College sees dip in enrollments


Gregory Horsey Jr./TM

Enrollment dips for the first time in five years

marquisha hames

In California, community colleges are the largest and highest educational systems in the US. In the University of San Diego, they have reported that they have had hundreds of students just simply walk out.

In the local Community Colleges their increase has risen as they reach their capacity in their enrollment status.

Here is an example, our very own Cerritos Community College has doubled their amount in growth for their enrollment.

Bill Farmer Vice President of Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent said “I am happy that we are serving as many students as we are and I am disappointment that we can not serve all the students who wants our classes. But the state is not paying us for every student that we are serving. We can not continue to offer classes that we are not getting paid for from the state or else we will be bankrupt.”

Farmer continues as he speaks about the legislator and his own opinion on the status of enrollment here at Cerritos College.

“However the state does not have a budget yet for next year so we do not know how much the state will allow us to grow. The governor’s propose a budget has two percent growth in it but we will not know if it will survive from the legislator. 

The legislator suppose to have the budget in by July 1. But we will  know better when he propose his revise budget in May.

How ever the legislator has been late with his budget for several years now.  So we will not know what next year will be like. My own personal opinion is that the budget will be similar to this year,”  Farmer said.

Here Dannia Hall Student Worker for Admissions said, “I feel it’s good that students are enrolling into classes daily. However, the classes may be full and that may cause some students to drop completely.”

The shift reverses five years of enrollment growth, which brought the total of enrollment to nearly 3 million last year for California Community Colleges.

Coming from a student’s perspective, Kathy Gastelum, business major, said “I think it is unfair to people that are just coming from High School and they get turned around telling them that we have reach full capacity and there is no more room for enrollment try in the fall.”

Gastelum added, “I had a plan to enroll into some specific classes but I could not get in because it was too full. I wanted to also take classes towards my major as a backup plan but I could not do that either. So, now I have to see if I could enroll into those classes next semester.”

Stephen Johnson Vice President of Student Services/Assistant Superintendent speakabout how he personally feels about the enrollment status.

“The college is working hard to become successful and we try to do our best now and for the near future as well all at the same time.”