Washington State Community College Cuts Jobs

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Without warning, Washington State Community College eliminated seven jobs last week and made three others part time.

School officials blame the budget and declining enrollment.

President Bradley Ebersole also pointed to a reduction in public funding, a declining high school population and reduced financial aid for students.

Predicting a five percent decline next year, some supervisory positions were eliminated that could be reassigned.

"So we tried to be very strategic about it. I'll tell you that it's not fun, it's painful and those people who were displaced were wonderful employees for the institution," said President Ebersole, Washington State Community College.

The college is also cutting back on certain programs, making way for new areas of study such as welding.

Ebersole says the students shouldn't see too much of a difference.

The mission for student success is still strong, it's the faculty that will be more directly affected according to Ebersole.

This article contributed by WTAP Television in Parkersburg.