Lakeland Community College….layoffs planned

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Good grief, just when we thought things could not get any worse at LCC, we get word of layoffs due to declining enrollment.   Look at who gets their pink slip…….not the “big hitters”

Here is the message from Morris Beverage to the staff at Lakeland.  Wonder if building the dorms “is still full steam ahead”?

Subject: February 2019 Cost Containment Measures – Announcement


Like other two-year colleges, Lakeland has been experiencing years of steady enrollment declines since 2010, when the Great Recession ended and the unemployment rate began falling. In addition, all higher education institutions are dealing with the declining number of high school graduates due to low birth rates.

In 2010, Lakeland reached its highest enrollment of 9,866. Fall 2018 enrollment was 6,865 – a decrease of 30.4 percent in headcount and 36.4 percent in Full Time Equivalent credits taught.

Despite our ongoing efforts to manage budget to enrollment, Lakeland is facing a projected budget shortfall for the current Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget ending June 30, 2019. We have examined all aspects of the college’s operations to address various cost containment measures. Since more than 80 percent of the college’s expenses are salaries and benefits, we were forced to take a hard look at how certain functions might be consolidated or reassigned to extract cost savings.  In doing so, we have unfortunately reached a point where some involuntary layoffs are necessary.

We have notified the impacted employees noted below, provided them with information to assist during their transition, and encouraged them to apply for open positions on campus. I cannot emphasize enough that these layoffs are in no way a reflection of the individuals holding these positions. These are good employees, colleagues, and friends who have made significant contributions to Lakeland.

Three full-time employees occupying the following positions will be laid off effective March 1, 2019:

  • HIVE Program Assistant (Caitlin Luskin)

·        Manager of Volunteer Services (Mary Brown)

  • Research Analyst (Laura Chew)

Five part-time employees occupying the following staff positions will be laid off effective March 1, 2019:

  • Courier (Jonathan Beasley)
  • Help Desk Associate (Sherry Kocevar)
  • Senior Secretary, Controller’s Office (Sue Schuster)
  • Sr. Office Assistant, Counseling (Darlene Soeder)

Two full-time employees will have their positions changed to partial year or part-time effective March 1, 2019:

  • Manager, Recreation and Youth Programs (Nan Mayer)
  • Secretary, Institutional Research (Cathy Gorski)

These changes will allow us to contain expenses while preserving the quality of education we provide to learners. As we work on developing the FY 2020 budget, we will continue to evaluate other areas for additional cost containment measures, and welcome any ideas you may have.

I realize these measures will understandably cause some anxiety. I will try to abate any anxiety by keeping you informed about what is happening and answer your questions the best I can. To that end, I hope you can join me for our Town Hall meeting Thursday, February 7th at 1:00 in HIVE.


(LFC Comment:  It does not appear to us that the major players making the big bucks are being impacting by these first round of cost containment measures. Wonder if any high priced administrators will be relieved of their duty.  We are going to continue to follow the affairs of LCC.  There appears to be icebergs ahead.)

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