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RCC finalizes its layoff plan: 23 employees must go

Rogue Community College has finalized a plan to lay off 23 employees and end two technical-training programs — diesel technology and electronics.

Officials continue to work out details to streamline counseling and advising provided by student services, a department that lost jobs in the cuts.

Six full-time faculty members, two administrative employees and 15 classified workers will be laid off in June because of an anticipated million-dollar shortfall for next year, officials said. The faculty layoffs come from the electronics and diesel programs and student services. The administrative and classified jobs are spread across multiple departments, but include student services posts, said Lynda Warren, RCC's chief financial officer.

RCC announced in December that it might have to lay off as many as 35 people to deal with relatively flat enrollment and changes in the way the state distributes money to community colleges. Officials then targeted diesel-technology and electronics degree programs for reductions.

Nancy Maxwell, RCC's executive dean in charge of instructional programs, noted that diesel-technology and electronics have low enrollment and are expensive to maintain because of the space and equipment they require.

The diesel-tech program has 10 first-year students and six second-year students. The electronics program has six second-year students.

The students currently enrolled in each program will be allowed to finish their course work in the coming year, Maxwell said. No new diesel-tech students will be accepted and instructors will work to develop on-demand training for companies that request it. Electronics classes will continue as units students can take on their own, often online, with an instructor available, but won't build toward an associate's degree.

The student services department already relies on online registration and payment and will explore more ways to streamline services, officials said.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.