VP Berates State Leaders for Lack of Support for College Students

A state legislature whose partisan bickering over the budget has adversely affected the colleges services to students was berated by Steve White, vice president of instructional services, at the Aug. 18 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

White was particularly critical of the “lack of support for low-income students” at the state level as evidence by cuts in grants that will hit community college students especially hard.

Board member Victor I. King said that there were some legislators, like State Sen. Jack Scott, D-Glendale, who fought for community college students, holding back the proposed tuition increases from $14 to $7 per unit. The new rate will be $18 per unit.

Despite a reduction of nearly 500 classes since fall of 2002, this semester has seen an increase of 4.4 percent in student enrollment.
The increase means classes are more crowded and parking will continue to be a problem until the new lots are constructed.

The parking structure planned above the cafeteria will eventually provide 1,160 new spaces, an increase over the original plan for 890 spaces. Construction should start later this year.

A grant of about $180,000 from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services will allow the district to provide tutoring, mentoring and alleviate the shortage of nurses in the state.

The new Cimmarusti Science Building is completed and will be dedicated in a 75th Anniversary Celebration Sept. 28, an event that will also feature a tribute to President John Davitt, who was instrumental in spearheading the project.

A plan to add classrooms and office space to the Los Robles Building was shelved when bids came in over budget.

The Associated Students of Glendale College announced a memorial celebration at noon Sept. 11, at which time a remembrance plaque will be unveiled.