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The Ralph Snyder memorial fountain is seen on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Winchester in December 2019. The college has made financial adjustment to brace for possible economic impact of the coronavirus.

Umpqua Community College will eliminate 13 positions and leave several open positions unfilled due to financial restraints caused by COVID-19, according to spokesperson Tiffany Coleman.

The decision was made unanimously by the college’s board on Wednesday, following a decision during May’s board meeting to put together a plan for a reduction in force.

Director of Human Resources Kelley Plueard said the college will see a decrease in state funding and is anticipating a drop in enrollment because of the pandemic.

“The eliminated positions are from a mixture of sources: full-time, part-time, classified, faculty, and administrator,” Coleman said. “Some of the people in the eliminated full-time classified positions may end up being retained in other classified positions through ‘bumping’ rights per the association’s collective bargaining agreement with the College. Classified employees are also subject to recall for 30 months.”

Since the school closures in mid-March, the college has had a hiring freeze.

Final state allocations for community colleges have not yet been released. The college did receive $560,927 from the coronavirus relief bill, $538,560 of which has been distributed to 851 students and the rest was earmarked to help with the cost associated with the coronavirus, including the switch to virtual learning for students and faculty.

It is unclear at this time whether the school will receive additional money from federal stimulus packages.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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Mike

On April 9, Umpqua Community College received a grant of $560,926 from the CARES Act stimulus program.

https://data.covidstimuluswatch.org/individual-record/umpqua-community-college

Keepin it Real

Hey Mike, do you read the entire article or does your attention span stop at the headline.? If you did read it, then you would know that: “ The college did receive $560,927 from the coronavirus relief bill, $538,560 of which has been distributed to 851 students and the rest was earmarked to help with the cost associated with the coronavirus, including the switch to virtual learning for students and faculty.”

Instead of copying and pasting your same misleading information on every single article on here, why don’t you do some good. Like volunteer to deliver meals to our seniors. That would be a lot more worthy of your time.

Mike

What part was misleading?

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