The California Crash at One Community College




Putnam, Diane

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California community colleges were especially hard hit by higher education funding cuts. Diane Putnam explains that those cuts are profoundly affecting the Cabrillo College Writing Center, its students, and its tutors. A year ago, the Writing Center at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California was at the top of its game. Located on the Central Coast near Santa Cruz, Cabrillo was enjoying steady growth in terms of both students and facilities, especially at our Watsonville Center just a few miles to the south. The Writing Center, in existence since the early 1980s, prepared to greet a new school year with a staff of 25 contract and hourly tutors ready to skillfully render small group and individualized assistance for writers across all sectors of the Cabrillo student population.

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