Klamath Falls, Ore. – Oregon Tech is benefiting from additional state legislative funding for higher education with new construction, and a smaller than anticipated hike in tuition.
Oregon Tech students had been bracing for an 8% tuition increase.
But Oregon Tech V.P. of Finance Brian Fox says state funding for higher ed came in more than expected. “Instead of an 8% increase, we’ll be seeing only a 5% increase. Students will be saving about $225 per year from what we anticipated.”
Lawmakers also authorized $40,000,000 in state bonds for construction of the ‘Center for Excellence in Engineering and Technology’ at Cornett Hall.
“We’ll be expanding that, and connecting it with really, an additional building that’s focused on bringing together engineering, business, information technology, our cyber-security work.” Notes Fox.
Campus officials had been banking on tighter projected budgets – but say they’re excited about the additional funding.
“Even in hard budget times, investing in universities helps to build the economy.” Said Fox.
Oregon Tech will still need to raise an additional $2,000,000 in matching funds for the construction project.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.