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Officials promised that sleek new buildings featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and training facilities would bring with them more faculty, more students and shorter waiting lists for high-interest fields.
Now, the buildings are opening — most ahead of schedule and under budget — giving the main campus a fresh, futuristic look. But staffers and students are faced with a vastly different, grimmer landscape than the one imagined when the referendum was passed. Full-time enrollment has dropped significantly since its recession-era highs, with only a marginal increase expected next year. The college has cut 12.75 full-time faculty positions since 2011, with officials saying that more may be cut through layoffs later this year.
MATC, also known as Madison College, is working to plug a budget gap of $5.2 million for the coming year which includes $1.6 million in operating expenses for the new buildings.