Northwest Community College recently presented next years budget Board of Governors, but this years seems a little more cramped than in years past.
Mainly due to a decline in enrollment, the Northwest Community College will see 1.4 million dollars less in funding from the BC government next year.
One big change will come to the Smithers campus, where many University Credit courses will no longer be available face-to-face. Students will only be able to take these courses online or by videoconferencing.
Northwest spokesperson Sarah Zimmerman says cuts have to be made and funds must be rearranged to accommodate situations like this.
“Enrollment plays a big roll in our ability or offer face-to-face courses. When we have low enrollment we have to look at what the community is asking for and where the demand is for students,” she says.
The college is also saving costs in other ways. They’ve been working with their unions for early retirement incentives and early severance packages.