L.A. colleges cancel July summer session

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. The /*L.A. Community College*/ Board of Trustees says there's not enough money coming from the state and it's anticipating deeper cuts in the future.

There are usually two summer school sessions at the district's nine campuses. The summer session scheduled for June 15 will meet as scheduled, but the second session, which was set to begin on July 1, will no longer be held.

Canceling the July session will impact anywhere from 30,000 to 35,000 students throughout the district. At /*Los Angeles Valley College*/, 7,000 students had enrolled in the second summer session, but now they're finding out those classes are canceled.

"Our teacher mentioned it today and a lot of people were kind of shocked, kind of in disbelief. They all wanted some answers," said LAVC student Doug McKain.

L.A. Valley College President Dr. Susan Carleo says the cancellation saves the campus $850,000.

"We're really torn. We don't have the funds from the state to pay for the classes," said Dr. Carleo. "We cannot run a deficit, we have to be responsible fiscally. And yet we know that this is having a negative impact on our students, who are our first priority."

Pierce College in Woodland Hills had to cancel 175 classes. One student said he had planned on taking both summer school sessions and had already chosen his classes.

"It messes up my plans. I have to reevaluate my schedule because I have my entire year planned out for all the classes I'm going to take," said Spencer Horovitz, a student at Pierce College. "I was supposed to take an English class and a history class, and now I have to take that history class next semester, so that means you know another unit I'm going to have to stay here. And I can't really go on and do the next thing I want to do with my life."

Horovitz's one of many college students working to put himself through school. He says the cost of trying to get a college education is becoming increasingly more unaffordable.

Many other students say they needed the summer credits to transfer to other schools.

"I need the credits to transfer," said Jacquelyn Guardado, a student at Pierce College. "And I had had everything planned to so it's kind of really inconvenient this time."

Pierce College President Robert Garber says he'll work with students on a case by case basis.

"We have great relationships with most of our transfer schools, and I think all of us want to do the best to support our students and keep them engaged in their education," said Garber.

Both college presidents say more cuts are likely in the future depending on the state's revised budget.

The state budget is also affecting students at UC and Cal State schools. Student fees will increase by 9 percent at all UC campuses to help offset budget cuts. In-state undergraduate students can expect to pay $8,700 in fees for the coming academic year.

Cal State students will pay 10 percent more in fees, making the average fees per undergrad student about $3,354 a year.

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