No jobs cuts as a result of College of the North Atlantic plan, says Gerry Byrne
Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour said there will be no job cuts associated with a new College of the North Atlantic modernization plan he announced on Friday in Stephenville.
“College of the North Atlantic is here to stay,.” he said during the introduction of a review and plan for modernization entitled CNA Modernization Plan 2019.
He said this plan is basically an internal audit that is the equivalent of an auditor general’s report but done from within.
Byrne said there are some disturbing findings that seem to jump out from every page of the review and one of those findings is that the college was spending down cash reserves.
He said this is in essence funding outside the ordinary budget process and if it continued it would have left the college in an absolutely unsustainable and instable financial operating position.
“It was the equivalent of using the Visa card to pay for basic operations,” he said.
Byrne said the great news is that it has now been corrected and specific measures have already begun to solve human resource, administrative, information technology and a host of other key issues identified within the report.
When asked if there would be any job losses, he said there would be none and in fact as the plan evolves there will be increased job opportunities in new programs, research initiatives and other communitybased services. He said the college has always been dynamic and this report will help it adapt to the realities of enrolment numbers, job prospects for graduates and the need to have programs to balance the two.
Byrne said if this evaluation hadn’t been completed, espe- cially in light with the rate that the college was burning cash reserves that would not have been possible.
“Through rebuilding the college from the ground up significant savings was found,” he said.
Elizabeth Kidd, interim president and chief executive officer of College of the North Atlantic, said this review gives the college an outline for the future and presents it with an opportunity.
“It takes a critical look at the institution and provides a report card of what we are doing well and where we need to improve and strengthen,” she said.
The CNA Modernization Plan 2019 presents the findings of a review, outlines actions already taken to respond immediately to some of the findings and presents next steps to achieve longer-term results towards a modernized college system by 2019.
Byrne said the executive team of Kidd, William Radford, senior vice- president (academic) and chief learning officer, Bob Gardner, former interim president and Robin Walters, vice president, industry and community engagement along with many faculty and staff members should take great pride and satisfaction in what they have accomplished to put the college on a steady footing.
Elizabeth Kidd, left, interim acting president of College of the North Atlantic and Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, listen in during introductions at a press conference on Friday at the college headquarters in Stephenville.