04/10/2013 04:51 EDT | Updated 06/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Hundreds of students protest cuts at college in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Hundreds of college students gathered at 15 campuses across Newfoundland and Labrador on Wednesday to rally against cuts to the College of the North Atlantic.

The province cut $15 million from the college's operating budget, forcing administrators to change 27 course offerings and remove Adult Basic Education altogether.

Student Meghan Smith says the college is best suited to deliver the program and she is reluctant to take the program at a private college.

Smith says she won't be able to afford the rates at a private institution.

NAPE, the union that represents the college faculty and staff, says the province deserves accessible, affordable and quality public education.

An estimated 149 layoffs are expected across the college system and union president Carol Furlong warns of more to come.