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State Budget Cuts Could Mean Less Faculty and Classes for YVCC

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YAKIMA, Wa.- Enrollment at YVCC is up with 720 more students than last year, but more budget cuts are on the way. Students worry this could interfere with their career.

"I'm trying to help get through this career as soon as I can but with all these budget cuts it's not helping," Salvador Arellenas.

Things could get worse. YVCC's President Dr. Linda Kaminski says they've already cut almost $1 million from last year's budget, using a hiring freeze and cutting down on equipment costs.

Dr. Kaminski says they're expecting to lose another 6.5 percent of funding.

"The budget problem for our state is much worse than they anticipated so we're nervous that 6.5 percent could climb up to an even high percent," said Dr. Kaminski.

Like $500,000 to $1 million; the first to go would be faculty and staff members. After that would come the classes.

"It would limit classes and make it impossible for some students to get degrees," said Dr. Kaminski.

For students who are already concerned about their career and the economy, now, this is one more thing to worry about.

"When I'm done I want to go out and get a job, but with this that's going on, it's like what am I going to do?" said Arellenas.     

Students, faculty and Dr. Kaminski say all they can do is wait and hope that the budget cuts don't keep going up.