State community colleges see rise in enrollment

September 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
For the first time in years the state community college system is seeing a rise in enrollment.

Reedley College students met with reps from four-year universities on Thursday. And students say they are ready to take the next big step and transfer.

Getting the classes students need to complete their AA degree has been a challenge, because of years of cutbacks. But new state funds are helping restore courses.

"Starting off at community college it was really hard to get my classes but through the passing of Prop 30 and through college counsel and moving things around students were able to get classes faster," Viviana Acevedo, a Reedley College student said.

Through Prop 30 community colleges will receive $810 million through the fiscal year. The money will help add courses for students either shut out or stuck on waiting lists.

"It does feel like there's a lot more classes available now. There really trying hard to accommodate everybody in their majors," Christopher Anaya, a Reedley College student said.

A new survey showed 90 percent of community college campuses reported an increase in enrollment during the fall semester.

"We're looking at 2.5 percent growth in enrollment," Fresno City College President Tony Cantu said.

Cantu welcomes the change, after years of reduced course offerings.

"We've been in such a downward trend that you have the opportunity to add more classes and serve more students it's actually pretty good so we're pretty excited about that," Cantu said.

Fresno City expects to add 300 courses this year, including some with larger class sizes to accommodate the expected rise in enrollment.


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