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  Access to Quality Training Focus of College Business Plan
  Oct. 20, 1995. In response to an $8.6 million federal funding
  reduction over the next three years, the Nova Scotia Community
  College has designed a business plan that makes quality and
  access to training the first priority, Education and Culture
  Minister John MacEachern announced today.  The plan also
  requires some campus restructuring and closures,  limited to areas
  where there are neighbouring or near-by campuses to protect
  access, the minister said.

  In releasing the business plan, Mr. MacEachern said the
  federal reduction," which represents one in every five of our
  public dollars, is a reality we cannot ignore.   We have been
  working carefully through the issues since the federal
  government notified us this summer."   He said the result is a
  business plan with one clear focus: continuing to meet the
  training needs of students and employers all across the province. 

  Jack Buckley, college president, said the federal reductions
  required many tough choices.   "he positive side is the renewal
  process over the past two years has made the college stronger
  than ever before,"  Mr. Buckley said.   That progress, along
  with this business plan, will enable us to manage through these
  difficulties and ensure the sustainability of accessible,
  quality training."

  The major budget measures in the business plan affect the
  Strait of Canso region, industrial Cape Breton, the Dartmouth
  Adult Vocational Training Centre, Colchester Campus and Hants
  Campus.  There will also be some restructuring at the Institute
  of Technology Campus in Halifax and at Shelburne Campus.

  In the Strait region, marine industry programming will be
  offered through customized training--- which is
  cost-recoverable--- instead of core programs.  Enrolments in
  marine core programs have steadily declined," and marine training
  needs can be more effectively met through programs specifically
  customized to industry needs," Mr. Buckley said.   The training
  will be offered within a restructured, comprehensive campus at
  the Nautical Institute site, as announced earlier this month.

  One restructured campus will also serve training needs in
  industrial Cape Breton.  The new campus will be located at the
  current Adult Volcational Training Centre, Cape Breton Campus,
  which opened in 1977 and has more modern facilities, adaptable
  to current and new training needs. The Sydney Campus, built in
  1963 and expensive to maintain, will close.  Programming from both
  campuses will be reviewed, with decisions to be made in the new
  year on what programs will be offered at the restructured

  One of the four metro campuses, the Dartmouth AVTC, will 
  close.  The AVTC is an older building and expensive to
  maintain, and closure does not unreasonably affect access for
  students. The Institute of Technology Campus in Halifax will also
  be restructured.  Savings are expected through streamlining
  administration and by making better use of the high-technology
  training, both in terms of aggressive marketing and more
  flexible scheduling.

  The Truro Campus, which is expected to accommodate 1,000
  students when it is fully operational, will serve training
  needs in the Colchester region.  The Colchester Campus will close
  and discussions are under way with the Colchester-East Hants
  district school board about their possible interest in the building.

  The Hants Campus will also close.  The campus has a
  relatively small enrolment and half of its budget is taken up
  in administration, maintenance and overhead.  Because students
  served by the Hants Campus are less than an hour s drive from
  the metro and Kingstec campuses, their training needs can continue
  to be served without unreasonably affecting access.

  The Shelburne Campus will become an associate campus of the
  Burridge Campus, Yarmouth.  The Shelburne Campus will continue
  to offer core programs and customized training, along with
  extension programs and Internet access for the community. However,
  the campuses will have one principal, share administration and
  student services, and look for opportunities to co-operate in
  areas like customized training, marketing and
  program delivery.  

  In terms of training opportunities for students, the college
  expects an initial reduction of about 800 related to the
  federal cutbacks.  However, Mr. MacEacher said the college expects
  to make up this shortfall as campuses continue to introduce new
  programs.  For example, he said  this year 500 new training
  seats were added as a result of College renewal, with the Burridge
  Campus in Yarmouth increasing its enrolment by more than 50 per
  cent.  In future years, the Truro Campus enrolment alone is
  expected to increase to 1,000 students when it is fully

  The federal reduction will mean 150 fewer staff positions
  within the college's current 1,100 positions.  The college will
  work to minimize the number of actual lay-offs as much as
  possible, the minister said.  For example, casual replacements,
  term appointments and other avenues, under the collective
  agreements, are being used to give employees who may eventually
  be affected every opportunity for reassignment.  Vacancies
  created by retirements will also be examined as a means of
  providing opportunities for some staff.

  Final program decisions arising from the business plan are
  expected in the new year. After that time, the college will
  work with staff and unions on reassignment possibilities.
  Changes will be implemented by July 31, 1996.

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  Contact: Donna MacDonald, (902) 424-2615 or Len Canfield, (902)



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