News Briefs: Budget cuts cause college to seek community handouts

Cuts at the state level have made Las Positas resort to a more direct approach for funds. A new program, known as Foundation 55, is designed to raise funding for classes that were cut over the past four years. Foundation 55 does this by seeking private benefactors in the community to sponsor classes at $5,500 each. Students registering for the fall semester could find themselves in one of six courses in English, Speech and Mathematics being added to the school’s schedule thanks to funding made available by Foundation 55. The donor’s names will not be attached to each class and students will not know if a class is supported by Foundation 55 funds.

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