LONG BEACH (CBS) — Fall semester may have just begun at Long Beach City College, but already incoming students are wondering if budget cuts will keep them from getting the classes they need.
KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports the situation is a familiar one across California as cutbacks at state four-year schools begin to trickle down to the community colleges.
“With unemployment, with all of the kids who have graduated high school, they’re all looking to get into higher education, and we’re having a tough time meeting that demand,” said LBCC superintendent and president Eloy Oakley.
School officials are urging students to register early before seats are all taken in the high-demand core classes.
Some students even said they have registered at more than one school to play it safe.
“The problem that we have — like every community college in California — is that we’re limited in capacity, and so our classes are pretty much all full in this first week of school,” said Oakley.
And what about those latecomers who are just now registering for the fall semester?
“Good luck to them,” said one student.