April 26, 2002

“Three Heads Of San Diego County Community Colleges Speak Out Against Impact Of CalWORKs Cuts!”

Chancellors Augie Gallego of the San Diego Community College District, Dr. Omero Suarez, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Dr. Tim Dong, President of the MiraCosta Community College District, spoke out about the Governor’s proposed cuts to CalWORKs and the impact they will have on those working their way out of poverty.

Speaking from the steps of the County Admin Building, Wednesday, the community college heads, Joni Halpern and members of the Supportive Parents Information Network (SPIN) provided testimony about how the impact will affect CalWORKs participants and the lives of children.

The Governor’s proposal to cut the community college CalWORKs programs by 90% will be devastating to CalWORKs students. Community college CalWORKs programs have been tremendously successful in moving students from poverty to economic independence and self-sufficiency. Education results in more than just a job, it develops careers. In San Diego county self-sufficiency can be translated into a wage of $18.66 per hour to meet the needs of a family of three. According to county officials, unskilled and uneducated people have few opportunities to earn more than $7.02 an hour! Maintaining funding for community college CalWORKs programs is critical.

This April 24th event set the stage for the Community College Day at the State Capitol sponsored by the Community College Chancellor’s Office, in Sacramento on April 30th, at 11 am. Community College faculty, staff and students throughout the state will converge on the state capitol to meet with state legislators to speak out against, not only the proposed CalWORKs funding cuts, but also the proposed cuts to: matriculation, economic development, staff development and technology and other critical programs.

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