All types of colleges face student hunger, housing issues
It doesn’t matter whether a college is in a city or rural area, in a wealthy section of town or in a poor part, they all serve students who are facing food and housing insecurities. Just ask Kathryn Jeffery. She has served as a leader at several community colleges in California over her career, and at each one she has had experiences with students who struggle to find a meal or a home.
During a panel on Wednesday that opened the American Association of Community Colleges‘ (AACC) Fall Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, Jeffery recalled that when she was a vice president of rural Columbia College, she learned of a student who slept in a hammock at night on the school grounds because his commute home was too long to travel back and forth each day. She allowed him to sleep in his car and to use the college’s restrooms at night until the school could find better arrangements for him.