Makerspace Gets Big Budget Cuts

The budget cuts impact other programs like the Equity Center and work study on campus

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Students work with robotics at the Mt. SAC Makerspace on Sep. 6, 2019. Photo credit: Sinclair Andruska/SAC.Media.

The Mt. SAC Executive Board met at Founder’s Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 7. Phil Wolf, director of physics and engineering, said that the Makerspace budget was cut from $200,000 to $80,000.

The Makerspace, located in building F7, is where students can network and craft projects with hardware tools.

“We have to make sure we fund things that are effective,” Wolf said.

The budget cuts also affect services for work-study students and Equity Center managers. Some extracurricular activities will suffer from budget cuts, but job positions for next semester are looking to be filled.

“The fund is minimum; all positions were legitimate requests,” Executive Board President Chisa Uyeki said.

Eight positions that were approved include: a counselor, two science professors, a music band director, a professor of English as a second language, a Radio/TV professor, a professor for education for older adults and a librarian.

Financial aid dual enrollment policies were discussed for future students and those who transfer. If a student receives bad grades in a dual enrollment course taken the first time, it can affect their aid entitlement.

“If a student fails counseling 5, retakes classes at another college, it clears,” counselor Emily Versace said. “But if they retake it here, it doesn’t.”

If a student does not pass 67 percent of their units, it can affect their overall GPA, and that student can end up on probation. This would then affect their financial aid for future courses. The board will further discuss this at the next meeting, and they also will discuss graduation requirements and changes to degrees and certificates at a future meeting. The board will meet again at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 21 in Founders Hall at 11:15 a.m.