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Las Positas College is looking toward donors to help restore essential course sections.
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With state funding in dire straits, Las Positas College (LPC) in California is looking more toward private donations—specifically, sponsorships of courses.
Last week, LPC announced its new fund-raising program Foundation 55, which aims to seek donations to help restore class sections eliminated because of severe state funding cuts.
“For just $5,500, supporters can invest in the future of as many as 40 Las Positas College students for an entire semester,” LPC said in a news release.
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College officials noted that cutbacks to essential classes are already having significant effects on students getting the courses they need to attain a credential or to transfer to a baccalaureate institution. LPC has had to cut about 150 course sections over the last three years. As a result, the overall student headcount has dropped from approximately 10,000 three years ago to 8,500 today.
The foundation board of directors and college faculty have agreed to work to restore 10-15 sections per semester, according to Ted Kaye, executive director of the LPC Foundation.
Kickstarting the campaignAs part of the Foundation 55 Program announcement, the foundation has committed $16,500 to fund three class sections. Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty will underwrite restoration of two class sections for $11,000. Other support has come from renting college facilities to outside users.
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