(CENTRALIA, IL) — Due to the lack of a state budget and the resulting financial challenges for the college, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees on Monday night moved forward with several personnel and program cuts. A lack of state funding for the college for nearly 8 months, and the continuing uncertainty regarding when the college will receive state funding, has resulted in significant budget cuts having to be made in order for the college to continue operations. The Reductions in Force include the elimination of the Kaskaskia College Adult Education and Literacy Programs, to include all full-time professional/managerial staff and part-time support staff due to the lack of funding from the State for the Programs. The College had been paying the expenses for those programs, with the expectation that the State funding would be in place by now to cover such expenses. Due to the current financial crisis, the College can no longer afford to fund these programs, which are additional expenses, outside of the College’s operating budget. Academic programs for Automotive Collision, and Industrial Tech, will be eliminated, as will the full-time Spanish faculty position. Positions of Full-Time Communications Outreach Specialist, Full-Time Instructional Design and Distance Learning Specialist, Full-Time Retention Specialist, and Full-Time Enrollment Specialist at Nashville Education Center, will be eliminated, as will positions for three Part-Time Education Center Support Specialists, a Part-Time Culinary Services Assistant, a Part-Time Business and an Industry Support Specialist.

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