Crowded Classrooms At Local Community Colleges

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008

They expect enrollment this semester to reach a record 88,000 students across all four campuses combined: American River, Cosumnes River, Sacramento City and Folsom Lake Collages. That’s 5,300 more than last fall. 

Susie Williams is a spokeswoman for the district.   

"Students are coming looking for degrees and certificates, not only to transfer to four-year schools but to get them out into the workforce right away and earn a salary and be able to try and navigate what is a very difficult economy."   

Williams also says when times are tough, two-year colleges attract adults looking to upgrade their job skills. 

Los Rios officials say they don’t have the money to expand facilities right now…which means more students in each classroom.

That’s why the district’s Board of Trustees has placed a $475 million bond measure on this November’s ballot to pay for new classroom construction.