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October 4, 2012 |  6:30 am

Thousands of students in California's community college system are struggling to find enough classes to transfer to a four-year university or earn a degree.

Instead of a full-time load of 12 units, some students are taking three units or fewer. Frustrated students linger on waiting lists or crash packed classes, hoping professors will add them later. They see their chances of graduating or transferring diminishing.

It's a product of years of severe budget cuts and heavy demand in the two-year college system. The same situation has affected the Cal State and UC systems, but the effect has been most deeply felt in the 2.4-million-student community college system — the nation's largest.

Times staff writer Stephen Ceasar will be here at 9 a.m. to talk about what's going on in the state community college system.