By Briana Robinson
CCC Journalism Program
CAMDEN – Students disagree over whether the Camden County College Camden City campus has an adequate amount of parking.
“It just isn’t fair,” states Carolina Cardoza, a nursing major on the Camden City campus, in mid-October. “I shouldn’t have to park so far away from school every time I come here.”
Some students who attend the Camden City campus are concerned there isn’t enough parking for them.
“For a person like me who has later morning and afternoon classes, it is a struggle to get a parking spot. I never really worried about it when I caught the bus to school but now that I am driving it has become an issue for me,” states Matthew Fussell, a liberal arts major at CCC.
Although the Camden Technology Center building, which was built in 2005, does have a multistory public parking garage attached to it, some students still say they feel it isn’t enough space.
“It would be a difference if the garage was for students only but it’s not. We have to share the little bit of space that we have with the public and I do not feel that that is right,” says Jamie Butler, a political science major at CCC. “City Hall and Hall of Justice workers already have a parking lot of their own so why come and invade ours?”
While some students share the frustration over parking, others do not see anything wrong with the school’s parking situation.
“If students do not want to park on the street, then don’t – it’s as simple as that,” says Dianna Miller, a nursing major at CCC. “I’ve never had a problem with parking because I’ve always parked in the lot, which I have never seen at full capacity.”
Director of Public Safety Steve Hetherington agrees that parking is not a problem at the campus.
“In an ideal world, there would be plenty of parking for everyone and it would be free but that is just not the case when you’re located in the city. People, students and anyone really want convenient and free parking, which we cannot give them, but I do think our current parking situation is suitable,” states Hetherington.