Budget Shortfall Forces Kapiolani Community College To Cut Classes, Jobs

As Kapiolani Community College prepares to welcome students for the fall semester next week, it’s doing some considerable belt-tightening that will mean fewer courses, lecturers and temporary employees.

Once the largest community college in the University of Hawaii system, KCC has faced declining enrollment for a decade. Now it is having to make major adjustments to make up for a $2.1 million budget deficit as a result of waning tuition dollars in the 2020 fiscal year, which began on July 1.

“It’s probably the most difficult thing I’ve had to face,” KCC Chancellor Louise Pagotto told administrators at a recent Chancellor’s Advisory Council meeting on the KCC campus.

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