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Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

AVC adds more classes

Antelope Valley College has added more than 150 classes to its fall semester schedule following passage of a state budget that had less drastic cuts than originally proposed.

With the state continuing to cut higher education budgets, college officials reduced course offerings in the last two years in spite of record enrollments and continued demand for classes. AVC enrollment peaked at 16,017 in fall 2009 before class cuts dropped enrollment to 14,527 in spring 2011.

“Student demand for classes continues to exceed what we can provide, but at least we’re able to add some classes to help meet the need,” said Steve Standerfer, director of public and governmental relations.

Officials had planned for a worst-case budget scenario that did not materialize.

“If state revenues don’t meet projections, it’s possible we could see a mid-year budget cut and further course reductions. However, this is what we have for now,” Standerfer said.

The college is currently registering students for fall semester, which begins Aug. 22.