Long Beach City College plans to hire 27 new faculty members and increase the assignments of dozens of staff positions that were previously reduced as a result of the recession.
The College will spend $3.6 million to hire new faculty and increase the assignments for many staff members whose jobs had been reduced, LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said. During the recession, the assignments of some staff members were cut from 12 to 10 months a year as a cost-saving measure to avoid additional layoffs.
“This is an investment in the future of Long Beach City College,” Oakley said. “These new positions will allow us to offer our students more of the classes they need and will give our faculty additional support.”
The 27 new faculty positions, Oakley noted, comes on the heels of LBCC hiring 55 new faculty members in 2014, a single-year record for the college.
In addition to the new faculty members, 44 staff positions will be increased and three new positions added. While not all positions were increased, ones that directly impact student learning were given highest priority, Oakley said.
The proposal will be addressed at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 28 and included in a preliminary College budget that will be considered by the Board on June 23. If approved, the plan will become effective July 1.