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HFCC Plans University Center, Other Improvements With Millage Money

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The Henry Ford Community College campus. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons, Photographer Dwight Burdette)

The Henry Ford Community College campus. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons, Photographer Dwight Burdette)

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DEARBORN (WWJ) – Henry Ford Community College Wednesday expressed thanks to Dearborn’s voters for passing two millage proposals Tuesday — and gave more details on what it will do with the money.

Said HFCC president Stan Jensen: “This millage represents a significant part of the College’s operating budget and I want to thank the voters for voting yes on both proposals. Words are simply not enough to express how happy the entire college community is. I’m very appreciative of the faith our community continues to show toward HFCC, and I promise that as the College heads into its next 75 years, the best is yet to come.”

The millage renewal proposal requested a 3-mill renewal for 10 years, effective 2015. At stake was approximately $10 million of the college’s local operating budget. Taxpayers will pay $135 per year for this renewal.

The millage restoration proposal requested a 1 mill increase for the next five years, effective 2014. The restoration will raise an estimated $3.3 million for HFCC in 2014, restoring operational funds. Since 2003, operational revenue has dropped due to declining enrollments, falling state appropriations and lower property tax revenue. Taxpayers will pay $45 for each year, which will equate to $3.75 per month.

The college announced several improvements coming thanks to the passage:
* A University Center where students can continue their education beyond a two-year associate’s degree with classes from other institutions.
* Enhanced programming for international students.
* A comprehensive Student Success Center.
* Upgrades and purchases of state-of-the-art technology and laboratory equipment.
* Class-to-career programs and placement efforts.
* Enhanced distance education courses and degree programs.

HFCC’s operating budget for the 2013-14 academic year is $79 million.

To learn more about HFCC, visit http://www.hfcc.edu or call (800) 585-HFCC (4322).

Founded in 1938 as Dearborn Junior College, HFCC has 18,000 students and offers more than 100 associate degree career and university transfer program along with custom training program.

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