CCAC freezes most hiring, plans to reduce spending

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The Community College of Allegheny County Thursday announced it will freeze administrative hiring and reduce spending given the state's proposed budget cuts.

The school also announced a cost increase for its planned K. Leroy Irvis Science Center.

Employees were notified by CCAC President Alex Johnson about the freeze covering nonunion administrative positions in the regular college budget, officials said Thursday.

The college said searches under way will continue, but no offers will be made to candidates, except for open director and assistant director of safety and security positions at CCAC--Allegheny Campus.

The college is also asking for a curtailing of nonessential spending.

Also, after opening prime contract bids, the CCAC said construction costs for the Irvis Center will increase by $3 million, partly from expanded project scope and increased material costs. That combined with $3 million previously approved for instructional and information technology equipment and an additional $500,000 projected for instructional materials raises the total cost from $21.5 to $28 million.


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