Frustrated students and faculty plan to rally at Vancouver Community College today over government cuts to their ESL program.
Karen Shortt, president of the college’s faculty association, says ESL classes at VCC are packed and have a waiting list of 500.
She says the cuts would mean they’d be running at 44 per cent of last year’s budget and that’s not good for immigrants.
“We’re going to have to cut classes, turn students away, and it’s going to be devastating for these people. It’s a no win. If they can’t get English, they can’t get on with their life.”
The rally begins at noon today.