YAKIMA--Many people choose community colleges because of financial limitations, but proposed state budget cuts will hit those students just as hard as ones at four-year universities.
The proposals inspired Yakima Valley Community College students to march around campus and speak their mind at YVCC's clock tower.
A lot of these students don't get help from their parents. Plenty have to support children while going to school.
Students want lawmakers to see they're not numbers, but people: a foster child with no support from parents, a single mother of two taking classes thanks to the GI Bill, and dozens more.
"We want to show them who it's going to affect," Curtis Strom, a freshmen who hopes to eventually go to med school, said. "They have to look at us in the eyes and see that they're taking money from those who need it most."
One recurring message from Strom and other students: cutting education will hurt not only the state but the country in the long run, because fewer and fewer people will be qualified for skilled jobs.