Student enrollment may impact club budget

Story by Andrea Ramos

Anthony Montero club member for Real Productions waiting for students to come by his booth at Join A Club day at LAC LBCC. (Photo by Cassandra Reichelt).

Depending on student enrollment and the purchase of optional college service cards, LBCC may propose budget cuts for clubs for the following year.

With an expected drop in enrollment, LBCC could be given less money from the state than they did the previous year.

ASB has seen a drop in college service card sales for the 2018 school year, as well as a drop in students signing up for clubs in the spring.

LBCC is responsible for promoting the school as well as to meet enrollment and high graduation rate.

Jan Paolo Canteras was able to clarify, “So right now it will not affect any of the clubs, we anticipated this drop in enrollment, but it is the schools responsibility to promote the school for next year, it depends on how many students will enroll for the following school year that will determine if there will be budget cuts,” Contreras said.

“Right now there are a lot of initiatives using the funding formula, we’re trying to figure out how to help students complete their degrees and finish college, instead of just enrolling.”

The funding formula takes into account the rate of enrollment, student success, and how many are receiving financial assistance.

With the formula in place, it will determine how much will be granted to the school and after that it will determine how much will be left over for clubs.

LAC held Join A Club Day on Feb. 2, where the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society had their booth, Michelle Pecheck an advisor for the society talks about how they raise their money.

“The budget cuts will not affect us at all, we are international and we are really huge , we ride the ups and downs out, we have over 124,000 members so it will not affect us at all.” Pecheck said.

LBCC is a hold harmless school, meaning there will be grants to help the school while LBCC transitions into the new funding formula and anticipate a drop in enrollment.

The LBCC Justice club that advocates for the formerly and currently incarcerated and systems impacted student population had a booth on Join A Club Day at PCC.

The student in charge of the booth, Malia Judie, is a business major and was able to speak on how she felt about proposed budget cuts.

“I think we’ve always kind of received the short end of the stick probably because of the way are club is, and because there’s a lot of judgment placed on system impacted students … I feel that we have always made a way for ourselves regardless of funding,” Judie said.

For the school year of 2018-2019 there will be no cut backs for clubs, however, it may change following enrollment impact for the next school year.