By Tilynn King
The ground of PCC and LAC are filled with a diverse group of students.
In the 2015 academic year, of 31,164 students, 54.6% are female, 26.25% are under age 20, 25.85% are ages 20-24 while 14% of the student population take the majority of their courses at PCC and 17% take their courses at PCC and LAC.
Casey Price, 22, a business major, said, “I feel age diversity is a very positive thing in college. Older classmates at times give different points of views on subjects that younger students might not be able to reflect on due to lack of experience. I think older students are more social.”
According to the student metric scorecard, the statistics states on average, 56.7% of students between the ages of 25-39 complete 30 units or more.
While older students can capitalize on life experiences, Katherine McMurray, an English professor at the LAC, said, “Older students tend to be more confident and assertive on average, but not all older students are necessarily more vocal during class discussions, I find that older students understand that their younger classmates add much valuable perspective to class discussions.”
The increase of diversity in the school system can be seen as an opportunity to expand the diversity in the working community.
At a White House conference in 2014 President Barack Obama said, “More than ever, a college degree is the surest path to a stable, middle-class life.”
Since then programs such as The America’s college promise initiative has helped thousands of students fund their academic endeavors.
The National Centers for Education reported, 20.2 million students were expected to attend American colleges and universities, “constituting an increase of about 4.9 million since fall 2000.”
CalWORKs, EOPS, and the International Student program are offered at LBCC on both PCC and PAC to aid students through the academic year along with financial aid which is available to students who qualify.