By Shawn Jennison, Director of Communications & Marketing, Clover Park Technical College
LAKEWOOD, WA – Clover Park Technical College employees will be taking their first furlough day on Friday, October 29, the first of four scheduled furlough days during the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
In response to the Governor’s Executive Order to reduce costs by 6.3 percent during the current fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011), all unions and non-represented staff agreed to voluntarily cut their pay by four working days this fiscal year in order to temporarily postpone the need for additional layoffs.
“Just like our neighboring colleges across Washington State, we are looking for ways to trim our expenses in order to meet state-mandated cuts,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “We are doing the best we can with record enrollment and fewer state dollars,” he added.
All staff and faculty are striving to continually serve more students with fewer staff/faculty and resources, in order to support our community’s workforce training needs during this recession.
The latest numbers show fall 2010 full-time equivalent (FTE) students up 6 percent from fall 2009. Fall 2009 was up 13 percent from fall 2008.
* Scheduled furlough days are Friday, October 29, 2010; Wednesday, November 24, 2010; Friday, February 18, 2011; and Friday, May 27, 2011.
* No college services will be provided on all scheduled furlough days.
* Previously scheduled events in the McGavick Conference Center will proceed as scheduled.
* By the end of this biennium (July ’09-June ’11), Clover Park Technical College will have cut 20 percent of its budget, totaling approximately $3.9 million.
* The projected 2011-2012 fiscal year budget cut will be an additional 10-12 percent.