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STCC employees protest against college's president

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Employees gathered at Springfield Technical Community college to protest the president of the school, John B. Cook.

Cook took over at the college on August 1, 2016.

Protesters on Monday said thatt it's time for a change.

They tell Western Mass News that they intend to walk from STCC's main gate to the 5 p.m. meeting of STCC's Board of Trustees at Scibelli Hall.

Employees said tha they have been asking for Cook's resignation for months.

Last October, STCC employees held a vote of no confidence against Cook.  This was the first time in STCC's 50 year history that employees undertook such an action against a president of that college.

Adjunct professor Nicholas Camerota said that many long standing employees have left the college because of Cook, which shows the discontent among employees

"What's even more worrisome is that there are other people who are reporting to us that they're seeking employment elsewhere, actively," Camerota explained.

Cook released this statement on Monday:

"As I continue to lead Springfield Technical Community College forward in a dynamic and changing economy I will continue to rely heavily on the input of our faculty and staff. Together, we remain focused on strategic challenges that include enrollment declines, inequities in persistence and graduation rates for our students of color, and our need to further invest in technology and facilities upgrades. STCC’s location, in the heart of our community, defines our critical mission to support students as they transform their lives.

The intent of every decision I make, as President of STCC, is to help our campus community better serve our students. I understand that not every decision I’ve made, or will make, will be popular with everyone on our campus. While disagreements are inevitable in any large organization, I will continue to engage our campus in open and transparent communication. As I join our graduating students, their families, our faculty and staff at STCC’s fifty-first commencement on May 31, I am confident that STCC together is achieving our mission."

The employees gathered today said that they will keep pushing for change until something is done.

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