Students are enrolling at Tri-County Technical College in fewer numbers than they were at the height of the last recession, but the college president says there’s still the need for students to take the kinds of courses that impart skills to make things. Those comments during a luncheon today preceded the official presentation of Tri-County Tech’s budget request of Oconee for 2013-14. As one of three service counties, Oconee pays a proportionate share of Tech’s costs for physical plant operations and major maintenance and capital renovations. Dr. Ronnie Booth, Tech President, announced a flatline request that would add five thousand dollars to the college’s Oconee request one year ago. Adding $5 thousand to Tech’s request from a year ago brings this year’s request to $1,041.785. Receiving the request were Oconee County staff and members of the County council’s budget and finance committee.