Community College Enrollment Lowest in Twenty Years

At least 600,000 students have been shut out of California community colleges since the Great Recession hit, according to a new report by The Public Policy Institute of California. Researchers think this could have a ripple effect across the state.

Lead researcher Sarah Bohn says enrollment at the state's community colleges has dwindled to its lowest in two decades. She says when people don't have access to education, it's not only a loss for them, but it's troubling for the state's economy.

"If the goal is to maintain access and create the skilled workforce that the state needs," Bohn says,"we need to really think about how to restore funding."

She says the state's community colleges have lost more than a billion and a half dollars in the past few years. They'll get some funding back next year since voters passed Proposition 30. But Bohn fears it will be a while before enrollment returns to pre-recession levels.

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