A large number of students who went back to school during the recession have yet to complete their coursework.  

Less than half have finished the classes to get a new degree at five community colleges in the area.  

Only Sac City College saw more than half, 51.6 percent to be exact, finish their coursework.  

Scott Lay, President of the Community College League of California, told the Sacramento Bee many of the students who enrolled did so to wait out the recession. 

As soon as the job market picked up, students abandon their schoolwork and returned to the workforce.  

The upside to this: Overcrowding at community colleges is now down and class availability is returning to pre-recession levels.  

But Sierra College's president says the biggest reason students enroll and don't finish -- not being prepared.