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After over a decade of teaching renewable and solar energy technology at Santa Fe Community College, Xubi Wilson was recently informed the solar energy program and his program head position were going to be dropped. Wilson is staying on as an adjunct professor.

More than a year into what officials are calling a financial emergency largely tied to the coronavirus pandemic, Santa Fe Community College has cut five of its programs and laid off several staff members in a second round of workforce reductions.

The college announced in early May it would end its solar energy, exercise science, hospitality, fashion design, and architectural and interior design programs. It cut six filled positions and eight vacant jobs.

The news came shortly after the college’s governing board approved a $36.1 million budget for fiscal year 2022, with a $1.2 million shortfall caused by declines in revenue and rising costs. Officials said the program and staff cuts saved upward of $450,000, and a nearly $380,000 dip into cash reserves helped cover the difference.

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