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E-mail has some JCTC students concerned about loss of major

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are rumors of potential cuts at Jefferson Community and Technical College -- and an e-mail that has recently surfaced has some JCTC students concerned about losing their majors.

Nico Botones grew up loving movies -- and his work as a digital film-making student at JCTC shows promise.

"This is like our sanctuary -- like our editing room," he said, showing our news crew around. "You can work on video stuff here or other classes too."

But much like a great film, there's conflict. JCTC only offered one of the four digital film classes this semester due to enrollment.
There are only 36 people currently enrolled in the specialty.

"This current semester we had four students enroll for the next level of digital film-making, and with four students, we couldn't economically do that," said Terry Lutz, a JCTC digital film-making professor.

A staff member sent an email to some students, saying, in part, "We absolutely need more bodies in seats."

That puts fear in Botones and his classmates.

"They're taking out the track of digital film-making in the Communications Arts major," he said.

"I can't say it's in trouble," said Diane Calhoun-French, Provost at JCTC. "What I will say is we will look at the enrollments, and if there's not a demand for it, we may not offer it in the future."

While the provost says the specialty has not been cut, the man who teaches JCTC's digital film classes says he's preparing for a possible change: either course work, curriculum or...

"Because the numbers are so low, we need to look at suspending for at least a little while," said Lutz.

"It would be devastating, knowing I'm almost there," Botones said. "I'm almost there to getting my Associate degree."

The provost says if digital film goes away, impacted students would be able to finish the program. The school is familiar with the process, having recently cut specialties like real estate and woodworking tech.

"We'd love to offer every course every semester, but resources are limited, so what we're looking at is, 'what are the courses that will serve the most students the best?'" Calhoun-French said.

Digital film not going down without a fight. Students are petitioning to keep it, and inviting JCTC's new president to tour and see the program himself.

Botones says he's quick to praise the program for its, "close interaction with professors and students," adding that, "everything is hands on."

It's life on film for Botones and his classmates, and right now, the ending is a cliffhanger.

JCTC officials say they will look at the viability of digital film-making next semester.

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