Ten term or casual positions in adult educational cut, two casual employees’ contracts not renewed, five employees will see their hours reduced, vacant positions will not being filled
Holland College is slashing staff because of what the Prince Edward Island community college describes as “fiscal constraints.”
A total of 5.5 full-time equivalent term positions and 4.5 full-time casual positions will not be renewed in the adult education program.
Instructors who are part of the adult education program from across Prince Edward Island were called into meetings in Charlottetown Wednesday and given the news.
“Our first and foremost concern is always our students and staff," Holland College vice president Michael O’Grady said in a statement issued Wednesday.
"In order to ensure that the quality of our adult education courses is not compromised by the changes, the delivery model of the adult education program will be adjusted."
A substantial portion of the funding for the adult education program comes from the Labour Market Development Agreement.
The amount of funding is contingent on the number of participating Employment Insurance eligible students. Fewer EI eligible clients in the adult education program has made the current structure unsustainable, Holland College says.
“Our first and foremost concern is always our students and staff," Holland College vice president Michael O’Grady
However, Holland College confirmed adult education will still be offered in all nine locations across the province.
The cuts don’t stop at adult education.
As a result of a programming review, three additional positions that are currently vacant will not be filled and two casual employees will not have their contracts renewed, while up to five other employees will see their hours reduced.
“We are working to minimize the impact of these reductions on the staff. Our Human Resources department and the various department heads will meet with the affected employees over the next few days to discuss their options,” added O’Grady.