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Wait list awaits high school students

As COC reduces course offerings, teens will find it harder to register for classes

Posted: July 27, 2009 10:14 p.m.
Updated: July 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
High school students interested in getting a jump start on college classes next school year will most likely run into wait lists and closed classes as College of the Canyons reduces course offerings.

"The lack of classes and late registration priority is going to make a major difference in the number of students who can register for classes," said Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The community college has reduced its fall semester sections by 12 percent in response to an $11 million 2009-10 budget shortfall.

"It doesn't mean high school students won't get any classes," said college spokeswoman Sue Bozman. "It just means that there's going to be more competition and fewer seats available."

COC classes that are popular among Hart district students include government and economics, language, science and math classes, said David LeBarron, director of curriculum.

For instance, a student who maxes out on the Hart district math course sequence could take the next course in the sequence at COC.

"It's a great way to start your college courses," LeBarron said.

Also, "College of the Canyons has been offering a lot of enrichment kind of classes that we could no longer afford in summer school," Willett said.

In the past, some 1,000 Hart district students a year have enrolled at COC while also attending local high schools.

The number of Hart district students taking classes at COC has been about 1,300, up from 1,000 a few years ago, Willett said.

Registration for high school students opens Aug. 11 and runs until Aug. 22, well after new and returning college students.

Students at Academy of the Canyons - the Hart district's middle college high school - have their own priority registration and are less likely to be affected by reduced course offerings.

Willett said the Hart district has notified parents of the changes in the community college's fall semester. COC has a notice on its Web site about class reductions.

Many students choose College of the Canyons classes because they fit better into their schedules and knock off high school and college requirements at the same time, LeBarron said.

The reduction in classes will most likely be more of an inconvenience for local high school students.

"This should not keep students from graduating," LeBarron said.

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