Imperial Valley College administrators are working to lessen the impact to more than 180 students who would be affected by statewide cuts in the California Community College's CalWORKs program.
Gov. Gray Davis has proposed to virtually eliminate the college program, reducing it from a $65 million program to $7 million. The remaining funds would be designated for childcare.
"His proposal would devastate our CalWORKs effort," said IVC President Gilbert Dominguez.
The CalWORKs program locally serves students with intake and assessment, academic counseling, work-study assignments, childcare, job counseling and placement assistance as well as short-term course offerings.
The proposed Davis budget would slash IVC's $612,449 program by 89 percent, leaving only $70,000 for childcare.
"This is still another hit on our community college system," Dominguez said, pointing out that state financing for community colleges has traditionally been a low priority in Sacramento. He urged Valley residents to contact their legislators and the governor's office.