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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System cut more than 500 positions this week, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Most of those positions were eliminated through retirements or were currently vacant. However, 45 faculty members and 125 staff were laid off.

The system is facing a $26 million shortfall due to declining enrollment and state budget cuts. The state is reducing its support by 4.5 percent over the next two years. That's on top of $39 million in state reductions since 2008. Tuition is also expected to increase next year by 6.1 percent.