The COVID-19 pandemic is adding to the usual number of summer layoffs at Northern College’s four campuses.
President Fred Gibbons says 42 part-timers in non-teaching positions are affected.
“It’s not business as usual and consequently our activity levels are less than what they would be in a normal year,” he states. “And we have to respond accordingly to those activity levels. So in some areas, the work doesn’t exist, so those who have been impacted have or will be receiving layoff notices.”
Gibbons explains that many of those jobs are not twelve months a year. They include technicians in the college’s shops, and counter service people in the student services department.
All four campuses have been closed to the public since the pandemic arrived. It also caused the move to online instruction to finish the semester.
“We have a couple of proposals that would see us reopen our doors to the public and to students later into the summer,” Gibbons adds. “If those proposals get approved for colleges generally including Northern College, we would see those part-time employees coming back.”