State budget cut to community colleges hits EWC

This spring the announcement of an 8% budget cut for the community colleges triggered the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees to set in motion the Reduction in Force (RIF) policy.  The work of a RIF committee has been completed and the Trustees took action at their board meeting held last night based on those recommendations.

The 8% cut equates to roughly $600,000 for the college.  When combined with previous reductions mandated earlier this year, it is a total funding cut of approximately 15% for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016.  That shortfall will be met with budget efficiencies and the RIF.  Eight positions were approved for layoff.  Additional budget efficiencies will also be in place.

“This is an extremely trying time for our state and our college.  We are losing people that we need and will be making adjustments in duties to make sure students still receive the same level of quality education and service they expect from EWC,” stated President Rick Patterson.  “We have had a lot of feedback from the community regarding the construction of our Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), during a time when there are personnel cuts. Let me assure you those funds are entirely separate and cannot be spent or reallocated to cover the 8% budget cut.”