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Jackson Community College Expects $3.7M Cuts

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$3.7 million cuts are expected hit to Jackson Community College. The College's Board of Trustees passed the budget cut in a six to one vote Monday night after an at least 11 percent drop in enrollment compared to fall of last year.

Cindy Allen, the Vice President of Administration says "we ramped up over the years
to try to take care of the influx of students we had and now we justneed to back it down a little bit as painful as that is."

Over the past few years, growth in enrollment was steady, but Allen says since state funding has dried up, more people have also headed back to work and left the area for it.

Allen says "Some of this was expected, we just didn't expect that significant of a drop, but we're responding to it and were just trying to return our work force back to the level of the number of students to about back in 2006."

It means more than $3 million in cuts, the closing of the downtown Jackson Center come Decemeber, renovations haulted at north campus and 14 support staff employees laid off starting Tuesday.

Jason Valente of the JCC Foundation says "this was the last resort. We really are struggling with it its not an easy thing."

Valente says since the news, other staff members have come forward wanting to help those laid off.  He says an account was set up that people have been putting money
into to provide support. 

6 News also spoke to the trustee who did "not" approve the cuts. Phil Hoffman says they should have looked at the programs they subsidize before cutting jobs.

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