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Spots still open for summer classes at COC

Posted: May 30, 2012 3:17 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2012 3:17 p.m.

College of the Canyons still has open seats for its upcoming summer session as the community college, despite more funding hits expected from the state in coming months, officials said Wednesday.

The college's 2012 summer schedule marks a roughly 60 percent increase from last summer's class schedule and is the largest summer session to be offered at COC since 2008.

Santa Clarita Valley's only community college began summer session registration with 480 courses, many of which have been in high demand from students planning to transfer or graduate.

Since then, the community college added 34 courses to offer a total of 1,200 seats for students.

"By making the decision to increase our summer schedule, the college will be able to provide classroom seats for about 16,000 students," said Joseph Gerda, assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction at College of the Canyons. "All summer courses have also been selected based on their high demand, which allows students to register for the classes they need to achieve their educational goals."

The college's first five-week summer session runs June 4 to July 6. A second, eight-week session will run June 11 to Aug. 3, and the final five-week session will run June 18 to July 27.

With the threat of more state funding cuts to community colleges, COC officials said Wednesday there is a strong likelihood that College of the Canyons will not offer a winter intersession in 2013.

"With the level of uncertainty surrounding California's state budget, and the potential for state-mandated budget cuts to impact the college's future course offerings, students are encouraged to take advantage of this summer session to complete additional course units and get a jump start on their academic and career goals," said Audrey Green, associate vice president of academic affairs at the college.




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