40 per cent of St. Clair College staff could retire in the next two years

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'All teaching is suspended:' St. Clair, Lambton join Ontario college faculty strike

'All teaching is suspended:' St. Clair, Lambton join Ontario college faculty strike

Almost half of the positions at St. Clair College could become vacant in the next two years, according to the school's president.

Patti France said about 40 per cent of the college's workforce will be eligible for retirement by 2019. 

She made the comments during a presentation to Essex County Council Wednesday night, but added there are currently no plans to cut any positions once they open up.

"Sometimes if we may add to the complement back in, but we may do it slightly different or tweak the job," she explained. "We always take the opportunity if there's a vacancy to look at the job and see if it needs to be changed at all, or if if there needs to be a different focus in a different area."

Positions that could become vacant include faculty jobs as well as administration and support staff.

France said the college is also adding two programs for next fall — a four-year honours degree in business administration and information technology and a four-year degree program in legal studies.