|Students attend the first day of classes today on the Menifee Valley campus of Mt. San Jacinto College.|
"I decided to come here because I want to be a police officer and go on to get a four-year degree," Clarkston, 18, said.
MSJC began offering more high-demand classes, such as college-level English and math, through a variety of strategic measures, such as cutting down on the classes that do not lead to a degree or transfer to four-year universities. This change cost no additional money to the district and helps students by offering them the classes they need to reach their goals.
"Mt. San Jacinto College learned a lot during the economic crisis," Superintendent/President Roger Schultz said. "Our instructional team became very lean and efficient. They were able to strategically deliver the courses students need for degrees or to transfer without imposing additional costs on MSJC.
"This also helps the students save money because they can get through the two-year system faster. MSJC will continue to operate in this efficient manner because it is fiscally responsible and supports the success of our students.”
The efficiency during the regular academic year will allow MSJC to hold a solid summer session in 2014.
Samara Cuthbert of Hemet is in her eighth month of pregnancy, but is so close to getting her degree, she made sure she signed up for the classes she needed.
"The classes I’m taking are hybrid, so I can do schoolwork from home," Cuthbert, a child development and education (CDE) major, said. "I’m taking my last CDE class and math."
Enrollment numbers fluctuate as students add, drop or take late-start classes. The official enrollment figures come out at the end of each semester.
MSJC is a comprehensive community college that is part of California’s 112-community college system. A single college District, MSJC serves a 1,700-square mile area from the San Gorgonio Pass to Temecula. MSJC serves students throughout this region from the San Jacinto, Menifee Valley and San Gorgonio Pass campuses, the Temecula Education Complex and many off-site locations.
|MSJC student Samara Cuthbert gets help from Rosa Jimenez at the Eagle Access Center on the San Jacinto Campus.|