December 19, 2014

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Lorain County Community College cuts 22 jobs

ELYRIA — Twenty-two positions were eliminated at Lorain County Community College, effective July 1, as a result of an academic consolidation plan as well as an annual budget review.

Nine jobs were affected by the academic consolidation plan and 13 positions were eliminated in the budgeting process.

The consolidation plan was announced on campus May 5.

Tracy Green, vice president of strategic and institutional development, said nine total positions were eliminated as a result of the consolidation. Three academic dean contracts were not renewed, and two of the three were interim positions. In addition, six support staff positions were cut and of those six, two were temporary positions and three retired.

The three divisions being merged are Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the Academic Foundation and the Business Division.

HPER will be aligned with Allied Health and Nursing, and the Business Division will join with Engineering and Information Technology and the Division of Social Sciences and Human Services. The Academic Foundation will go into Science and Mathematics Division.

Green said the college simultaneously went through its annual budgeting process and as a result several jobs and initiatives that were temporary or supported through grants were not absorbed into the college’s budget.

In total, 13 of those types of positions were eliminated.

Eight temporary positions, including seven full-time and one part-time, were eliminated. Green said temporary positions are not part of the college’s permanent staffing table.

Two additional contracts were not renewed due to a change in funding and three positions will not be renewed following retirements.

“This is something we do every May and June,” Green said. “Each year, the college assesses all contracts and associated funding sources, especially of temporary positions as a part of its standard budgeting process.”

The college closed out its fiscal year June 30.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.