Mesa College Students Take Stand Against Governor Schwarzenegger’s Proposed Budget Cuts

The Associated Students Government (ASG) of San Diego Mesa College took action on Monday, November 17 to officially oppose the highly controversial mid-year budget cuts proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger. The ASG represents nearly 22,000 students who attend Mesa College, one of the largest colleges in California and the nation, and the largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District.

The ASG is leading an awareness campaign to inform students of the ramification of the budget cuts and to ask students to join in a student-led, statewide letter writing campaign communicating their opposition to the Governor and their elected officials.

Sebastian Law, the president of the Mesa College ASG said, “The typical community college student – and certainly Mesa students – is not what most people would think of as the ‘average college student.’ Most of us work and go to school part time, many while supporting a family.  We’re here to gain career and professionals skills. We’re the answer to California’s economic crisis.”

Renee Schaaf, secretary of the ASG, added, “I know a few people who could not afford Mesa if they had to pay $26 per unit. I would hate to see $6 set me apart in opportunity from someone who has just as much potential as me.”

To reach fellow students, the Mesa student government organization is conducting a letter writing campaign, hosting on-campus information tables, and providing links and information at the ASG office in H-600.

Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited two-year college offering 158 associate degree and certificate programs. The largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District, Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution. The college also serves as an important economic catalyst for the region. Its career programs include allied health fields, biopharmaceutical, multimedia, animal health technology, American Sign Language, hospitality, fashion, architecture, interior design and more. Situated on a sprawling, suburban 104-acre campus in Kearny Mesa, the college’s small classes, outstanding faculty, and reputation for quality offer an unparalleled academic experience.