Despite GRCC Hiring Freeze, 36 Positions May Be Filled

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Administrators at Grand Rapids Community College say they don’t expect a recently implemented hiring freeze to affect plans to make three-dozen temporary faculty positions permanent during the 2012-13 academic year.

“We do not anticipate that outcome at this time,” said GRCC spokesman Raul Alvarez.

The college’s statement comes in response to questions raised by GRCC’s Faculty Association over how the freeze would affect what the association said was a verbal agreement by the administration – made prior to the hiring freeze – to convert three dozen temporary, full-time positions into permanent, full-time positions.

Fred van Hartesveldt, president of the Faculty Association, said the positions are needed, and he’s hopeful administrators will carry through on a pledge to make them permanent.

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