CCAC fitness cuts

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In Community College of Allegheny County’s catalog for community education, there are dozens of noncredit fitness classes at the Boyce, South and North campuses as well as at Seton-LaSalle and Canon-McMillan high schools. Even Rogers and McKnight elementary schools have offerings. Oddly enough, the main campus on the North Side has none.

The Community Education program has decided to end all fitness classes at the main campus without any input from the community it purports to serve. For the past four years I have benefited immensely from the courses taught by my immensely gifted and giving teacher. Regrettably, Community Education has decided that the main campus doesn’t need to offer classes that benefit local denizens’ health — cavalierly gutting all fitness classes and firing our phenomenal instructor.

My fellow students have tried to petition the board of trustees to prevent this unwarranted and unjust decision. The board’s chairperson dismissively informed me that the board was unwilling to meet with us.

Apparently providing the same level of customer service to city residents is not a priority of Community Education and the board of trustees. Do we not pay taxes on our homes that help pay for the salary of their staff? The main campus is the only one that is truly accessible by bus, enabling at least one of our students to attend. Are those without cars not entitled to access to fitness just like suburbanites? I have extremely poor eyesight and do not feel comfortable driving at night. Again, are not urban consumers with physical challenges entitled to fitness classes like their suburban peers? How unfortunate that Community Education has rendered itself a laughable oxymoron!

MARK KIRBY
Brighton Heights


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