The community college system in California is one of the biggest in the U.S., according to KPCC News. Serving more than 2.6 million students at 112 campuses, demand for access to community college courses is increasing across the state.
Many of the California Community Colleges system's member campuses have seen rising volumes of college applications from students looking to save money on tuition, as well as military veterans returning from active duty overseas.
To address the growing demand at community colleges throughout the state, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed legislation intended to increase funding for public education by $400 million.
"Clearly our budget looks a lot better with the revenue package than without it," Dan Troy, vice chancellor for fiscal policy at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, told the radio station. "So we’re definitely going to be on pins and needles hoping that it passes."
According to the University of California's student newspaper, the Daily Bruin, the school could see ongoing increases to its budget of $90 million under Governor Brown's proposals. Voters are expected to decide on the measures later this year.
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