HACC cuts 78 jobs

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Harrisburg Area Community College is cutting 78 positions, or slightly more than 3 percent of its workforce, President John Sygielski said Tuesday.

Of the positions, 59 are vacant already, Sygielski said in a statement. Most of the cuts affect administrative departments, though 16 of the vacant positions being eliminated are faculty, according to a memo to the college community the president posted Tuesday on his blog.

The cuts and a related administrative reorganization are part of the college’s plan to reduce its 2012-13 budget by $6.17 million, or 3.4 percent, compared with its 2011-12 budget of $183.39 million.

The college is facing several revenue hits, including a 3.8 percent cut in HACC’s state funding in Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget and a 2.6 percent decrease in enrollment, necessitating spending cuts in order to balance the budget, Sygielski said in a May 16 media release. The college initially faced an $11.4 million deficit for 2012-13, he said.

Other cost-cutting measures include a salary freeze, early retirements and tuition hikes of $3 to $9 per credit, according to the college. With them, the 2012-13 budget is “nearly balanced,” with a deficit of $357,670, HACC said.

“This process is painful, but it will make us stronger and better,” Sygielski said in Tuesday’s memo.

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