Oct 18, 2012 7:02 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

39 percent of programs targeted for possible elimination at Cuesta College

Cuesta College announced Thursday that it is reducing the number of programs it offers to students as part of an effort to address the school's long-term financial health.

The cabinet of Cuesta President Gil Stork identified 29 programs that are on the chopping block.

The depth of the cuts hinges on whether Governor Jerry Brown's November 6 tax initiative passes or fails.

"I encourage those affected to engage in the process to ensure that voices and perspectives are heard and considered," said Stork.

As for what's next, the College Council will make its recommendation to Stork on how to proceed by November 13. Stork will then ask the college's Planning and Budget Committee to evaluate its five-year fiscal impact. Stork will take the final recommendation to the Board of Trustees for an official vote on December 12.

Cuesta College has a total of 74 defined programs. The following 29 were targeted for possible elimination as early as the spring 2013 semester:

Agriculture Technology, Culinary Arts, Real Estate, Interior Design, Physical Science, Counseling, Student Life and Leadership, Nursing Assistant, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Construction Technology, Dance, Geography, Hospitality, Library/Information Technology, Computer Applications/Office Administration, Art- Digital, Music - Audio Technology, Work Experience - Workforce Development, Broadcast Communications, Drama, German, French, Medical Assisting, Electronic & Electrical Technology, Vocational ESL, Emergency Medical Services, Legal, Computer and Networking Technology, Architecture.

Connie Tran will have much more on this story tonight on KSBY News at 10 on the CW and 11 on KSBY.

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