LBCC Ends Horticulture Program: Layoffs and Hires Announced

Amid state funding cuts, Linn-Benton Community College has announced it will be eliminating their horticulture program. The plan is that current students will be able to complete their degrees, but no new horticulture students will be accepted.

LBCC President Greg Hamann said earlier this month that the college would need to realign offerings with eye an to programs that lead to jobs, and majors that are most popular.

Seven positions will be eliminated at LBCC, but another five will be added. For instance, one faculty position will be added in each of the following: nursing, math and welding. Two classified positions will also be added, one in welding, and one in math.

As we reported on March 1: Linn-Benton Community College will likely raise tuition 7 percent yearly, and pare down staff this next biennium.

LBCC President Greg Hamann in his regular monthly report, wrote, “While our original budget projection model incorporated an 11% increase in state funding for the 2019-21 biennium (note that this assumption was in line with recent historical increases in state funding), we are now assuming only a 3.46% increase.”

Currently, Gov, Kate Brown’s budget calls for the lower figure, as the state grapples to make ends meet.

Under the budget model being considered, most of the shortfall will be met with cuts in staff funding and other expenses, over the next two years. For the 2019-20 school year, $1.48M will come from budget cuts, and $609,228 from increased tuition. For the 2020-21 school year, it would be $15.2M  in expense cuts, versus increased tuition of  $706,197.

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