By Jeffrey Simons
Nearly half a million community college students in California have been shut out of classes. Classes they need for their Associate Degree. Classes they need to move on to a 4-year college or university. Classes they need to get on with their lives.
It’s time to do something, and at StraighterLine, we think we can help.
Many of the 472,300 students affected can get the college courses they need, online, right now, for just $99 a month plus as little as a $49 per course registration fee.
We’re not alone in our efforts to support community college students in California. Together with our partner schools, we’ve helped hundreds of students from California continue their education and get their college degrees from the comfort of their own home, perhaps even more conveniently (and certainly more affordably) than if they’d taken those same classes at their local community college.
We may not be able to help the state solve their budget crisis that has caused them to slash $889 million from their community college budget over the last 3 years. We can’t help the community colleges, 79.5% of which predict that their students will be waitlisted for the courses they need. But we can help the students themselves. We can offer them more than hope: we can offer them real solutions that will get them closer to their college degrees.
With a crisis of this magnitude, we can’t do it alone. We need your help. We need you to spread the word to every student in California who is affected by this growing community college crisis.
Tell them about StraighterLine online college courses and our $99 per month subscription plan. Tell them about our credit-by-exams that let them earn real college credit by taking a test on subjects they already know. Tell them about our partner schools who stand ready and waiting to admit our students and help them get their degrees.
Because if we don’t all join together to resolve this crisis, those students will be left in limbo in California, waiting for classes that may never open, waiting for a future that continues to move further and further away with each passing day.
By the way, if you haven’t seen it already, check out these pages that have begun to spring up on Facebook about the crisis:
California Community Colleges Borrow Against Tomorrow
California Community Colleges in Deep Trouble, New Statistics Show
Is Your Community College in Crisis? Why Not Turn to Online Learning Instead?