City College of San Francisco is canceling most classes in its upcoming summer session to offset a $12 million budget shortfall, a school spokeswoman said.
School officials notified students this week that, except for state-mandated vocational programs, no summer classes will be offered due to severe state budget cuts.
"This has been heart wrenching for us because it's something that we're forced to do simply because of economics," school spokeswoman Martha Lucey said. "If you're $12 million in the hole, you have to protect the future."
Lucey said the decision will ensure that no classes are cut for the fall term, when the school typically receives large numbers of incoming freshmen from area high schools.
She said students have been angry about the decision, but "understand that this is coming from Sacramento."
School officials will support a March 4 statewide rally planned against cuts to education, Lucey said. On March 22, City College students will also be traveling on buses to Sacramento to "bring the message to the governor and the legislators," she said.
Some of the vocational programs that will still be offered over the summer include health care technology, diagnostic medical imaging, and radiology. Other classes covered by outside grants may also be available, according to Lucey.
City College is also still offering College for Teens, a fee-based program that allows San Francisco Unified High School students to get credits for taking courses in the program during the summer, Lucey said.
The program could be useful to high school students in the city that might also have summer school classes cut due to SFUSD's own large budget shortfall, she said.