Community college class wait lists throw a wrench into students' plans

10.4.10 – Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times Enrollment in California's colleges has surged, but budget cuts leave many students unable to get the courses they need, meaning it'll take them longer to earn a degree and join the workforce.

Kiyan Noyes-Aponte landed on the wait list for every class he wanted at Orange Coast College. The 18-year-old graduate of Mission Viejo High School pleaded with professors for a spot, diligently attended lectures and sat on floors in overcrowded classrooms hoping other students would drop out.

Despite his efforts, he managed to enroll in only two classes at the Costa Mesa campus, enough for part-time status. And he was luckier than many.

Students registering at California community colleges this fall are facing unprecedented hurdles, as campuses have slashed classes in response to budget cuts. At the same time, enrollment has surged, fueled by the largest high school graduating class in the state’s history, older workers returning to school for job training and more students being unable to get into the state’s four-year universities.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-college-classes-20101004,0,3971284.story

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October 4th, 2010

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