NWCC presents provisional budget to Board of Governors

May 1, 2015

Northwest Community College (NWCC) presented its provisional 2015/16 budget to its Board of Governors April 17, 2015. The budget identified $1.4 million in cost-savings to address a shortfall in government funding and a decline in enrollment related revenue.

This shortfall has been mitigated primarily through working with NWCC’s unions and their members to come up with innovative solutions including early retirement incentives and voluntary severance. Some of those incentives have already been accepted and for others, that process is ongoing. This process has allowed NWCC to reduce the impact on people and courses.

Northwest Community College continues to see strong demand for Trades, First Nations Fine Arts, Business, Health and Workforce Training & Continuing Studies courses and programs. These areas remain robust with healthy enrollment numbers. Some University Credit courses, however, have seen low enrollment.

“Some University Credit courses with low enrollment – such as courses with as few as two or three students enrolled – may be reduced to find efficiencies in our course offerings,” said NWCC President Ken Burt. “However, it is important to note that University Credit courses will continue to be offered in Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers.”

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