Future Ford County college students will be seeing a decrease in credit hour fees at Dodge City Community College.

"Starting next school year the credit hour fees for Ford County students will go to $25," DC3 vice president of operations and finance Vada Hermon said at the board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. "That fee decreases from the current $30 per credit hour.

"Two years ago we were spending $1.2 million in scholarships where now we are spending $760,000. We are able to do this due to our student population increasing."

In order to approve the decrease, the board needed to vote on allowing $550,000 to go towards the $760,000 of scholarship money.

"I believe the $550,000 was the same amount requested last year," Hermon said, "but the number of students we had coming in had increased as well. The fee for non-Ford County students as well as out-of-state students will be $50 per credit hour."

The fees were approved unanimously.

The board also approved the acceptance of a comprehensive insurance plan with FEE Insurance Group for campus facilities.

The board approved a deal with High Plains Public Radio to have a share agreement regarding airtime for student radio.

"The show times are tentative at this time but the time would be in the morning until noon to around 1 p.m.," communications professor John Ewy said. "The program would also feature student radio in both English and Spanish. It has taken awhile to do this but the FCC supports this for us.

The college radio frequency is 91.9 FM.

New tools and equipment will be coming to students involved in lineman programs at the college.

The board approved the purchase of new equipment for students to better work and train at night.

"Most lineman are called out at night," DC3 vice president Danny Gillum said. "The purchasing of this new equipment will better train those students in an on-the-job setting. They will go to the students here on campus as well as those training in Emporia at our outreach school locations."

Gillum also reported that a partnership with Friends University starting with business courses, will be moving forward.

"The courses that will be offered," said Gillum, "business administration classes in accounting, management, computer information and human resources.

"We felt that business was the logical place to start in with this partnership. After this we will see what other areas we would like to pursue in the future if things go to plan."