Vermont Tech President Dan Smith announces layoffs

first_imgLayoffs are done by seniority, according to the terms of the Faculty Federation contract. Total number of full time faculty: 80 8 full time faculty across four departments informed of lay-off. Five of them were tenured faculty, for whom the layoff date is July 31, 2015. 6 non-instructional staff were laid off in April of last year, and the salaries of senior administrators were frozen this fiscal year. Departments affected: Civil Engineering Technology; English, Humanities and Social Science; Landscape Design and Horticulture; Architectural Engineering Technology; Electrical Engineering Technology.center_img Vermont Technical College,Vermont Tech’s President Dan Smith released the following statement Monday on the recently announced layoffs at the Randolph-based college: “I am sorry to be in this position today. After our fall enrollment numbers came in, it became apparent that it was not realistic to expect to get through this fiscal year without personnel actions among the Faculty of the college. We continue to face multi-million dollar shortfall this year that will compound into the next, just as it has from prior years to present day. “Today we informed eight members of our full time faculty that as of July 31, 2015, they would no longer be employed by the college. I do not discount the personal, emotional or organizational toll associated with these steps. Some of them are among our best and most diligent professors. The people affected have given heart, energy and many years to the college and our students. I am grateful for their service.”As a consequence of the paltry state support we receive, this college is an enrollment-driven institution. Relative to public institutions in other states, we are uniquely vulnerable when fewer students come through the door. Instead of ensuring the availability of the programs necessary to drive the state economy and sure to give Vermonters a chance to be successful, the state has put those programs at risk. This is a foreseeable consequence of the state’s funding history and practice. STORY: VTC to lay off eight full-time faculty, 27 adjuncts may not be hired back next fall”The frustrating irony is that there should be nothing but confidence in the quality and value of the education we offer at Vermont Tech. More students could benefit from the programs we offer, taught the way we teach them, with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. As I travel the state, meeting with employers and public officials, our graduates are in demand. Throughout this country, from the first day they get to work, our alumni are running farms, designing and building projects, managing manufacturing lines, companies and clinics. You cannot open a national newspaper without reading an article about the steadily growing need for students trained in applied technical programs like ours.”It is my hope that much of what the college needs can be achieved through retirement and other attrition, but the actions taken today were unavoidable. I believe I have taken steps strategically, and in a manner that ensures we remain consistent with our mission: the delivery of high quality, applied educational programs that effectively prepare our students for the workforce of the state and region.  When it comes to classroom, lab, farm, clinic and field, no one does what we do, as well as we do it.”This situation is also frustrating because inquiries are up. Awareness is up. Programs are focusing on innovation and access. To parents and future students, I would say that I hold no doubt that the future of this institution is strong and whether we are talking about renewable energy, civil and environmental engineering, computer science or agriculture, we will continue to deliver the most unique and highest quality career-oriented education in New England.”Facts: Total number of part time faculty: 128 Source: Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is a leading public college with a mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.  www.vtc.edu(link is external).last_img read more

Reece James Stars As Chelsea See Of Brighton In Season Opener

first_imgChelsea defender Reece James scored a scorching effort from range and got an assist as the Blues began their Premier League season with a hard-fought victory at Brighton.Frank Lampard has spent more than £200m in the transfer window but could only start two of his new recruits the German pair Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.The latter earned a penalty which was calmly dispatched by Jorghino to put the Blues in the lead.Brighton had been the more impressive side prior to falling behind and passed up numerous chances to score a goal of theirs either side of conceding.Graham Potter’s side were level in the second half through Leandro Trossard strike from just outside the box although Chelsea’s keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga didn’t do his battered reputation any getting beat easily.But the Seagulls’ equaliser didn’t last long as James powered in an unstoppable effort past Matt Ryan to restore Chelsea’s lead.Kurt Zouma then met James’ corner – his shot deflected in off Brighton defender Adam Webster to make it 3-1.While the score line suggested Chelsea were vastly superior, the reality was anything but and Brighton who could have drawn level at 2-1 when Lewis Dunk missed a great chance, will rue their profligacy.Earlier, Wolverhampton Wanderers got their season off to a winning start as two goals inside the opening six minutes from Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss gave them victory over last season’s surprise package Sheffield United.RelatedEden Hazard impresses in hard-fought win over BrightonDecember 16, 2018In “England”Huddersfield Town Secure Premier League Survival With Battling Draw As Manchester City Set New Points RecordMay 9, 2018In “England”EPL Round-Up: Place Stun United, Lampard’s Maiden Win, Salah On The DoubleAugust 24, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Barca ease past Man City, PSG cruise through

first_imgBy Josh ReichBarcelona eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City on Wednesday and Paris St Germain joined them after overwhelming Bayer Leverkusen 6-1 over the two legs of their last-16 tie.Barcelona, holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, had a penalty appeal waved away after Lionel Messi was brought down in the box early on and Neymar had a goal chalked off for offside after 18 minutes.Messi hit the post early in the second half before City, with manager Manuel Pellegrini watching from the stands, upped the pressure and Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes pulled off a stunning save to deny substitute Edin Dzeko and defender Pablo Zabaleta fluffed a shot just wide.Argentine Messi would not be denied a third time, however, taking advantage of Joleon Lescott’s error to clip the ball home after 67 minutes and City’s misery was compounded when Zabaleta was sent off for a second yellow card with 12 minutes left.City captain Vincent Kompany scored a consolation goal on 89 minutes but Dani Alves restored Barca’s lead in stoppage time.Any thoughts that Leverkusen, trailing 4-0 after the first leg, would roll over in Paris were extinguished after six minutes when Sidney Sam nodded the visitors in front.Marquinhos equalised with a header seven minutes later, however, before Leverkusen wasted the opportunity to retake the lead just before the half hour mark when Simon Rolfes’ poor penalty was saved by Salvatore Sirigu.Ezequiel Lavezzi steered home PSG’s second early in the second half and Leverkusen’s Emre Can received his marching orders for a second yellow card as the hosts cruised to a 2-1 win on the night.Barcelona and PSG joined holders Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, who progressed on Tuesday, in the quarter-finals. The final four last-16 ties will be completed next week.last_img read more