Budget cuts cause firing at C.A.T.C.


POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 5:34pm

"If we keep getting chopped and chopped and chopped we're not going to have anything left," says Capital Area Technical College student Victor Hall.

Culinary Arts student Victor Hall is afraid about the constant budget cuts his school his school has had to go through over the past several years. This year the total is around $1 million. It's a pattern he's seen repeat itself at other universities here in the Capital City.

"One of the largest black colleges is being shut down little by litle, Southern University. We have so many problems with the education. I don't feel like cutting the budget is going to help," says Hall.

these cuts mean a teacher will lose their job and many others will have their hours reduced. There will be a hiring freeze for several other positions. School director Kay McDaniel says having to fire people is the worst part of her job

“To have to lay off an instructor, to lay off an employee, to cut a program is a very difficult thing for us to do. We don't want to do it, but we're the fiscal agent for the college. We have to balance the budget," says McDaniel

McDaniel says the move could affect around 40 students. Hall hopes he's not one of them. He says his instructors care about students so much that he's seen them take money out of their pockets just to give students the best education possible. Even with his professors going the extra mile, he's not optimistic Louisiana can turn around a trend that has seen the state ranked in the bottom five in the nation in education.

"It's just an education retardation. We're digressing when we should be progressing," says Hall.

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