ST. JOHN’S – Students welcome the affirmation from College of the North Atlantic President, Ann Marie Vaughn that faculty and staff have the right to participate in student-led campaigns without fear of backlash from their employer.
“It’s important that our faculty, instructors, and staff can join students to work together to defend public post-secondary education in the province without fear of reprisal,” said Travis Perry, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students Newfoundland and Labrador. “We know that cuts to the College of the North Atlantic would not only be felt by students, faculty, and staff but would also have a negative impact on communities right across Newfoundland and Labrador.”
On Monday, President Vaughn made an official apology in regards to a memo that was sent out by the College warning faculty and staff against attending a student organized town hall about potential cuts to education. Students on CNA campuses across the province have been organising open meetings ahead of the upcoming budget. These meetings provide an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to voice their concerns about anticipated cutbacks.
“We know that students are not alone in our fight to defend public education in Newfoundland and Labrador,” added Perry. “Our public college and university system has a huge impact on our province’s social and economic fabric. Every Newfoundlander and Labradorian has a stake in its success.”
CNA is a critical training institution and economic driver in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to a C.C. Benefits Study, every dollar invested in the College of the North Atlantic results in an $11.50 return. The College’s contribution is apparent in communities throughout the province and it is imperative that all stakeholders are given the opportunity to share their personal experiences and shape its future direction. Students will work with our coalition partners to denounce any threats to the College of the North Atlantic that may appear in budget 2016.
The Canadian Federation of Students – Newfoundland and Labrador represents every public post-secondary student in the province.
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