Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hocking College cites budget concerns as reason behind not giving fired employees extended deadline to obtain credentials - SARAH GUINN, the Athens Messenger

Hocking College President Betty Young admitted 13 employees fired, due to a lack of credentials, had a further two years to correct the issue, but claims keeping those employees on board would have resulted in a budget deficit of more than $1.2 million. The 13 full-time bargaining unit members of the faculty at Hocking College were fired in early July and August. In March, the school was told by the Higher Learning Commission that all instructors needed to have the correct credentials in place by Dec. 31, 2015. Hocking College identified the 13 employees in various fields who did not meet those qualifications. Some of those teachers had been with the school since the 1990s.

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