Photo By Caleb Ellis / Viking - Student trustee Andrea Donado spreads the word about the vote on assembly bill AB 955 which would increases tuition for winter and summer intersessions at all community colleges in California.
Photo By Caleb Ellis / Viking – Student trustee Andrea Donado spreads the word about the vote on assembly bill AB 955 which would increases tuition for winter and summer intersessions at all community colleges in California.

By Leonard Kelley / Staff Writer

LBCC students took to the streets against Assembly Bill 955, to protest against the bill passing the state Senate Appropriations Committee and heading to the Senate floor. Protester gathered on the corner of Clark Avenue and Carson Street on Tuesday, Sept. 3. AB 955 would allow Community Colleges to raise their out-of-state fees from $46 per unit to more than $200 per unit for Summer and Winter intersessions.  Janet Hund, a sociology teacher, said, “Our faculty stands against AB 955 with our students.”

Members of the Civic Engagement Club encouraged students and Long Beach residents to “come out and help us stand strong. Let your voice be heard and fight against this bill to the end.” President of LBCC, Eloy Oakley helped put together this bill for the purpose to move the students along faster who are close to graduating . In an interview with the Press Telegram, President Oakley explains, “We want to ensure that students who want to come to LBCC and have the means to pay are able to access the classes they need to finish their educational goals.” Jessica Bracho, 24, a sociology major, said, “It is imperative that all students are fairly and equally protected. We, the Civic Engagement Club, are against AB 955 because it places an unfair burden on students of color, single-parent families and students receiving Financial Aid.

We are interested in the collective good.” As of now, no date has been established for when the Senate Education Committee will vote on the Assembly Bill.