Dawson Community College

The main building at Dawson Community College is pictured in this October 2015 file photo.

CASEY PAGE, for the Independent Record

BILLINGS (AP) — Dawson Community College is cutting faculty jobs and eliminating classes to deal with the budget cuts that come with decreased enrollment.

The two-year school in Glendive has the equivalent of 221 full-time students this fall, compared to 437 in the fall of 2006. The reduced enrollment is often blamed on the boom in job opportunities in the Bakken oil field.

The Billings Gazette reports interim President Vince Nix has cut six tenured instructors and half of the college's 120 classes to address a $315,000 budget shortfall. He plans to add adjunct professors and offer online classes.

The school had mostly focused on students who lived on campus and planned to transfer to a four-year university, but Nix says that only accounted for about 20 percent of students.

The school is expanding its career and technical education.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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