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Students 'hope and pray' they get their classes as community colleges cut

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Students fill the Distance Education Conference Room to hear advice from representatives of El Camino College's transfer programs. Slashed course sections because of budget cuts have made it harder for students to get classes they need to transfer out.

Robert Dewitz, 22, is a fourth year student at El Camino College, a two-year public community college in Torrance.

He planned to transfer into a Cal State University school for fall 2011, but couldn't get into a physics course that would have given him his final credit. Then, after an application error and a missed deadline, he lost his chance to transfer out this fall.

In March, CSU officials announced plans to freeze the majority of spring 2013 enrollment. And so it goes.

"This is supposed to be a two-year college, Dewitz said, "and unfortunately it’s difficult for students to get out in three or four years sometimes, because they can’t get the courses they need."

This is the reality at many community colleges across the state. As budgets have been slashed and course sections cut, fewer students are able to get into classes they need to transfer out. And students have had to put off their education plans.