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Layoffs coming at Bates Technical College

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on April 20, 2010 at 11:17 am with 16 Comments »
December 7, 2010 10:12 am

Some 25 staff members at Bates Technical College are to be laid off because of state budget cuts, a spokeswoman said this morning.

The Tacoma-based trade school issued 45 reduction-in-force notices to faculty members and support employees on Monday, spokeswoman Edie Jeffers said in a prepared statement.

Although the college does not expect to lose more than 25 positions, the 45 notices were issued to cover contactual obligations, she added. Employees must be told if a layoff might affect them, even if their particular job is later preserved.

Bates has a staff of about 500 full- and part-time employees.

The layoffs will help offset reductions in the college’s budget, Jeffers’ statement said. College officials won’t know, however, how much their budget will shrink until the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges meets May 5 and 6, she added.

A spokeswoman for AFT Washington said this morning the union knew layoff notices were issued and was seeking more details. The union’s three-year faculty contract runs through June.

Bates President Lyle Quasim was not immediately for comment or details. He’s attending an open house on the college’s South Campus this morning and may be available later in the day, an assistant said.

Information technology instructor Emmett Peterson told The News Tribune in an e-mail that about 40 faculty members received notice of impending layoff on Monday. He could not be immediately reached for further comment.

Bates enrolls some 1,500 full-time students and serves about 15,000 total students each year, according to the college’s website. The college has three campuses and offers technical certificates and degrees in a variety of disciplines. Culinary arts, cosmetology, accounting and nursing are among the varied subjects taught there.

Here’s the statement from the college:

Statement from Bates Technical College

All Community and Technical Colleges in the state of Washington, including Bates Technical College, are facing state budget reductions as identified by the most recent decisions of the Washington State Legislature.

The Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges will inform Bates Technical College of the exact amount of its reduction after the board’s May 5-6 meeting.

Bates Technical College plans to reduce its staff of 500 full- and part-time people by approximately 25 people. The affected positions will include teaching and non-teaching faculty as well as administrative and classified staff members.
In order to prepare for the impending layoffs and to meet contractual deadlines, the college’s human resource department delivered notices to approximately 45 faculty members on April 19. While Bates Technical College does not plan to eliminate more than 25 positions college wide, contractual obligations require the college to proactively inform all potentially affected faculty members of possible layoffs.

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  1. Mismanagement, waste and fraud by the board and the administration. They keep their positions and their bonuses while they send the people, who actually get the job done, packing. Gotta love the system!

  2. Cut the benefits of all state employees and they wouldn’t have to layoff so many people.

  3. “Bates President Lyle Quasim”

    Well, this explains why Bates is basically bankrupt !

  4. I believe this layoff is just another tactic to let the staff know who is in charge. The sad thing about all of this is that the students are getting left out in the cold and the president does not care one bit. If they need to cut staff so badly then cut student services because they do not do anything for the students except to cause more problems for the student, get rid of some of the advisors, cut out some of the holidays that the staff get paid for, there are other ways of doing this without cutting the teaching staff. The president and the govenor should be more concerned about how students are treated by both thier peers and by the staff. How come they have to do so many layoffs when they are spending money on new buildings.

  5. “Bates President Lyle Quasim !

    Has NEVER held a “non-appointed” or “non-political” , “non-incestous” job in his lifetime !

    And has been incredibly unqualified for all !

  6. What benefits?? do state workers get that would reduce/eliminate the budget shortages? I’m so confused as to what the general public believe state workers get or are entitled to? I don’t know of ANY benefits I get that the “private” sector doesn’t get; and actually, I get LESS…come on folks, JUST the FACTS, please!!

  7. nonstopjoe says:

    In terms of impact on employees and their families, is it better to eliminate 10% of jobs or reduce all job hours by 10%? In the first instance 10% of employees become unemployed, and in the second case the hurt is spread over all employees, none losing their jobs. Were I calling the shots the second alternative would always be the way to go.

  8. 500 staff members to run Bates? Are you serious? That school isnt even bigger than an elementry school..

  9. lewiswells says:

    Lyle Quasim…..well, I guess that tells me all I need to know about this situation.

  10. lewiswells says:

    I re-read the article. 1500 students with 500 employees!!!!!!
    Aside from President Quasim, what else can you see wrong here?

  11. StraightCash says:

    Three key facts that tell the whole story

    “Bates President Lyle Quasim”

    “Bates enrolls some 1,500 full-time students”

    “Bates has a staff of about 500 full- and part-time employees”

    I have also hired students from Bates before, and I can say that based on those experiences we currently have a policy to round file resumes from that place.

  12. Outraged1978 says:

    Clearly StraightCash has a problem with Bates Technical College. Lets take emotion out of this and look at each his comments.

    “Bates President Lyle Quasim” Yes! This true!

    “Bates enrolls some 1,500 full-time students” Not true, get your facts straight. Ever faculty member that I know has at least 20 students or more with a waiting list. Who’s going to teach these students.

    “Bates has a staff of about 500 full- and part-time employees” Yes! This is true. However there are only 114 faculty of which only about 100 are instructors.

    StraightCash has no idea what he’s talking about. I’d like to to “round file” your comment!

  13. uratroll says:

    I heard Sumner School District is laying off teachers as well.

  14. Hoodsportwriter says:

    Another example of a culture and society with all the priorities in the wrong spots. We are building schools in Iraq, Afghanistan, 700 military bases around the world, corporate welfare to people who ruin our economic system, corporate welfare to oil companies, and the list could go on an on…..

    Our country is falling apart daily and we are doing nothing about it….and “cutting state employees benefits” is going to fix it???? What a dope!

    Altho Bates does have an incompetent for a president…..

  15. ASGSenator says:

    I am a full-time student who has offered time, insight, and a voice for our student body, as Senator for our Associated Student Government at Mohler Campus. Since joining our ASG, talks of statewide budgets cuts greatly affecting our higher education system have been present. The key component of this concern is continuing to improve and maintain resources for the student, since the student is the most important part of this college.

    I regret, yet understand the decision for layoffs since our administrative staff and its officials have put the student first as much as possible. If we must cut staff to save from cutting students who are fighting an uphill battle to receive certification or a degree earning a change in their financial environment, then this is what our college must to do. It will not be perfect. It will upend programs, expectations, and current students and their teachers, etc. It will not feel or be fair, at first.

    These cuts are in reaction to the shortfall handed down to us from the State. This is a statewide ripple effect due to the plunging economy in our State Budget. In other words: this is not Bates’ fault. Nearly all of our colleges have been adversely affected and have done similar and more drastic changes. To read posts that belittle, berate, and blast Bates specifically as if it is the cause for this issue, or is doing it to somehow plunder it faculty and students is borderline insane. To do so behind the anonymity of an online forum is an ill-formed reaction to mis- or non-information. Blaming the college and inferring somehow they are making money due to this decision is a bit of a mystery. I’d love to see a pie chart or Visio presentation on evidence to that opnion.

    Bates Technical College is doing its best to work with converting a system dependent on a clock-hour basis to credit hours, to handle jumps in enrollment due to the economic climate, and juggling losing a president and registrar in the same 18 months. but from difficult came benefit and now our college has two very strong, well-informed individuals taking on those positions. They, so far, are going to great lengths to try and bring this ship around to sail through a rough ocean until positions, finances, and student concerns level off.

    I have sat in the same room with Mr. Quasim on several occasions discussing student concerns. While this is a man once ran an agency I have my own personal opinions about – as do many people – I leave them on the outside of the door because the student body at Bates is my first priority. He came out of retirement to specifically to apply for this position and worked very hard to get it. He has offered us in just a few short months an even wider open door and insight into issues we have on the student and staff level. My hope is the he will lead our students into an even more attainable and prosperous future during his time as Interim President, and possibly Full-time President.

    This college saved my son and myself from an uncertain future. This college gives people like myself a chance to regain dignity, hope, and to be a working part of society again. I am not perfect at it, but this college allowed me to find my path. I publically speak for this college and our foundation whenever I am asked because I believe in this institution, its good and its faults. Bates’ goal is to help those of us who struggled under traditional educational system or non-traditional background and help us be an equal in the workforce.

    My opinion expressed throughout is simply my experience – I am not here to post as “press release” for our college, nor was asked to speak here. I am here simply as a student who is a success because of this college I will defend it as a student, a parent, a community citizen, and as Senator.

    Athena N.
    Broadcasting Technology (AT Degree ’10)

  16. ldozy1234 says:

    IMO: The Bates issue is turning into a repeat of the BCTI scam.
    Students have entered these programs, paid for the program both privately and with State and Federal funds. Now the revisions in credits and this financial scandal is negatively impacting the promised education and threatening waste of funds privately and govt funded as Bates fails to keep their end.
    Personally, I think if this continues students should look to filing a Class Action suit against the college.
    At the VERY least, a formal investigation into Bates practices and current changes should be forthcoming as it is becoming too close to the BCTI legacy. Besides the private funds now proving to be wasted, significant state and federal student funds are now going down the drain by poor management and oversight at Bates.

    Bates is now using the loss of teachers and the new change to credit system as a revenue generator. Many remaining priority classes will be now only offered on a rare time schedule, forcing students to extend their program time for completion past originally scheduled course guidelines = more revenue for Bates since they also now require students to maintain a minimum number of credits per semester to remain as students. So if you need a specific math class and its too full and only offered twice a year, your 1-2 year training program cannot be finished until this class is completed. BUT you must also take a certain amount of credits per semester to remain as a student- even if you have completed ALL the course requirements except the math class.So now students will have to waste additional funds just to get the ” math class” to finish their training.
    Its a con game and if it proceeds as planned, will cost tax payers a ton more for those funded by federal education dollars or programs such as state L&I while depleting the privately funded students resources as they try and retrain in different fields.

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