CCC continues to trim budget

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College is reducing or eliminating 12 positions, closing the Williams Campus for the summer and retiring 13 degree and certificate programs as it reorganizes under a trimmed down Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 budget and braces itself for additional state budget cuts in FY 2010.

President Leah Bornstein addressed CCC employees on March 31 with an update on the college's three-tiered Financial Sustainability Plan.

"We are in Tier II - the critical phase. Tier II continues to hold viable academic programs harmless and requires us to focus on support services. CCC has many support services and therefore, we could be in Tier II for a very long time," she said. "Based on the magnitude of the reductions and the length of time that is anticipated within this situation, CCC needs to look to permanent changes in all of its business practices and significant organizational transformation."

Bornstein also said the college and Northern Arizona University are exploring new partnerships.

"Our collaborations with NAU have been wonderfully successful and since both institutions are struggling financially, there may be additional ways we can help each other out," she said.

The institutions are looking at joint faculty appointments, transportation between NAU and the Lone Tree Campus, integrating library services and collaborating on a Native American cultural center.

"Change is happening all around us and fast. Because we are a small institution, we feel it quickly and we feel it deeply in our CCC family," she said.

In a January college-wide meeting, Bornstein announced all campuses will be closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 15 through Aug. 2 and employees will move to a four-day work week during that time. In addition, no salary increases or promotions are being recommended for FY 2010.

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