AVC gets more money, students to get more classes

Posted: December 3, 2012

Christmas will come early this year for Antelope Valley College students seeking classes.

After three years of state budget cuts forced elimination of many classes and pared enrollments, the community college is expected to add dozens of classes to its intersession that begins Jan. 2. In addition, students will find more course sections added to the spring semester that begins Feb. 6.

The classes are due to be posted to the college’s schedule – available online -- on Wednesday (Dec. 5).

“This is a great thing for our students. After years of cuts, we’re finally in a position to be able to restore classes,” said Steve Standerfer, director of public and governmental relations.

Students have voter approval of Proposition 30 to thank for the additional classes.

Proposition 30 will increase the state sales tax by .25 percent and increase income taxes on those earning more than $250,000 annually. The additional tax revenue will go to public schools and community colleges.

AVC’s share of the new revenue is expected to be $4.1 million in the 2012-13 budget, according to Standerfer.

The college reached an enrollment peak of more than 16,000 students in 2009, only to see budget cuts take away seats for 2,000 students in the current semester.

“Cuts to community colleges as well as state-funded universities have made it challenging for students to complete their academic goals in a timely way. We believe there’s a lot of pent-up demand for these classes,” Standerfer said.

Students started registering for intersession and spring courses in November. Many classes have already reached capacity.

What students will find with the additions are offerings of some of the highest demand courses such as biology, communication, English, geography, health education, history, math, political science, psychology and sociology.

College officials are still refining the schedule. More detailed information should be available on the college’s website (www.avc.edu) by Tuesday (Dec. 4). Students should be able to enroll in the classes the following day (Dec. 5).

The intersession schedule, as well as a robust summer term schedule in 2013, should be close to the level of course offerings before the college was forced to make drastic cuts, according to officials.