Community Colleges Cut Sports, Announce Layoffs

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MISSISSIPPI (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi’s community colleges are eliminating nearly 250 jobs for the upcoming year and five schools are dropping at least one intercollegiate sport. The move comes as tuition increases by an average of 13 percent because state funding has fallen. The Community College Board’s executive director says that 81 people will be laid off and 122 jobs will be eliminated after employees leave or retire. Some colleges will also cut student jobs, a way many students earn money. Coahoma Community College may cut employee pay later in the year. The independently governed schools made their own decisions about cuts.



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