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College of the Canyons Adjuncts Identify & Protest Pay Gap

by Tammy Marashlian

Despite getting a 2-percent raise this year, College of the Canyons’ part-time faculty is paid less than adjunct faculty at many regional community colleges and is below the state average, state data shows.

College of the Canyons has about 430 adjunct faculty who teach the majority of classes at the Santa Clarita Valley’s only community college.

COC administrators say they are working with the part-time faculty to increase their pay in the coming years.
For fall 2010, the average hourly rate for adjunct faculty at COC was $57.42, according to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

The state average for 2010 was $66.54, the figures show.

Within Southern California, Antelope Valley pays an average rate of $72.64, while Ventura pays an average of $76.32, the chancellor’s office study shows.

Many community colleges pay part-time faculty an average rate that is in the $50s and $60s.

Pete Virgadamo, president of Part-Time Faculty United-AFT Local 6262 at COC, said the association this year organized a study of part-time pay for Southern California community colleges.

Virgadamo, who has taught at COC for 21 years, said the association grew concerned that administrators are paid above average, which stretches the college budget.

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