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Yuba College nursing program facing ax

A total of 30 jobs in the Yuba Community College District – including nursing instructors, professors, a dean and a campus police officer – would be eliminated in a fiscal contingency plan that trustees take up Wednesday.

The state’s March 15 deadline to notify faculty and administrators that their jobs may be cut, and uncertainties over state funding, led to the college district’s fiscal plan, said Chancellor Nicki Harrington.

“We can’t be sure of any this,” Harrington said of the impact of reduced state aid and the need for the contingency plan.

Trustees may approve budget cuts that can be later restored if reductions in state funding aren’t as severe as projected, she said.

Five nursing instructors at Yuba College would be laid off and the licensed vocational nursing program suspended as part of the contingency plan. Students now in the LVN program will be able to complete their studies, Yuba College spokeswoman Miriam Root said.

“We’re reducing the program due to the industry trend to registered nurses,” Root said. “We want our students to be best prepared for meeting the needs of the industry.”

The Fremont-Rideout Health Group had funded three of the college instructors but ended its financial support, Root said.

Carol Ramirez, health group spokeswoman, said Fremont-Rideout has contributed $584,514 to the program since 2006 and regrets ending funding.

“It’s just due to poor economic times,” Ramirez said.

Marysville resident Yvonne Monti, 53, who is in the Registered Nursing program at Yuba College that involves more extensive study than the LVN program, said she faced a two-year waiting list to begin.

“I just can’t believe the cuts can’t be found somewhere else,” Monti said of reductions to the nursing program.

Trustee George Nicholau said he hopes to avoid layoffs.

“I’m going to try everything I can,” Nicholau said, “to see what can be done in order to save jobs.”

Yuba College Professor Besty Julian, 50, celebrated Tuesday with co-workers after she was granted tenure – and learned the next day that the contingency plan means she may be out of her job teaching geology.

“They keep reminding us this is not a definite thing,” Browns Valley resident Julian said of officials. “The best choice is try and stay as positive as possible.”

Marysville resident George Cheso, 35, praised Julian, who has a doctorate from Rice University in Texas. People remember only a few teachers for their positive influence, Cheso said, and Julian is definitely one of them.

Professor Jennifer McCabe, who teaches geoscience at Woodland College, said the contingency plan would end such instruction at the campus.

“It’s just really hard on the students,” McCabe said of the possible loss of the program.

Know and Go

• WHAT: Trustees meeting

• WHEN: 9 a.m. work session to discuss contingency plan; open meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday

• WHERE: Yuba College multi-purpose room, 2088 North Beale Rd.

Contact Marysville Appeal-Democrat reporter Ryan McCarthy at 749-4707 or rmccarthy@appealdemocrat.com.

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