California community college summer classes trimmed by budget cuts, some students camp out to get courses
San Jose Mercury News
June 4, 2010
Thousands of community college students around the state will not be able to get the classes they need this summer because of budget cuts, state education leaders said Thursday.
Students at some of California's 110 two-year schools have camped out overnight to get courses, state Chancellor Jack Scott and a handful of campus leaders told reporters in a conference call.
At many campuses, thousands of students are being kept out of classes required to transfer to universities, they said.
"The required courses are no longer available," said Sandra Serrano, chancellor of the three-school Kern Community College District, where about 2,000 students are on wait lists for general-education classes such as history, biology and English.