Hudson Valley Community College trimmed its workforce by 18 jobs, citing the impact of the recession and stagnant government funding on its operating budget.
The college implemented a “retrenchment and work schedule reduction” that cut 18 full- and part-time workers. Another 10 jobs were given reduced hours as part of the reduction, which includes a variety of other cost cutting initiatives already implemented.
“Hudson Valley understands that affordable, high quality education is critical to our community,” college spokesman Dennis Kennedy said in a news release. “The college is taking proactive measures to protect access to the critical academic programs our community depends upon and values.”
Last fall, the college reported a 3.5 percent decline in enrollment over the previous year’s figures. The drop was expected to cause a multi-million dollar shortfall in the college’s operating budget.
Hudson Valley employs about 1,200 individuals and enrolls 13,250 students.