College of the North Atlantic has eliminated 14 positions related to both program cuts announced last year following the provincial budget and new changes to programming.
According to CNA president Ann Marie Vaughan, eight positions were linked to approximately 50 students completing their studies in programs that will no longer be offered at some campuses. Programs affected include adventure tourism in Corner Brook and the environmental technology program.
“We committed to our students that we would see them through to the end of their program, because we couldn’t leave our students unserved,” said Vaughan, who was in St. John’s Wednesday to speak at a St. John’s Board of Trade luncheon. “Some of this is because they weren’t one-year programs.”
The remaining six layoffs relate to the office administration program in Baie Verte and the English as a second language program in St. John’s.
Seven layoffs were avoided through other opportunities within the post-secondary institution, which saw its budget increase in the spring 2014 provincial budget. Vaughan said CNA will actually have more employees in the next school year than it did in the most recent one.
A spokesman for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees confirmed it was notified by CNA late Tuesday evening about the cuts.
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This story has been edited to provide additional clarity on what programs are impacted by the layoffs.