$1.3M loss in revenue prompts Colorado Northwestern Community College to restructure | CraigDailyPress.com

$1.3M loss in revenue prompts Colorado Northwestern Community College to restructure







— Anticipating steep declines in local and state revenues next year Colorado Northwestern Community College will restructure to cut the budget without compromising student services.

"The fact is we will be receiving approximate $1.3 million less for next year's budget," said CNCC President Granger in a news release.

CNCC staff were made aware of the revenue shortfall and plans to restructure earlier in the month and the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board was notified on Monday.

"I appreciate the hard look that President Granger and the team is taking with the budget, and I think that it is work that needs to be done," said Board Member Jennifer Riley.

The decrease in revenue is primarily due to a reduction in local funds received from property taxes due to the 2016 drop commercial property values.

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A shortfall in higher education funding from the state is expected to further reduce revenues.

Much of the shortfall is expected to come from restructuring, modeled on other colleges to make CNCC more sustainable.

"We have been reviewing best practices at other colleges and are going to be implementing many of those best practices here," Granger said in a news release.

The restructure will occur this summer and changes are expected to include:

• Transitioning from the two dean system — one for each campus — to one associate vice president of instruction, which will be based on the Craig campus.

• Transitioning from program directors to four division chairs across both campuses.

• Faculty contracts will move from 10 month to 9 month, matching other colleges.

• Three positions that will become vacant due to retirement and resignation will not be rehired. The three positions include one of the equine program faculty members and the assistant rodeo coach position, both in Rangely and one position in the humanities faculty.

"Whenever a restructure is done, some employees are unfortunately impacted. We did our best to minimize that impact," Granger said in a news release.

The college will also implement cost saving measures such as a 5 percent reduction in travel expenses.

"We feel these changes will have little to no impact on student's academics and help put CNCC in a good financial position moving forward," Granger said in the news release.

At this time the college is not planning cuts to any academic or Career Technical Education programs offered at CNCC and in fact the college is planning to increase offerings.

"At some point you can't keep cutting expenses as you have to get money coming in," Granger said in his report to the college board.

The college intends to:

• Hire a full-time foundation director and keep a part-time grants writer position to assist in the goal of raising more funds from private sources.

• The Rangely campus will hire a senior flight instructor and dental hygiene faculty to assist with the increased enrollment in these programs.

• Complete the certification of a medical assistant course to begin in 2018.

Granger told the board that as a temporary measure the college may need additional financial help from the board and will include a request when he presents the budget to the board at their next meeting.

"The information that I am looking for as a board member is what are we going to do to grow. How are we going to increase student enrollment? Like other entities we can't cut our way to success we have to grow," Riley said.

The college board meets again at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Cedar Mountain Conference Room 255 on the Craig Campus at 2801 W. Ninth Street.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.