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University of Maine Augusta announces major cuts

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The University of Maine in Augusta is preparing for major cuts, including almost 20 jobs, two degree programs and two sports teams.

UMA's president held a forum on the cuts Wednesday. The two programs are the associate degree programs in nursing and veterinary technology.

Also on the chopping block are the men's and women's soccer teams.

The university's president says the college needs to find $3 million in savings to balance next years budget.

She says the cuts are designed to be gradual and bring the least impact.

The UMA cuts are part of a $36 million budget shortfall across the University of Maine system's seven campuses.