ROCKVILLE — Jowel Laguerre implored Solano College Community to do everything in its power to reverse the plight of underrepresented students, fix the accreditation issue and help to grow the college district’s student population.
Laguerre, the district’s superintendent and president, spoke Friday about civics and what it means for students who attend Solano College during his annual state-of-the-school address.
“I say, let us not allow any Trayvon Martin profiling mentality to get int the way of civic consciousness,” Laguerre said.
Laguerre spoke of underachieving Hispanic and black students at the college.
“SCC has a large number of citizens whose educational achievement is meager,” he said. “It simply makes no sense. Our charge is to work to raise the educational status of underperforming students, who continually experience failure, racism, gender discrimination and other forms of exclusion.”
Laguerre instructed the assembled crowd of administrators, faculty members and classified staff that “no longer can we (Solano College) ignore their plight.”
Laguerre also addressed the loss of students at Solano College. During the 2012-13 fiscal year, the district budgeted for 8,500 full-time equivalent students. That is not a head count, but a computation of all students enrolled for the entire fiscal year.
Solano College only recorded 7,000 full-time equivalent students for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
“We receive $4,500 from the state for every FTES,” Laguerre said. “The loss of 1,500 FTES is around $6 million.”
The state gives community colleges three years to fix their enrollment issues before community colleges begin to see reduction in funding, he said.
Laguerre also spoke of fixing Solano College’s current accreditation issues and what type of ideal college he wished to see Solano College become.
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