I had to drag this thread back up. If only to present a bright side.
I started classes again. The place I'm taking classes has been teaching them for 50 years. of the 25 class currently offered in clay, I believe most are full. (current online list is inaccurate). My instructor has a collage education. He has work in clay for 40 years. Selling and teaching are his only source of income. His adult advance throwing/hand building classes are always full.
Several of the students in my own class have participated in shows in the past year. When I look around the room at class I see people who have enough dedication to make big changes in their lives in order to make clay a part of it. Growing up I was always told that you could never support yourself with art. So I became a nurse. Now I'm back at art again. No matter what happens with the colleges, there will always be people who will do what ever it takes to learn the craft of their choice. With the internet these people will find each other.