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COC adds winter session to course lineup

Officials say passage of Prop 30 makes move possible

Posted: November 9, 2012 2:57 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2012 2:56 p.m.

Thanks largely to voters’ passage of Proposition 30, College of the Canyons administrators have decided to offer a winter session starting in January, a spokesman announced today.

College administrators had decided not to offer winter classes due to looming “trigger cuts” to community college budgets if Prop 30 didn’t pass, spokesman Bruce Battle said.

Those anticipated cuts would have meant about a $4.6 million hit to the Santa Clarita Valley community college’s budget, Battle said.

But passage of the measure Tuesday — which boosts income tax for those making more than $250,000 a year and sales tax for everyone — adds $210 million to the 2012-13 academic year for the statewide system.

Battle said the winter session will begin Jan. 2 and offer a schedule of mostly “core” classes required to advance. About 25 percent will be online classes, he said.

The session will run through Feb. 2, and the spring semester begins Feb. 4.

Jasmine Ruys, director of admissions for the school, credited wise planning as well as the voters’ approval of Proposition 30 for the chance to offer winter classes.

“The ability to offer students a 2013 winter session would not have been possible without the foresight of the Board of Trustees and college administration team to plan for all possible budget scenarios while keeping the best interests of students in mind,” she said.




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