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WWCC Enrollment drop, school-wide cuts

Graduation.

Walla walla community college is making some changes this school year.

They are seeing 30-percent lower enrollment than they had 10 years ago.

Now that means some faculty cuts and program changes.

The school declared a financial crisis this year.

They say there is a 2-point-7 million dollar deficit in the budget.

Lower enrollment is a big part of that crisis... in 2008 there were around 67-hundred students enrolled... now there is about 45-hundred.

The drop is forcing the school to eliminate 16 faculty positions and end one program.

But the college president says this issue is happening everywhere.

("derek r.

Brandes, president, walla walla community college: college and university enrollment is down nationally and down statewide, it's not unique to walla walla.

So a lot of it is adjusting to a new reality of enrollment and adjusting to the programs students want to take.") the school is seeing progress with their criminal justice program and bachelor degree tracks though.

A new student funded rec center will open next spring... which has the president hopeful that could bring in more




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