Layoffs pending as Selkirk College faces shortfall

March 14, 2012

Tight budgets and sustained low enrolment at BC-based Selkirk College means administrative and teaching staff layoffs will occur in the coming months. "We are looking through some reductions in some of our services and programs and we’re just working through right now to determine the extent to which we’ll have to adjust the workforce," says president Angus Graeme. He says the institution faces a structural deficit each year from static provincial budgets, and some implications from the most recent budget "make the challenge a little bit more significant." With his institution currently facing a shortfall of more than $1 million, Graeme says the most significant impact will be a reduction in the number of university-level second-year science courses at the Castlegar campus, as well as a few revisions to Kootenay School of the Arts' studio programs. Selkirk College News | Nelson Star