(Dec. 18) – Rep. Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) said today that the possibility of layoffs at CSU Pueblo is, “very concerning.”

“I am monitoring the situation at CSU Pueblo very closely,” Rep. Garcia said. “The possibility of losing 50 employees is very concerning to me.  If there are any steps that can be taken in the legislature to avert these layoffs, I will do everything I can to minimize the impact to CSU Pueblo and the surrounding community.”

“While cutting funding to CSU Pueblo, the CSU system is adding a new campus in Denver, where there are already numerous higher education choices for potential students,” Rep. Garcia said, “since CSU Pueblo is the only four-year college in the area it’s important that we don’t lose the faculty that students need to be prepared to enter the workforce.”

Rep. Garcia noted that CSU-Pueblo recently began offering engineering degrees in mechatronics and railroad engineering, while also being selected as a pilot program for cutting edge simulation technology in its nursing department.

“These are exactly the types of programs that are preparing students for the high technology jobs of the 21st century,” Rep. Garcia said, “and we need to make sure that the faculty and staff that these programs rely on are protected.”

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