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REPORTING · 5th April 2012
Walter McFarlane
There have been plenty of concerns going around Kitimat concerning the future of the North West Community College here in town. Councillor Mary Murphy brought forward concerns about budget cuts affecting the future of the campus at a Council Meeting earlier in the year.

Last week a media inquiry to the College got the answer from Debra Wall,
Marketing Communications Advisor: “No North West Community College campus will be closed. North West Community College is still working through the process of identifying impacted programs and positions.”

Wall explained the majority of the employees whose positions have been affected by the cuts have been notified. The College is working through the process of ensuring they are well informed as to their rights and options. The options include voluntary severance, reduced hours of work, job sharing, transfer or bumps into other positions, assisted leave to seek alternative employment and early retirement.

“The full scope of this downsizing transition will not be known until later in April. This is due to the fact that we are working with impacted staff and affording them the opportunity to exercise their rights under various collective agreements,” said Wall.

The College will not be releasing the job positions which are being impacted until the individuals have plans regarding their transitions. They hope to continue delivery of high quality and accessible post secondary education.

“Like other colleges and universities in the province, North West Community College is challenged to address inflationary costs and increased demands for programs and services,” said Wall. “North West Community College has been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of our community’s economic success.”