Johnson says state support for SE Tech has been reduced from two-thirds of its operating budget to one-third...and he says that change has been borne on the backs of students through higher tuition costs. He says the governor's proposal in no way returns to the old way of doing business but it helps staunch the bleeding.
Johnson stresses that tuition hikes were not the only response to reduced state support. He is adamant that budgets were also cut to degrees not acknowledged by many in the legislature or around the state. He also says college partners in private business are investors, as well.
A real increase in state investment, according to Johnson, can be a game changer as his school and others work to eliminate what's called the skills gap between the needs of local employers and the training of the local workforce.