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925 13th Avenue
Hanford, CA  93230

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January 31, 2011

Tiger Moms and Budgets

Kristin M. Hollabaugh, Ph.D.

Provost, COS Hanford Educational Center


In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about Governor Brown's budget proposal and Tiger Moms.  I'm not sure what comes as a bigger shock for many.  In some strange way, maybe there is a little bit of similarity.  From my chair, I have to say that I'm in just as much of a "state of shock" about how hard the budget proposals are on California Community Colleges as my 'tween son was when I gave him the Wall Street Journal article on Tiger Moms and told him to read it--with the hope that he may see that he does not, in fact, have the "meanest mom in the world." 


Proposed budget cuts are devastating to California Community Colleges and the students that we serve.  System wide, the cuts translate into approximately 400,000 students losing access to classes.  Our system is the most cost-effective system of education in California.   The cost of full-time community college student (slightly more than $5,000/year) is less than a student in the K-12 system ($7,500) or the UC or CSU (20,000 and $11,000 respectively)  system. 


In a recent Public Policy of California poll, we are reminded that Californians overestimate what the State government pays for prisons.  In fact, prisons are not the largest state expenditure, but fourth behind K-12 schools, health and human services, and higher education.   


I've had many students and community members ask, "How will this affect the Hanford Center?"  It will affect our students the same.  Students might not be able to get all the classes they want when they want them.  They might be limited in getting a full schedule.  Right now, the Board of Trustees is working on the best solutions for the District--and our students. Tough decisions. 


No matter on which side of the fence you find yourself for either subject, sometimes it's those wake-up calls that help us all put things into perspective.  Sometimes the tough questions are times when we dig deep and find the right answers.  Those quiet moments of sitting and saying, "How am I going to pull this one out" is the time when we find our best solutions.  Certainly, in many households in the days to come, discussions about Tiger Moms and recent budget proposals for the system will provide many opportunities for figuring out how those in our households will have opportunities.  I hope that, in the end, we all remember extremes provide an opportunity for balance--and good solutions.


Support COS Hanford "In the Race!"



In the midst of discouraging news, we at COS Hanford can sit back worry and fret....or do something to help the community! 


We have "adopted" a horse on the 1939 Allan Herschell Carousel located in Hanford's Courthouse Park.  The carousel, which was once located at Mooney Grove in Visalia, has over 12,000 riders a year, and those horses are tired!  Wouldn't you be if you had that many people riding YOU every year?  


Please join COS Hanford in showing some "Giant" spirit by giving to this great cause.  Donations can be sent to:


COS Hanford Foundation - Carousel Project. 

(925 13th Avenue, Hanford, CA  93230)  


All gifts are tax deductible! 


For more information about the project, please see The Sentinel article!  Help COS Hanford "make a run for it!"

Kings County Animal Services Pet Adoption Center and COS Hanford Present

Show your love during February!

Donations Needed:
  • Lysol/Clorox Sani-Hand Wipes
  • Collars and Leashes
  • ECOS Laundry Detergent
  • KMR Formula for Kittens
  • Nutro Max Puppy Food
  • 33-Gallon Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Gift Cards (Target, Walmart, Petsmart)
  • Pedigree Dog Food
  • Arm & Hammer Scoopable Kitty Litter
COS Students Are Involved in Our Community This Semester!

January - February:  "In the Race"  (Carousel Project) 

February: "Puppy (and Kitty) Love"

(Project to support  Kings County Animal Services Pet Adoption Center)

March:  "Oh the Places You'll Go!" Dr. Seuss Campaign  

April: "We're Part of the Community" Open House 

May: COS Commencement Ceremonies

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