Students, faculty and administrators from colleges around the Bay Area plan to be in Sacramento today to participate in a large-scale rally to support community colleges and higher education.
Coming from across California, the students are expected to descend upon the capital city for the "March in March" event. About 2,500 students, faculty, staff and administrators from City College of San Francisco, and hundreds of students from Evergreen Valley College and San Jose City College will be making the trip to Sacramento, officials from the schools said.
City College of San Francisco has organized 47 buses, each holding 50 persons, to depart from eight of the college's campuses across the city, according to the school.
Monica Gomez, spokeswoman for San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, said state university systems will be participating, but the focus will be on limiting budget cuts to the state's community colleges.
Organizers have scheduled a rally in West Sacramento's Raley Field before students march more than a mile across the American River to the Capitol Building.
In addition to rallying and marching, Gomez said students from Evergreen Valley and San Jose City colleges will meet with elected officials, including Assembly members and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi. According to Gomez, students will ask legislators to avoid raising fees and tuition. They will also urge passage of the California DREAM Act, which would help undocumented immigrants seek educational and student financial aid benefits.
Gomez said only students will attend meetings with lawmakers, but the chancellor, the two college presidents, administrators, deans, vice presidents and other college officials will also be in Sacramento.
"They're going to take a step back and make sure the focus is on the students," she said.