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College of the Sequoias would lose more than 1,000 students if budget proposal approved

 
Visalia-Times Delta
 
More than 1,100 College of the Sequoias students won't be able to enroll next semester if a state budget analyst's proposal is successful.

The Legislative Analyst's Office, in its "Prioritizing Enrollment at Community Colleges" report, proposes several changes, including capping the number of units students are allowed to take at a community college.

The LAO is the nonpartisan budget analyst for the state Legislature.

Bill Scroggins, College of the Sequoias president, said many of the students with a high number of units are returning to college for training in "employable occupations," such as business and nursing. Topping the list of subjects with students who have more than 85 units is nursing, with 242 students.

"There's a presumption that somebody who has 85 or more units should have transferred to a [California State University] already," Scroggins said. "People with this many units aren't pursuing trivial goals. They are training for jobs that are employable."

While Scroggins agrees with portions of this proposal, he said there needs to be an allowance for people who need to be re-trained.
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