Contra Costa Community Colleges Reap Rewards Of Prop. 30 Money

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CONTRA COSTA CO. (KCBS)— East Bay community colleges are beginning to reap the benefits of the passage of Proposition 30 last November. The tax initiative is helping to make more classes available to students; something they haven’t seen available in a long time.

Contra Costa Community College District Spokesman Tim Leong spoke about the positive changes and how the proposition helped fund higher education.

“All three of our colleges; Contra Costa College, Los Medanos College, and Diablo Valley College are all increasing course offerings for the fall. This is consistent with what we try to do over the summer,” he said adding that his district went through some lean years.

“We now can stem the four years of budget reductions; finally having some stability and adding back some of the classes that we’ve been taking away over these past few years,” he said.

The largest community college of the three here in Contra Costa, Diablo Valley College, is adding more than 100 classes for the fall.

Leong advised students should do a little research ahead of time to increase their chances of getting the classes they want.

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