LCSC announces staff, program reductions amid COVID-19 pandemic

In response to financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewis-Clark State College has been forced to reduce nearly 60 full-time positions – the majority through decisions not to fill vacant and or retirement positions. Some programs have also been discontinued and/or reorganized.

Across campus areas and units, reductions and reorganizations have been necessary.

Due to low enrollments, completions and overall program costs, the school’s associate’s degree program in engineering will be discontinued. Administrators say the program was not sustainable and will work with the Idaho State Board of Education and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to teach-out current students and formally close the program. Options for prospective students are being explored, including directing them to the engineering technology program in the Technical & Industrial Division which offers degrees in geographic information science as well as civil and mechanical engineering technology.

Likewise, LC State’s administrative management program, which has experienced declining interest over the years, will be closed.

The Outreach Centers in Grangeville and Orofino have both been subject to significant programmatic reductions. Administrators say the change will reduce the college’s dedicated on-site presence, but the college’s grant-funded Adult Learning Center, including GED services and supports will be maintained, along with efforts to increase remote education services.

Lewis-Clark State’s Continuing Education programming has been discontinued in both Grangeville and Orofino, as well as the LC Valley. The Center for Arts & History will continue to run some educational programming along with featured exhibits. However, Kids’ College, an LC State summer program run via the Center for Arts & History will also be discontinued.

Lewis-Clark State President Dr. Cynthia Pemberton says this fall, the college will return to face-to-face instruction adapted to social distancing and supported through online learning. (Lewis-Clark State College)

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