TERRACE—Students say that NWCC needs to focus on the level of government funding received by the college and not on making cuts to eliminate the $2 million deficit. Currently, the governments funding model for BC colleges does not take into account the reality of inflation. Rather than focusing on making cuts, NWCC's administration and Board should be focused on restoring funding. The BC government has not kept pace with inflation since the year 2000.
“The $300,000 in cuts that were made last year resulted in fewer business courses, the Early Childhood Education program reduced to a part-time program, the carpentry and millwright program was cancelled on some regional campuses, and services for students with disabilities were reduced,” said Amarilys Ducharme, NWCCSU Treasurer. She added, “students are concerned that if $2M dollars is cut from NWCC programs and services, the college’s ability to properly serve our communities will be severely compromised, we need the BC government to restore funding to NWCC so the college can improve and grow.”
Government has also cut BC colleges maintenance budgets, this decision has especially hurt colleges in rural areas and colleges with aging infrastructure.
“Had Government funding increased by the rate of inflation since the year 2000, NWCC would not be facing deficits and cuts year after year,” said Mikael Jensen, NWCCSU Organiser. He went on to say, “the administration and Board of Governors need to join students in the call for increased government funding to save NWCC programs, courses and services rather than making plans to cut.”
NWCCSU is encouraging students, staff, faculty and members of the community to send letters to the BC Minister of Advanced Education, naomi.yamamoto.mla,,,leg.bc.ca, encouraging her to increase funding and not force the college to make cuts.
NWCC students are taking part in a National Student Day of Action on February 1, 2012. Visit www.educationisaright.ca
for more info on the campaign to drop student debt, reduce tuition fees and increase education funding. Events and actions in the northwest will be occurring on NWCC campuses in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Hazelton. Students welcome participation from community members and organizations in our efforts to lobby the Minister to increase funding and stop the cuts.
Northwest Community College Students’ Union represents all Trades, University Credit and Career and College Prep students at NWCC in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, the Hazeltons, Smithers and Houston.