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Sequestration could impact thousands of work study jobs

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Sequestration, set to kick in on March 1st, could put thousands of college students out of work. Each year, millions receive a form of financial aid through work study jobs, but the impending cuts have put those positions on the line. YNN's Crystal Cranmore has the story of one student who is hoping for the best.

CORNING, N.Y. -- When he’s not busy serving his time as a student ambassador or flooded with homework and exams, you can find John Werczynsky in the Admissions Office, taking care of business.

Like many students at Corning Community College, Werczynsky faces an uncertain future when it comes to his work study job.

“It’s hard to find a real job with a flexible schedule that will meet my needs during school with all the homework and class. So this helps because it's right on campus,” said John Werczynsky.

The job pays just $7.25 an hour, but it helps every step of the way. Work study gives income-eligible students real world experience in addition to money that goes toward college and related costs.

The college's president says the spending cuts that result from sequestration, will hit the students in the most need, including the unemployed and those with disabilities.

“Half of our more than half a million dollar budget in support of direct to student funding will be cut if the sequestration goes through,” said Dr. Kate Douglas.

Dr. Douglas says in addition to the U.S. Department of Education, the school also receives funding from the Department of Labor. Spending cuts would have a major impact on their workforce programs.

“We would likely lose the capacity to train dislocated, unemployed youth or adults, over 100 of them, if the sequester does happen,” said Dr. Douglas.

For Werczynsky, there are some serious concerns as to how he will manage if the cuts go into effect on March 1st.

“What I’d do for work, what I'd have to do for income. I don’t know if they'd cut it all or if I’d lose everything in full. We’re all crossing our fingers that everything goes well,” said Werczynsky.

If spending cuts do go into effect on Friday, the White House says in the state of New York, a little more than 4,000 students will not get work study jobs.

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