I am a disabled firefighter trying to re-educate myself back into the work force. Unfortunately I am also one of three older students that were physically battered and verbally assaulted over the length of the Spring 09 semester and I can attest that the problems are far deeper than the issues stated in the article.
The administration has turned a blind eye to the abusive behavior of a few students and the negligent behavior of several faculty in the HRC Culinary program. Assaulted students were led to believe that irrelevant "hearings" would handle the issues but the follow up hearings never came and some of the hearings weren't relevant to the issues at hand. CR simply drug the situation out until the semester was over. Any actions the college even feigned taking were only prompted after I went to the Arcata PD and asked for patrols of the HRC kitchen lab in Arcata. (There was no security at the time.) The lack of action by the school forced us to contact the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and report the situation.
Two of us have decided that we can't go on in the hostile learning environment that CR encourages and have enrolled in other programs at a great personal/financial cost.
This wasn't always the case. My first year at CR (Fall 07/Spring 08) was professional and productive.
There were two big changes after the previously mentioned semester; Marsee came to CR and changed the focus of staff and a new coordinator for the HRC program.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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