BEATRICE – With the general election right around the corner, many local residents and farmers have spoken out about Southeast Community College’s $369 million bond issue that will be on next week’s ballot.
Beatrice Campus Director Bob Morgan tells News Channel Nebraska (video above) that there is a need in SCC’s 15 county area to have qualified workers in career and technical fields. Morgan says this bond issue is to help establish and renovate campuses to better serve the students they have currently, as well as reach out students looking for an inexpensive education and a better commute to classes.
Morgan says, “We graduated about 16,000 students in the past 10 years. We have about 50 programs so we’ve really put a lot of our graduates to work in Nebraska. As a matter of fact, 90 percent of our students stay in Nebraska and become taxpayers.”
The proposed renovation projects include replacement and renovations on the Beatrice campus to support specific programs such as Agriculture, Health Sciences, Business, Career Academy, and Academic Transfer.
SCC also has plans to renovate most facilities on the Milford Campus, renovate the 8800 O Street Lincoln Campus, and establish a new campus near downtown Lincoln.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau has opted to oppose the issue, stating their concerns on how it would impact the area on the “Vote No 369” website.
In a press release published to their website on Monday, the Nebraska Farm Bureau claims that a new poll, conducted via phone by the “Vote No 369” team, shows that voters across SCC’s 15 county area opposes the college’s $369 million bond issue. A sampling of more than 1,900 registered and likely voters in Lancaster County showed that 54 percent were against the bond, while only 31 percent supported it. They also conducted a sampling of another 408 registered and likely voters across the other 14 counties that showed 60 percent opposed, with only 20 percent supported the bond issue.