BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave Community College Board of Governors voted Thursday morning to approve a $45.25 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The spending is 2.3% above that in the 2018-2019 budget, according to documents handed out at the meeting.

No one spoke at a public hearing on the budget, though one man in Bullhead City had indicated his intention to address the board.

He decided not to speak, citing poor reception of the signal from the Kingman campus, where board members met. 

Board President Julie Bare said the man’s voice was audible to board members, and directed college staff to work on the issue, promising not to conclude the hearing before those in Bullhead City had a chance to participate.

The man left immediately. 

The board voted 3-0 to approve the budget. Members Susan McAlpine and Ashley Pascual were absent, but Bare read into the record a letter from McAlpine, noting that more than half of Mohave County voters supported 2016’s Proposition 206, which put in place a series of minimum-wage increases.

McAlpine wrote that the rate has impacted numerous college employees and will continue to do so.

The budget includes $25.29 million in property tax revenue, $7.8 million in tuition and student fees and $1,630,300 in state appropriations.

The latter number is down 3.6% from the current budget, not counting state capital support, which is zero in the 2019-20 budget, and was $447,200 for this fiscal year.

The college’s property tax levy is up 4.1%.

In the regular meeting after the public hearing and budget meeting, the “Mohave Minute” video segment highlighted success in the college’s registered nurse program.

The program was named to the RNCareers.org list of best ranked nursing programs. Factors weighed in choosing the list include national board exam pass rates and job placement rates for graduates.

The most recent statistics show that 96.5% of MCC RN graduates passed the national board exam on the first attempt, college spokesman James Jarman said. 

That’s well above the national average of 76.43%.

RNCareers.org is a team of nurse educators, nurse practitioners, RNs and LPNs. The organization evaluated 1,892 RN programs across the U.S. in creating its rankings. 

“Our mission is to provide the nursing information we wish we had when we began our careers,” said Jeff Morrow of RNCareers.org.

Other factors scored included accreditation and program offerings.

Jarman said MCC has a 100% job placement rate for its registered nursing graduates. He said graduates of the college’s licensed practical nursing and dental hygiene programs also have first-time pass rates near 100%.

The video also included a segment on financial aid director Heather Patenaude, who has earned consumer information certification from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Interim President Diana Stithem told board members that a proposal to give state money to nonprofits for the purpose of teaching adult education was defeated in the Arizona Legislature this year, but that she expects it to return. 

Community college presidents, she said, thought it “ridiculous” and “a weird use of money,” and “will continue to fight this next year.”

Board members also voted to accept a bid from Sunland Asphalt of Bullhead City for a paving project on the Kingman campus.

The bid amount is not to exceed $390,346. Sunland’s bid was about $363,000 lower than a proposal from the only other bidder, McCormick Construction.

The work is expected to be completed before fall classes begin in August.

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