Georgia Northwestern Technical College is planning three more furlough days this year, following four in the first half of 2009. Permanent budget cuts of 9.5 percent previously forced days off without pay in January, March and April.

According to Amber Jordan, director of marketing and public relations at the college, the dates that the college will be closed fall on in-service days for students on Sept. 25, Nov. 25 and Dec. 31. The campuses in Walker, Floyd, Polk and Gordon counties will all be closed on those days.

Craig McDaniel, president of the college, said that the three furlough days will save a total of $193,941. He said the three days off were mandated, but the college was able to choose the dates that furloughs were taken.

Calhoun Times