West Kentucky Community and Technical College makes cuts
If you have a student at a community college, your child’s school could be cutting positions and programs. As we first reported Wednesday night, between a drop in enrollment and a decade of budget cuts, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System plans to cut 505 positions state-wide.
Of those positions, 191 are faculty and 315 are staff. Many of those jobs are vacant already. Forty-five faculty and 125 staff members were actually laid off.
The cuts are impacting West Kentucky Community and Technical College. A spokesperson says the college has eliminated 15 positions due to resignations and retirements. It is not renewing an additional six employment contracts. Nine of these positions are faculty and 12 are staff.
WKCTC also did not renew its contract with the Kentucky Innovation Network. It’s only closing one program: the Construction Technology Program.
These cuts are part of the college system’s effort to close a $26 million budget gap. KCTCS spokeswoman Mary Hemlepp says the college system’s financial problems stemmed from seven years of state appropriation cuts and an additional 4.5 percent in the next biennium. Several years of declining enrollment also led to tuition shortfalls.