Our View: Sierra College deserves state funding | SierraSun.com

Our View: Sierra College deserves state funding

Truckee’s community college students at Sierra College began classes this week without the opportunity to take graphics courses or use additional terminals for its online classes, thanks to Gov. Gray Davis’ short-sighted budget cut.

After taking $126 million from the community college budget, Davis is learning what a majority of Californians already knew – community colleges are just as important as universities.

The community college system provides training for people wanting to change their career. They provide a cheaper alternative to completing the general education requirements of four-year schools. They provide important services like teaching English to immigrants. And they are more attended than state colleges or universities.

In Truckee, losing the additional computers was a blow to a program that is already suffering from a limited schedule and limited facility.

Davis is learning a hard lesson about popularity. The reaction to the community college budget cut has reached across party lines and a bipartisan effort threatens Davis with the first two-thirds vote to overturn a veto in recent history.

In this recession, what California needs is more opportunity for the community to educate itself for a constantly changing job market, not less.

Hopefully, Davis has learned his lesson and community colleges will begin to get the respect, and funding, they deserve.

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