- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Officials at Great Falls College Montana State University have announced plans to cut 10 academic programs and eight full-time staff positions.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1Tq0dcW ) the programs that will be phased out over the next several years include graphic design, medical billing and business administration in entrepreneurship and management. Dean and CEO Susan Wolff says the programs were identified based on several factors, including low student demand and completion rates.

The cuts are part of the college’s plans to focus on increasing enrollment in its core programs and the number of students who graduate. Wolff says the college is also looking to develop new programs to meet the area’s workforce needs.

The changes will allow the college to reallocate $400,000 to other programs, such as welding and nursing.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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