VALENCIA – Many incoming freshman and return students noticed something troubling while trying to register for classes this semester: there weren’t any left.
The current recession is hitting businesses nationwide and College of the Canyons is not exempt.
The school was forced to cut classes, both on campus and online, to try to relieve the economic crunch the state and nation is currently facing. The lack of classes available is linked to the state’s budget crisis, which will continue as long as it takes the legislature to complete it.
They are currently overdue by 70 days and the delay is costing the state more than $50 million a day. The Governor’s website has a running counter.
College of the Canyons currently has about 25,000 students, with 14,000 of those being full-time. But the school is currently spending money they may or may not have seeing as the budget is still up in the air.
But Jasmine Ruys, the school’s Director of Admissions, Records and Public Services, says the situation is out their control and that they sympathize with students, who have been loaded with complaints.
“We’re just as frustrated by it. We would love to be able to offer the classes that the students need. These students, it’s procrastinating their ability to graduate, to transfer, to get a job,” said Ruys.
Incoming freshman are having trouble finding classes on a two-day-a-week schedule or beginning college in general. Transfer students are having difficulty grabbing the last few classes they need to leave. An array of students are having trouble staying full-time to keep their health insurance benefits.
For the short term, COC Vice President of Instruction Mitjl Capet said that the future isn’t looking bright, but urges that the school will eventually get out of it.
“We are blessed in having a Chancellor who knows the system,” said Capet of school Chancellor Dianne Van Hook. “I think this is her third go-round with this type of recession. And she always keeps reminding us we do come out of it.”
Capet said that the school is having fewer students dropping classes due to the lack of availability and he recommends others to do the same. Ruys also suggested grabbing anything available and being as flexible as possible in terms of scheduling.
As far as members of the school taking pay cuts, Capet stated that none of the school management have received a raise in more than three years.**[Correction]
Stay tuned to CougarNews.com for updates on the current state budget crisis.
**[Correction] A previous version stated the word “administration” instead of “management.”