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Assembly Bill aims to increase financial aid

Nick Valenzuela, Connection Staff

April 18, 2013

Filed under Issues, News

California community college students struggling with financial aid may soon receive assistance in obtaining FAFSA and Pell Grant funds thanks to a bill recently introduced to the California State Assembly. California Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) has created Assembly Bill 606, a bill that, if passed, would requir...

Editorial: Community colleges hurt by proposed unit cap

Editorial Staff

March 18, 2013

Filed under Editorials

Aspects of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for 2013-14 may keep California’s once thriving public education system alive, but the 90 unit cap he’s suggested will remove the very roots which community colleges have grown from. If enacted, this legislation will require any California community college student who has...

California students march on the Capitol protesting higher education costs

March 5, 2013

A sea of students, educators and supporters stormed the steps of the California State Capitol Monday...

Editorial: Governor’s budget proposal won’t work for community colleges

Editorial: Governor’s budget proposal won’t work for community colleges

February 26, 2013

In his 2013-14 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed the idea to fund community colleges based on the amount...

Chancellor tackles budget and more at CRC convocation

Chancellor tackles budget and more at CRC convocation

Josh Slowiczek, News Editor

January 25, 2013

Filed under Campus, News

The newly appointed Los Rios Community College District chancellor Brian King, Ph.D., delivered his first...

Proposition 30 relieves transfer student concerns

Scott Redmond, Connection Staff

December 12, 2012

Filed under News

Before the passing of Proposition 30, California colleges were facing the stark reality of having to make cuts to classes and teachers with the possibility of already high tuition getting even higher. Yearly tuition is nearing $13,000 for the University of California system and $6000 for the California State University system. Tuition...

California Community Colleges’ budget hinges on Proposition 30

Editorial Staff

September 27, 2012

Filed under News

California Community Colleges will cut $338 million in the event that Proposition 30 fails to pass in the November election, CCC Acting Chancellor Erik Skinner said during a conference call held for student newspapers on Sept. 26. Proposition 30 calls for a raise in sales tax by one-fourth of a cent for four years and an...

Los Rios chancellor holds budget forum at CRC

Vince Schwede, Connection Staff

April 18, 2012

Filed under News

Los Rios Chancellor Brice Harris spoke to students, faculty and staff at Cosumnes River College on April 10 about the budget crisis facing Los Rios community colleges, saying that the crisis is “by far the worst and by far the longest.” The forum was one of four meetings being held at each of the Los Rios colleges. Har...

Los Rios union leader presents lecture on state of California community colleges

Imran Majid, Connection Staff

March 29, 2012

Filed under News

Los Rios College Federation of Teachers President Dean Murakami held a faculty forum on the current financial status of the Los Rios district amid recent budget cuts on March 28. He also provided a future outlook on what mid-year cuts may occur, pending state legislation. The presentation also took place at the three other...

Community colleges face ‘February Surprise’ budget crisis

Stephan Starnes, Connection Staff

March 14, 2012

Filed under News

The community college system in California is already in the midst of a budget crisis, and now they’re facing an additional $149 million in cuts part way through the semester. The unexpected mid-year cuts come after property taxes and student enrollment revenues were lower than expected, according to the Community College...

Thousands march in protest of cuts to higher education

Thousands march in protest of cuts to higher education

March 8, 2012

Thousands of California students and citizens marched in front of the state Capital on March 5 in protest...

Obama’s budget proposal includes expanding business partnerships at community colleges

Imran Majid, Connection Staff

February 29, 2012

Filed under News

As part of 2012-2013 budget summary, President Barack Obama proposed spending $8 billion on job training programs at community colleges over the next three years, according to Inside Higher Ed. The funds will build on current job training programs, allow community colleges to train workers in technical and manufacturing fie...

Gov. Brown’s tax proposal affects students

Vince Schwede, Connection Staff

January 30, 2012

Filed under News

In the State of the State address on Jan. 18, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed tax increases as a way to balance the state’s budget and prevent deeper cuts in education. The address was part of his campaign to put the tax measure on the November ballot. “Putting our fiscal house in order is good stewardship, and it helps to ...

Los Rios will not make mid-year adjustments

Los Rios will not make mid-year adjustments

December 5, 2011

The Legislative Analyst’s Office announced that the state’s General Fund revenues and transfers would...

Additional tuition increases delayed until summer

Alex Mosqueda, Connection Staff

October 19, 2011

Filed under News

After the recent decision in favor for a mid-year tuition increase for community college students, the California Legislature has chosen to delay the fee increase until summer 2012. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office issued a media statement of CCC Chancellor, Jack Scott, praising the legislature’s decision....

Editorial: External factors not considered with cuts to California colleges

Editorial Staff

September 15, 2011

Filed under Opinion

For the past few years, money has been a primary topic of discussion for educational institutions. This is no surprise, seeing as California is currently in a $375 billion deficit, according to usdebtclock.org. Every sector of the state’s economy has been forced to look over its financial records and determine how and where...

Remedial courses are not in best interest of community college

Tammi Kolesinski, Connection Staff

September 15, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Remedial classes at community colleges are under scrutiny. Our campus is especially concerned about the cuts in any classes or programs. In community colleges, 42 percent of freshman enroll in at least one remedial course, according to the National Center for Education Statistics 2004 report. The definition of “remedial”...

Students speak up about tuition increases

Johny Garcia, Connection Staff

September 11, 2011

Filed under News, Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bcKdn8zzWs

Smaller class sizes means smaller lines

Smaller class sizes means smaller lines

August 29, 2011

From parking permits to financial aid, the first week of school often comes with the price of standing i...

Third most expensive state weighs down students

Third most expensive state weighs down students

August 29, 2011

Many things are taken into consideration when you’re looking at the cost of living. Rent, food, gas, ...

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