BONAVISTA, N.L. — The Bonavista campus of the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) looks to be taking another hit to its offerings, as — according to the workers’ union — the construction-industrial electrician program has been discontinued from the campus curriculum after eliminating two instructor positions.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) issued a release on Monday morning, May 7, claiming that 13 CNA faculty members around the province have been laid off.
NAPE says the layoffs include: two construction-industrial electrician instructors in Bonavista and one in Bay St. George, four instructors for instrumentation and controls, metal fabricator, and sheet metal programs in Burin, and six instructors for office administration and process engineering technology in Corner Brook.
“This is part of a troubling trend at the college in recent years and we are seeing the impact primarily on rural campuses,” said NAPE president Jerry Earle in the release. “These campuses, these programs, and these good jobs are integral parts of the economic structure of rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Each cut has a ripple effect on the local economy.”
Last year, the college discontinued the cook program at the Bonavista campus.
According to the CNA website, the Bonavista campus also offers heavy equipment operator (shared program with Bay St. George) and plumber.
The release further states they understand the layoffs are as a result of annual enrolment management, and not budgetary issues.
“While we understand that the College needs to be responsive to enrolment demands, they should be engaging with their frontline staff, faculty, and their union on ways to mitigate impact, create and attract new programs, and improve enrolment and program delivery,” adds Earle.
The Packet contacted the College of the North Atlantic and will have more information as it becomes available.