- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Technical College is laying off eight faculty members as it continues to grapple with a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

College President Dan Smith says the eight affected employees come from five different departments and include five tenured faculty members. Their last day of work will be July 31.

Smith says the layoffs were unavoidable given that paltry state support makes the college especially vulnerable when fewer students come through the door. But he says the demand for students trained in applied technical programs is growing, and that he has no doubt that the future of the institution is strong.

The college has two residential campuses, two regional campuses and six nursing campuses. It has 80 full-time faculty and 128 part-time faculty members.

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