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.