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Board approves forward looking budget
May 19, 2021
New programs and enhanced services are among the investments in Medicine Hat College’s (MHC) 2021-2022 budget that was approved by its Board of Governors.
MHC is well-positioned to serve learners and the region with new opportunities in the months ahead and remains committed to delivering increasing access to face-to-face learning while maintaining flexibility for students. With support for programs, technology, and critical operational needs, this budget has the resources necessary to move the college forward.
“Our strategic plan provides a strong foundation for our future and this budget creates opportunities for flexibility and growth,” says Kevin Shufflebotham, college president and CEO. “The past year has taught us we need to be more nimble, more adaptable, and Budget 2021-22 gives us that capacity.”
This year’s budget gives the green light to offer increased programming opportunities (see attached). Several new programs are available in Fall 2021, with more in development for Fall 2022.
Future students can start their education in Advanced Accounting, Agroecology, Humanities and Social Sciences, or refresh their Practical Nurse certification this September. A Hospitality & Tourism major has also been added to the Business Administration diploma.
Microcredentials will also be part of the program mix in the coming months, offering more flexibility and choice. These short, concentrated groups of courses will enable learners to build on previous education or enter a new knowledge field in the areas of UAV Drone Advanced Pilot Training, Rainwater Harvesting, Permaculture Design, and Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Additional programs in development for Fall 2022 include Sport & Event Marketing and Management, Service Dog & Canine Studies and Management, and Sustainable Innovation which will offer majors in Business and Science.
The 2021-2022 budget also sees investment to support innovation, scholarly activity, and research, as well as additional chair positions in each of the four Schools: Arts, Science & Education; Business and Continuing Studies; Trades and Technology, and Health and Community Services.
As work continues on the Health, Wellness, and Athletics Expansion, which includes cultural and community spaces, resourcing will be made available for Indigenous engagement and support services. Funding has also been designated to support program accreditation, records and registration, policy development, community engagement and an overhaul of the college website.
It’s a good news budget, adds Shufflebotham.
“We’ve been through some tough times, but our collective efforts to increase access and opportunities are starting to pay off. There is considerable activity underway at the college and we look forward to contributing to Alberta’s economic recovery and the long term vitality of Southeast Alberta.”
- Revenue $55,224,800 / Expenses: $55,163,40
- Provincial Operating and Program Support Grant (formerly Campus Alberta Grant): reduction of 1.1% ($340,400)
- Infrastructure Maintenance Program funding: increase of 33% ($673,900)
- 7% increase to tuition fees, 31% increase to non-instructional student fees
- Budget built on 1,984 FLE students
- Spending $1,633,200 on capital items
- Estimated reserve balance at June 30, 2022: $13,494,000