Students and faculty at Glendale Community College joined hands Sunday as part of a statewide campaign to highlight the impact of state funding cuts.
The campaign, “Hands Across California,” was set into motion to raise scholarship funds for community college students, and to bring attention to the system’s overall contribution. There are 112 community colleges in California and, according to the event organizers, the campuses serve 2.8 million students each year.
On Sunday, Glendale Community College Supt./President Dawn Lindsay addressed the crowd in a T-shirt, sandals and sunglasses in the afternoon heat. She warned that the college faces up to $10.7 million in budget cuts, which could spell the end of the school’s six-week summer session.
“The ‘all-cuts’ budget is the worst-possible-case scenario,” Lindsay said, speaking of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan. “Easily, we would lose upwards of 800 class sections.”
Up and down the state, people organized to hold hands at community college campuses to make a statement about the importance of the system to the economy and well-being of California.