VC lays off three counselors

May 11, 2010 at 12:11 a.m.

Three counselors will be laid off from The Victoria College after June 3 due to the restructuring the Student Services Department.

Instead, VC will be adding three academic adviser positions to its staff.

The layoffs were done to align VC's resources with its strategic goals and institutional mission, said VC President Tom Butler.

"Anytime organizations have to change, sometimes it requires hard decisions that have to be made," Butler said. "This was not about the performance about these three individuals. It was simply change the organization needed to make."

The difference between the two positions is that counselors provided guidance on all aspects of college, as well as in-depth counseling.

Advisers give no in-depth counseling, Butler said, but will work closely with new and existing students for academic and career advisement.

VC students who need in-depth counseling will be referred to a counselor in the community outside of VC, or to other qualified employees on campus, Butler said.

In addition, advisers will have lower salaries than counselors, which will help VC with their budget cuts.

"We have been making cuts throughout this year," Butler said. "We're expecting reductions in next year's budget."



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