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CNC faces deficit, program cuts

Instructors and the programs they teach at the College of New Caledonia are facing possible cuts.

CNC Faculty Association President David Rourke estimates that 20 faculty positions could be affected as administration attempts to deal with a $2.8 million shortfall in its 2015/2016 budget.

Rourke says program and service reductions are proposed for CNC’s Prince George and regional campuses.

Rourke expects that some university transfer courses and trades will also feel the pinch.

CNC President Henry Reiser says students, programming, and administration will share the burden equally as the college finds ways to deal with the deficit, but cautions that it’s premature to be talking about specifics.

Reiser says CNC’s growing deficits are a result of its priority to keep fees low combined with the provincial cap on tuition.

Decisions about which programs will be affected will happen March 27th at the CNC board of governors meeting.

Both the faculty association and CNC say students in any of the affected programs will be allowed to complete their studies.

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