It seems that Mrs. Chili is soon to be out of a job!
Chatty, who knows my superhero, secret identity, emailed me this evening with this little tidbit:
I just heard Joe Reporter on W-LOCAL NEWS announce TCC’s closing?? Did you know that was happening??
My answer to Chatty’s question was “welllll, sort of; but I had no idea it was happening NOW!”
The long answer is that TCC’s holding company has been trying to sell the school for a while now. This, of course, was not news to us. It is also true that TCC’s holding company has been having some not insignificant trouble finding a buyer. This is also not news to us – we hear about it in meetings, in corporate emails, and over the photocopier. That the school is closing, though? TOTALLY new news to everyone.
I thought I’d share with you, Dear Readers, the email that we received from the president of TCC. This is an exact, cut-and-pasted copy of what we got by way of announcement that the school is closing. In reading this, would YOU have guessed that you’re being told you’re out of a job?
Again, I want to re-iterate to all the faculty and staff how proud I am to be associated with such a dedicated, passionate group of individuals. I have attached a letter from Anthony S. who is the new Managing Director of Campus Transitional Schools.
I have also attached a list of some frequently asked questions that students may ask faculty and staff. Peter H. has offered to add to the list of frequently asked questions over the weekend and I will forward an updated FAQ to you all early next week.
It turns out that the ax notice came in the attachment from Anthony S. It’s buried pretty deep; see if you can find it:
We looked at numerous criteria in evaluating the alternatives to a sale, met with the leadership of each school, and reviewed a significant amount of data. We considered, among other things, each campus’s current financial performance and forecast, real estate aspects including use of capacity and potential lease alternatives within each school, location and viability of the current brand or another brand in that location, and level of interest from potential purchasers. We considered these decisions very carefully and took additional time to do so, in order to ensure an outcome that takes into account the best interests of all constituencies.
We recognize that the last 15 months or so have brought a level of uncertainty and related anxiety, and we continue to be grateful to you for your unwavering commitment to your school and your students during this difficult period. We will work hard to ensure that your contributions are appropriately recognized.
We will honor our promises to our students and have made the commitment to an orderly transition that will provide current students with the opportunity to complete their programs.
Student externships and services such as career services and financial aid will continue to be available to students throughout the teach-out. Our graduates also will continue to receive all other necessary services. Upon closure, we plan to move records and other support to one central location accessible via the Internet, except as necessary for them to may remain local.. Graduates will be appropriately notified of these final arrangements.
Here are the key facts that you should know about this decision:
Although the date for the final closing of the campus is December 31, 2009, we may wind down our operations earlier or later, depending on the needs of our students.
This decision will result in some immediate staff reductions and additional future reductions on a phased-in basis. We will follow up with each of you within the next 30 days to provide you with additional specifics in connection with your individual situations.
We will offer severance pay to our full-time faculty and staff, as well as stay bonuses, as appropriate.
Our intent is to make this as transparent and supportive a process as possible, and we are committed to ongoing communication for faculty, students, parents and all stakeholders.
Guess what I’LL be doing this weekend?