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VICTORIA Camosun College program and service cuts are hampering student access to a post-secondary education, CUPE says, and special needs students are particularly hard hit.

Our members have faced 15 layoff notices recently even though the waiting list for college entrance continues to grow, CUPE Local 2081 president Ken Whitehead today.

Recent actions by the college administration, with support from the board of governors, are limiting student access to college programs and hurting their chances of success, he said.

We think this is the first in a series of cuts, Whitehead added. More cuts are expected and they will have a direct impact on students.

The cuts will have a particularly strong negative effect on special needs students, he said. Their access now has been limited at a time when the provincial government boasts about a new era of prosperity.

What has happened to the “community” in our community college? Whitehead asked.

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Contact: Ken Whitehead, CUPE 2081 President, (250) 370-4606.