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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will freeze administrative hiring and reduce spending in the current fiscal year to prepare for state funding cuts in Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed 2011–2012 budget.
CCAC President Alex Johnson announced the hiring freeze to employees yesterday. The freeze affects nonunion administrative positions funded through the regular college budget. Searches already in progress will continue, but no offers will be made to candidates. The two exceptions to the freeze are the open director and assistant director of Safety & Security positions at CCAC–Allegheny Campus on the North Shore, which will be filled to maintain a high level of campus safety.
In addition, Dr. Johnson has asked all budget leaders to curtail non-essential spending for the remainder of the college’s fiscal year, which ends June 30. Expenses directly related to instruction are not included in the reduction.
“I hope that the proposed cuts to community colleges and all of higher education are withdrawn,” Dr. Johnson said. “However, we must still prepare for the future assuming that the cuts become reality. These measures are prudent to ensure that CCAC ends the current fiscal year on solid financial footing.”
Pennsylvania’s community colleges would receive a 10 percent reduction in state support in the governor’s budget, including $21.5 million in federal stimulus funds that were used to supplement the colleges’ operating allocations two years ago. CCAC projects a $3.6 million reduction if the cuts are enacted.
“As we take a comprehensive look at the college’s own 2011–2012 budget, we will strive to maintain academic excellence as well as an affordable education,” said Dr. Johnson. “While we are taking steps to reduce expenses, we already have a very lean budget.”
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.