Wright State University will provide support and resources to employees whose jobs are eliminated as part of the university’s efforts to balance its fiscal year 2018 budget, the school announced Wednesday.
Wright State employees will be notified the week of June 12 if they will be laid off. University officials have said WSU may lay off between 80 and 120 employees to save $6 million to $8 million.
Further details on budget cuts are expected to be announced Friday during a board of trustees finance committee meeting. The school needs to slash $25 million from its upcoming budget while boosting reserves by $5 million in order to regain its financial footing.
The fiscal year 2018 budget, which begins July 1, will include significant cuts to WSU. The Board of Trustees will vote on the budget at its public budget workshop on June 8.
Wright State human resources will offer coaching for displaced employees, according to the school. The department’s goal is to provide laid off employees guidance that aligns with their career paths and interests.
The university will host a career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 27 for employees whose jobs are eliminated. The career fair will take place at 2455 Presidential Drive.
Human resources will match employees with local companies and higher education employers in need of workers with certain experience, according to the school.
WSU will waive some tuition for impacted employees and immediate dependents for two years following their separation date from the university. WSU Human Resources will also provide counseling, resume reviews, interviewing critiques and skills assessment to laid off employees, according to the school.
Employees losing their jobs will be able to use work time to seek other job opportunities. WSU will provide free career management sessions for impacted employees with Lee Hecht Harrison, a career transition and outplacement firm.
Human resources is also offering regular services to all WSU employees during the transition, including free counseling, workplace and personal development sessions through the IMPACT Solutions Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and Tai Chi, meditation and self-regulation and relaxation techniques with Employee Wellness, according to the school.
WSU workshops on resilience, change management, team building and coaching can be requested through a dean or vice president’s office, according to the school.