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COC still enrolling for spring

Thousands of seats still available in some 700 sections a week into semester

Posted: February 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In this Signal file photo, Winter session students head for class at College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

Unlike some recent semesters, when College of the Canyons officials scrambled to offer new courses for surging enrollment, the spring semester that began Feb. 10 still has openings available for students to take classes.

More than 5,000 student seats were available in some 700 class sections, both online and at the two campuses, when the semester began a week ago, college officials said.

Students can register for classes through Friday, according to officials.

“If you’ve been on the fence about attending classes this semester, it’s not too late to get registered,” said Jasmine Ruys, director of admissions and records at the Santa Clarita Valley’s community college.

“At College of the Canyons, students will still have access to a wind-ranging selection of available class sections this semester,” Ruys said in a statement.

Information on which courses can be added is posted on the college’s website,, according to college spokesman Bruce Battle.

Final enrollment counts for the semester aren’t yet tallied, and Battle said there may be several reasons why empty seats remain in some classrooms.

It may be that many students were unable to get into a first-option class and have not yet registered for an alternative, he said.

“Obviously there’s going to be a demand for certain core courses,” Battle said. “And maybe the first option is full but there might be seats available in another class.”

Battle said enrollment numbers are typically fluid the first few weeks of the semester but the college is “looking good” for this semester.

Still, the surplus of seats comes as something of a surprise; enrollment skyrocketed during the recession and state funding cuts to public education.

Many community colleges tend to respond to funding cuts with cuts in classes, but College of the Canyons, responding to a surge in demand, pushed enrollment to the max and added classes whenever possible.

Last semester it added dozens of new class sections after the fall semester began and doubled the number of classes offered during the winter session that ran Jan. 6-Feb. 7.

A portion of community college funding is based on enrollment.
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