By Daniel Lopez
CCC Journalism Program
CAMDEN – Students have considered parking at Camden County College’s Camden campus a nightmare for a long time.
Students are faced with the difficult task of finding a parking spot daily, an endeavor that’s especially rough when they start class later in the day. By 8 a.m., the spots are filled and students drive around and around looking for a space. If they can’t find one, they must decide if they want to pay for all-day parking or keep looking for an open spot with a meter. They must pay at a meter, pay for an all-day parking spot or pay at the beginning of the semester for a decal to park in the garage.
“Parking is ridiculous at the campus and it is unfair that students who do not have much money constantly have to pay for parking,” said Abi Rodriguez, a student that attended the CCC Camden campus last semester. As to why didn’t pay for a decal for the garage, he stated, “I already pay for my classes and books and now I have to pay for parking, too.”
The parking garage was built to help students find parking but some students just see it as another way for the school to make money off of them. Since the garage opened in 2004, hundreds of students have used it, but some students are not very fond of the garage.
“The garage was pretty helpful but I prefer not to pay $278 for parking,” said Alexis Martinez, a former CCC student.
The CCC parking garage rates are determined by a student’s schedule and range from $278 to $3.25 but CCC does offer some reduced rates for students.