Education Cuts Under The Microscope at CNC
Prince George, B.C. – Funding cuts which are affecting education in British Columbia at the university, college and public school levels are the driving force behind two public events at CNC over the next few days.
Funding cutbacks by the Clark government are threatening the dental and counseling programs at the College of New Caledonia, forcing the closure of the Community Care public counseling service at UNBC and leaving B.C.’s public school trustees facing massive budgetary deficits and threats of removal if they fail to comply with Victoria’s wishes.
The CNC Board of Governors will be making its decisions on proposed budget cuts next Friday. Under that backdrop and, ironically, as April is Dental Health Month, the CNC Faculty Association is inviting the public to an open house Sunday afternoon in an effort to save the dental programs at the college. The open house, running from 2 to 4 pm Sunday, invites the public to stop by for a tour of the facilities in the CNC Dental Clinic which is now under consideration for closure. A number of displays and demonstrations will be available for viewing.
Meantime the state of education in B.C. will be the focus of discussion at a public forum at the college on Monday afternoon. The event will include speakers addressing the current state of education at all levels in the province. And there will be an open mic allowing members of the public to voice their concerns.
The education forum begins at 5 pm Monday in the Gathering Place at CNC.