OKLAHOMA CITY – As state agencies across Oklahoma are dealing with drastic budget cuts, a local community college is announcing what will be eliminated next year.
Oklahoma City Community College announced that it is preparing for $3 million in cuts for next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Administrators say some of those funds will have to come from an increase in tuition and fees, along with a reduction in staff and programming.
“We can’t keep services at their current levels with the amount of reductions we have absorbed,” said OCCC President Jerry Steward. “We are planning on almost $5.35 million less when you combine the cuts we already experienced this year, with additional anticipated cuts for next year. That amount is unfortunately going to affect every service, program and individual on this campus.”
Recently, the college eliminated more than 60 positions across the campus, but only 10 people lost their jobs.
Fortunately, officials say they do not expect any additional job cuts as a result of the latest budget.
“Until the legislature approves the state budget, our numbers are based on estimates,” said Steward. “We have to remain proactive and continue reevaluating everything we do. This uncertainty may unfortunately be our new normal for the foreseeable future.”
The college previously announced the elimination of Arts Festival Oklahoma, a 37-year Labor Day tradition, due in part to the rising cost of hosting the festival