DANNIKA LEWIS: 2525 Cutting 10% of the workforce.
That's what one UW System college is facing under
Walker's proposed budget.
We'll explain tonight.
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THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET IS THREATENING HUNDREDS
OF JOBS AT U-W MADISON.
BUT THE 300-MILLION DOLLAR CUT APPLIES TO THE ENTIRE
SO WE SENT DANNIKA LEWIS TO FIND OUT HOW SMALLER SCHOOLS
PLAN TO STOMACH THE BUDGET BLOW.
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U-W ROCK COUNTY IS ONE OF 13 CAMPUSES IN THE U-W COLLEGES
A SYSTEM WORKING AS A WHOLE TO DEAL WITH THE UPCOMING
LIKE THE OTHER SMALLER 2-YEAR INSTITUTIONS.
U-W ROCK COUNTY IS BRACING FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF
THOSE STATE CUTS.
WHICH COULD MEAN LOSING 10 PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE.
JOEL FRAT, UW Rock County Custodian: 2127 you could
almost say it's a home away from home, and we take
pride in that.
IT'S NICE TO KNOW AN EMPTY U-W ROCK COUNTY CAMPUS.
STILL HAS A PROTECTOR.
JOEL FRAT, UW Rock County Custodian: 2106 It goes
a little deeper than just cleaning,
CUSTODIAN JOEL FRAT WATCHES OVER THIS PLACE AND ITS
JOEL FRAT, UW Rock County Custodian: 1821 I enjoy
It's a great job.
THIS PROTECTOR SAYS HE'S THE ONE WHO NEEDS SOME SECURITY.
JOEL FRAT, UW Rock County Custodian:1857 there are
definitely going to be some cuts, some deep cuts.
And how deep? We just don't know.
And that's the thing that bothers me the most.
IF WALKER'S BUDGET PROPOSAL GOES THROUGH.
THE U-W COLLEGE SYSTEM WILL FACE A 6-AND-A-HALF MILLION
U-W ROCK COUNTY'S BUDGET?
SIX AND A HALF MILLION.
CARMEN WILSON, UW Rock County Dean: 0509 This cut
takes us back to funding levels that we got in 1998,
so we are running a 21st century institution on a
20th century budget.
DEAN CARMEN WILSON SAYS.
POSITIONS *WILL BE CUT*.
AS MUCH AS 10 PERCENT OF HER WORKFORCE.
CARMEN WILSON, UW Rock County Dean: 1331 I feel
sad for the students and our ability to give them
what they need to be successful and I worry about
those students who need the most support.
DANNIKA LEWIS: 2452 One of the cost-cutting options
would divide UW Rock County and the dozen of other
campuses into regions, assigning one dean to each
region rather than having a dean at every school.
Now here, Wilson says she's less worried about job
security and more worried about what that kind of
leadership under than kind of plan would mean for
CARMEN WILSON, UW Rock County Dean: 1343 If there's
one student who drops out of college because the advisor
that they had isn't here to help them, that's one
student too many.
AND AS FOR FRAT.
JOEL FRAT, UW Rock County Custodian: 1916 Just not
knowing is the worst.
...WHAT SEEMED LIKE A SAFE, SECURE STATE JOB.
IS NO LONGER SO PROTECTED.
JOEL FRAT, UW Rock County Custodian: 1835 You kind
of think of it at night, like okay, so do I go out
there and look for another job or what do I do at
this point? 40
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11-HUNDRED STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED AT U-W ROCK COUNTY.
WILSON SAYS THE MAJORITY WHO GO THERE NEED FINANCIAL
AID OR ARE THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILIES TO GO TO COLLEGE.
WHICH IS WHY STAFF IS SO VITAL.
ABOUT 14-THOUSAND STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN THE ENTIRE
AND IF THE BUDGET PASSES WITHOUT CHANGES.
85 TO 90 JOBS WOULD BE CUT THROUGHOUT THAT SYSTEM.
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