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Mountain State University Announces Job Cuts
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Jul. 23, 2012 2:29 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 23, 2012 9:36 PM EDT
Beckley , West Virginia
Mountain State University is cutting its workforce in half in the wake of losing its accreditation.
The private Beckley-based university says in a news release that affected employees were notified of the reduction Monday. Their last day of employment will be Sept. 21st.
The university-wide cuts include administrative, faculty, and staff positions.
Mountain State did not say how many jobs are being cut. The school has campuses in Beckley, Martinsburg, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Interim President Richard E. Sours says in the release that the school has set up a career center to help workers losing their jobs.
Earlier this month, the regional Higher Learning Commission withdrew Mountain State's accreditation, citing leadership, organizational and integrity issues.
The decision is effective August 27th, but Mountain State does plan to appeal.
Meantime, both public and private colleges throughout West Virginia are trying to help MSU students.
State officials said Monday that the area's 2-year and 4-year public colleges are working to take in students in such programs as radiologic technology and medical assistant.
Private schools including the University of Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan have also reached out to these students.
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