program and the financial health of the institution.

In this case, Kilgore College cites a reduction in tax revenues in making the decision to shutter the Early Childhood Program and the agriculture program. Kilgore College appears to have had no other option because the reduction in revenue has been a multi-year trend. The decision also eliminates several dozen jobs at the college.

So, what does this mean in the bigger picture? Government funded organizations are usually the leading edge of reflecting changing economic conditions – and that may be the case here. This is probably only the first of multiple area-wide headlines that will deal with changes in structure. But while this type of news is unsettling, it does not have to all be bad.

This is a time when workers learn new skills, economies are diversified and creative opportunities emerge. Much of the motivation starts with the proper attitude so companies, businesses, and yes even colleges need to look creatively to embrace change and not be a victim of it. It is the only way our economic engine will prosper moving forward and it will make for a Better East Texas.

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