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COC expands summer class offerings

Posted: April 17, 2013 4:40 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2013 4:40 p.m.

For the second straight year, College of the Canyons plans to dramatically expand its course offerings for the summer session, an official said Wednesday.

This year’s summer session will include about 600 classes, a 25 percent increase over 2012, according to Barry Gribbons, the college’s vice president of institutional development, technology and online services.

The increased course offerings open up about 20,000 seats for students this summer, Gribbons said.

During the recent recession, COC had to reduce its summer programming due to budget cuts.

But the passage of the Proposition 30 tax increases in November is expected to inject new funding into the college, allowing for more classes, Gribbons said.

“We’re thrilled that with the passage of Prop. 30 we’re able to restore the number of sections and even grow them to meet the needs of the community,” Gribbons said Wednesday.

This is the second straight year COC has been able to expand its summer catalog. The college had 295 classes in 2011 before jumping up to 479 in 2012, Gribbons said.

That increase was largely because the college shifted course offerings from other sessions to bolster the summer catalog, Gribbons said.

Gribbons said Proposition 30 funds should allow the college to expand its course offerings across all sessions.
“It’s always difficult to predict how the Legislature is going to allocate the funds,” Gribbons said. “But they’ve indicated that funding additional enrollment is a high priority.”

The college’s summer session begins June 3.

Summer enrollment fees are set at $46 per unit. Most summer courses are three units, Gribbons said.
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