Budget Woes Put Students' Future in Jeopardy

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Spring semester is starting at community colleges but state budget cuts have put a college education in jeopardy for hundreds of students.

    Students begin the "classroom shuffle," going from college to college to get the classes they need.

    California's budget crisis forced many classes to be cut, and student aid reduced or taken away altogether.

    The chancellor for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca District says during the fall semester, enrollment was up 10 percent, just as their state-funding was down 10 percent. On that one college campus, 300 courses had to be cut.

    Rallies across campuses let the government know how students feel, but they don't change the new reality they're living with.

    For them, the state's budget woes are putting their futures in jeopardy.

    Student Jackie Gutierrez dealt with this in the fall.

    "It's kind of sad because I just quit my job to go to school full time and now I don't know what's going to happen next semester," Gutierrez said.

    Because so many classes have been cut, students are forced to gamble with their schedule. They'll go from class to class, hoping that people who are registered won't show up and that somehow they'll be able to cobble a schedule together.