Highland Community College Announces Layoffs, Budget Cuts

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Highland Community College will lay off five FT employees and one PT position, and also reduce the work hours of five others employees to reduce payroll costs in the wake of the state budget crisis.  The moves were made in a special meeting of Highland’s Board of Trustees.

Total payroll expenses will be reduced by more than $500,000 in an effort to reduce an estimated $2.25 million shortfall.

Highland will also cut $700,000 in areas such as, employee travel & training, insurance, employee benefits, and the College- funded student worker program.

The College Board of Trustees have already approved a tuition hike of $6/credit hour that will generate $240,000 in additional revenues.

“Although this plan will necessitate reallocation of scarce resources, every effort has been made to ensure that the quality of academic programs and services to students are protected,” said HCC President Tim Hood in a news release.  “We believe that the strengthening of and growth in academic programs during recent years has improved the financial position of the College. Without this positive momentum, the reductions that we are now instituting would have been more sweeping.”

The Highland Community College Board of Trustees will consider approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 tentative budget during their July meeting.   

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