TERRACE – President Denise Henning has been meeting with employees at NWCC campuses this week to receive input from the College community about possible collaborative solutions to address NWCC’s deficit.
President Henning states, “We are going around to the campuses and having these town hall- type meetings with employees. The reason we are doing this is because we are very committed to people and we are very committed to processes that are transparent.”
NWCC’s deficit is estimated to be between $1.6M and $2M. At the end of October 2011, employees were told NWCC was facing a deficit of approximately $1.3M. Further review of the college financials completed in early January 2012 indicates the deficit will be higher than first projected because revenue will not meet expectations.
Henning continued, “I took this job knowing NWCC had a deficit of over a million dollars. Instead of coming in and presenting a balanced budget last year, which would have meant major cuts without any strategic direction looking toward the future, I asked the government for a year’s grace so we could do the important work of Priority Planning – that is, receiving input about what’s important for our community members, business and industry, our students and our employees. We needed to do this so we could make informed decisions not only to address our deficit, but more importantly, to transform NWCC into a vibrant, sustainable community college.”
NWCC’s administration, along with union leadership, is asking employees and the public for collaborative solutions to address the deficit while at the same time, minimizing impact to students and staff. Meetings with employees will continue at all NWCC campuses giving everyone the opportunity to voice their suggestions and concerns. A website is being developed that will contain budget updates and people can submit their money-saving suggestions to email@example.com
An announcement will be made once the website is available.
“This is an extremely difficult time for all of us and some hard decisions will need to be made,” Henning said. “These decisions will be made collaboratively and inclusively using NWCC’s mission, values and principles as a framework. We will all work together on solutions that will support our students, communities and employees.”