Gateway CTC interim president making tough decisions with shrinking enrollment and cuts in state appropriations

05/29/2016 08:00 AM

FLORENCE — Like most Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions, Gateway Community and Technical College is going through some tough times.

The school, which has 4,500 students at its three campuses scattered across northern Kentucky, has seen its enrollment drop 15 percent since 2014, its fixed costs increase, and a 4.5 percent reduction in state appropriations for the next two fiscal years, which has led to some tough decisions.

Interim President Vic Adams, who has led the school for nearly two months, said one of the toughest decisions was to not renew the contracts of some faculty members.

“We’ve had nine employees that their contracts will not be renewed at the end of June, and we’ve had another 15 employees that have either retired, or vacant positions that we won’t fill, and we won’t fill those retirements. So, in total, we’ve lost some folks here.

Statewide, KCTCS enrollment is down 26 percent. While Gateway is well below the 26 percent figure, school officials have been busy looking at ways to be more fiscally sound and finding different approaches to recruiting new students.

“We’re getting Gateway employees and faculty up front of potential students, recruiting them, and talking with them, and starting to build a relationship with those students even in the high schools, to get them to come to Gateway,” Adams said.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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