Students in the program have been advocating for it since the cuts were proposed in the fall.
Board goes through with most cuts at 3 community colleges in county
The programs on the hit list were recommended by college presidents, using a range of guidelines. Many of them have low graduation rates, don't offer classes that lead to degrees or can be found somewhere else. The multimedia program at Ventura, for example, hasn't awarded any degrees or certificates in the past three years.
After the vote, Juan Smith, also a student in the program, said the process worked.
wants and needs than we have money to support them."
The Rev. Jim Gilmer, standing with a group of people, cited the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., asking the board to consider social and educational inequity when it considers making the cuts.
In some cases, the colleges will continue to offer core classes within the programs being cut. The architecture department at Ventura will still offer four classes. And some agriculture classes at Ventura College are being moved to environmental science.
"Unfortunately, this is not the beginning or end of this process," said Stephen Blum, chairman of the board. "And it doesn't look like it's Polo Ralph Lauren Shirts going to end tonight. Personally, I'd like to keep all these programs and more. But we have more Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts Uk Cheap
The board met in Ventura High School's auditorium, rather than at district headquarters, so it would have enough room to accommodate everyone who wanted to speak. About 120 people attended.
The board voted to keep the film and television program at Oxnard after Trustee Art Hernandez proposed giving it another Ralph Lauren Bags Women
Bruce Borin, a former architecture student at Ventura College, questioned why the board was cutting programs at all.
"It's more than I could have hoped for the chance to show the program is worth investing in," Smith said.
"The program is worthy of being given an opportunity," Hernandez said.
"Allow the bank of opportunity we believe exists here in Oxnard," Gilmer said. "Let our people experience social equity in Oxnard."
However, the Ventura County Community College District board, which oversees the three colleges, voted to keep the film and television program at Oxnard College for one year.
"There's going to be a whole crop of students who won't be here if you cut these programs, who won't have a chance to figure out things out the way I have," said Johnathan Portillo, Polo Ralph Lauren Usa Vest
Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges will cut programs ranging from interior design to computer information systems, trying to be more efficient and save money.
Presidents of the colleges' academic senates also opposed some of the cuts. Moorpark College's senate opposed cutting interior design. Ventura College's senate opposed cutting architecture and real estate. And Oxnard College's senate opposed all the proposed cuts, saying they were more about saving money than the quality of the programs.
"You're eliminating what I thought was the real mandate of community college. You provide an opportunity for good jobs," Borin said. "I'm at a loss to understand why you're cutting these things."
a student in the program.
But speakers argued that eliminating programs eliminates opportunities for students, particularly minority students.
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