Wyoming Community Colleges Could See $9M Cut

Wyoming Community Colleges Could See $9M Cut
Wyoming Community Colleges Could See $9M Cut

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An 8-percent budget cut would cost Wyoming's seven community colleges about $9.1 million. Falling energy revenues has prompted Gov. Matt Mead to order state agencies to prepare for 8-percent budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts in July 2013.

James Rose, of the Wyoming Community College Commission, says each community college board of trustees has the freedom to handle any funding cuts as it see fit so he can't speak to whether any faculty and staff positions would be threatened with layoffs. But Rose says there would be less money for employee health insurance and programs, such as nursing and veteran tuition waivers.

Wyoming has community colleges in Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, Powell, Rock Springs, Torrington, Riverton as well as satellite campuses and outreach centers in various communities, including Gillette.

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