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CWI makes cuts to save $770K

The College of Western Idaho will cut positions and employee pay to save $770,000 next fiscal year.

The college’s Board of Trustees approved a plan that will affect approximately 50 faculty and staff to address declining state financial support and growing student enrollment.

The cuts come as enrollment has climbed to more than 4,800 credit-seeking students and 19,000 non-credit students, more than quadruple a year ago.

“The decision to cut positions comes with a very heavy heart,” said Guy Hurlbutt, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, in a statement. “Unfortunately, enrollment increases are not funded, and we are faced with many difficult cost-cutting decisions. CWI must provide high quality educational opportunities for students and maintain sustainability.”

The college currently employs nearly 300 permanent employees. The changes will take effect July and August 2010.

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