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April 3, 2013

CCC restores four teaching positions

Money, positions saved as 5 take early retirement

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‘MORE PRACTICAL’

The association also proposed a retirement incentive last November that it estimated would save the college $1.3 million over the next five years; however, that proposal was rejected by the college’s administration.

Jablonski told the Press-Republican in November that the offer was unattractive to CCC because it asked the college to pay more retiree health-insurance costs than it does now.

“The provisions of the (new) retirement incentive are much more practical for the college and still provide a good incentive for the faculty who have retired,” he said Tuesday.

RELIEVED

By retaining the four teaching faculty members, Eloranto noted, the college is able to continue with its core mission of providing a high level of education to its students.

Jeskanen teaches history, political science, economics and geography at the college; Alphonso teaches health and physical education and recreation; and Zerrahn and Burcroff teach business and humanities, respectively.

“We are very relieved that we were able to keep our four colleagues from losing their jobs,” Eloranto said.

Still, she noted, her organization has concerns that other positions may be at risk in the future.

“We can’t help but be concerned about what the future still holds,” Eloranto said.

Several positions remain tagged for layoff in 2013-14, she said, and her organization is working hard to restore those, as well.

Discussions regarding such restorations are under way, according to Jablonski, who added that being able to retain four teaching faculty members “was a big step forward.”

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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