More than 100 students and employees of Georgia Highlands College gathered at the heart of the Rome campus in a cold breeze Thursday morning in an effort to rally anti-budget cut support.

The college is facing a proposed $2.4 million budget cut that would result in the closing two campuses, the shuttering of the dental hygiene and physical education programs, a reduction in the number of nursing students allowed into the program, and the cutting of at least 30 jobs at the college. All Georgia state colleges are facing massive cuts and a March 15 rally is planned at the State Capitol.

RNT