The passage of Proposition 30 (Tax Increase for Education) on Tuesday in California's general election will restore an estimated $6.7 million in funding to the Pasadena City College budget to fund classes, resources, and college success programs for PCC students.
With more than 95 percent of precincts reporting, Proposition 30 passed by a decisive majority of 54 percent, illustrating that Californian's see the value in higher education and the mission of community colleges.
"The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees, PCC's administration, faculty, staff, and students all join me to express gratitude to the voters of California for their support of education and PCC," said PCC Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Rocha. "I thank everyone who joined the campaign and worked to the final moment. I especially want to thank Student Trustee Hanna Israel, PCC Associated Students President Simon Fraser and all the Associated Students for their hard work on this campaign that helped lead to this successful result."
PCC was forced to reduce more than 570 class sections this academic year due to the continued budget cuts from Sacramento.
"It will take some time to learn the details of this state funding, but today it is safe to say that the passage of Proposition 30 will enable us to plan to add classes to the spring semester that begins on January 7, 2013, and certainly to offer even more classes in the summer 2013 term," said Bob Miller, PCC assistant superintendent of Business and College Services.