Great Plains Col­lege an­nounces pro­gram changes in re­sponse to bud­get cuts

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Great Plains Col­lege has an­nounced a se­ries of changes in re­sponse to a fund­ing cut in the re­cent pro­vin­cial bud­get.

The Col­lege an­nounced late this af­ter­noon the Sun­dogs Bas­ket­ball pro­gram will be sus­pended for the 2017-2018 sea­son, how­ever the Vol­ley­ball pro­gram will con­tinue as planned.

The col­lege an­nounced re­duced in­struc­tion con­tracts for staff in var­i­ous col­lege lo­ca­tions in re­sponse to man­dated changes to the Adult Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram struc­ture plus a changed fund­ing pol­icy for English as a Sub­se­quent Lan­guage (ESL).

Other bud­getary re­duc­tions in­clude the down­siz­ing of the Rose­town Pro­gram Cen­tre and ad­just­ments to some of the ser­vice and sup­port staff po­si­tions across the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Given the five per cent cut in op­er­a­tional fund­ing, along with the other re­duc­tions in var­i­ous pro­gram ar­eas, dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions had to be made,” David Keast, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Great Plains Col­lege stated in a press re­lease.

The im­pact of the pro­vin­cial bud­get is also be­ing felt in the Saskatchewan Col­lab­o­ra­tive Bach­e­lor of Science in Nurs­ing pro­gram which had been of­fered at the Swift Cur­rent Cam­pus. The Univer­sity of Regina in­formed the col­lege ear­lier this year that they are chang­ing the de­liv­ery model of the pro­gram.

Stu­dents had been able to com­plete their en­tire fouryear de­gree in Swift Cur­rent, but now stu­dents are re­quired to take the first three years of the course in Regina or Saska­toon with the op­tion to com­plete their fourth year in Swift Cur­rent.

Great Plains is pro­vid­ing the new op­tion of a year of pre-nurs­ing and/ or the Prac­ti­cal Nurs­ing diploma pro­gram be­fore trans­fer­ring into the Bach­e­lor of Science in Nurs­ing pro­gram.

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