California’s Community Colleges Enrollments are Booming

From the Sacramento Bee:

Jobs, incomes, house prices and government revenues all may be declining, but California’s community colleges are seeing a sharp bump in enrollment – three times as great as the state budget anticipates and finances.

Jack Scott, chancellor of the community college system, says a survey found enrollments up at 103 of the state’s 110 two-year colleges with an overall gain of 6.4 percent, about 150,000 students, over last year.

“These enrollment reports are confirming what college leaders have been saying from the beginning of the academic year – the demand for community college education and training is surging,” Scott said. “With statewide unemployment at 11.2 percent, California’s displaced workers are pursuing the training they need to get back in the workforce. The colleges are also seeing more demand from students who were not able to enter the University of California or California State University due to restricted admissions.”

The current state budget provided financing for a 2 percent enrollment increase, meaning colleges are taking in students for which they lack direct financing. That, college officials said, means overflowing classrooms and long waiting lists for classes.


63 Responses to “California’s Community Colleges Enrollments are Booming”

  1. 1 lalves May 3, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    This article is very true and relates to Saint Mary’s tremendously. By just looking at deposits paid for freshman coming to Saint Marys compared to those at the same time last year, the number is half. This shows that people can no longer afford the expensive private schools and are resorting to community colleges to get their education. What this means is that Saint Mary’s is either going to have to cut tuition in order to make the demand higher and keep its profits, or increase tuition to make up for the lack of people enrolling here.

  2. 2 wallacej May 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    It is very hard with our economy the way it is to pay for school. California community colleges are great ways to get an education at a cheap price. This will create more competition in the workforce with people looking for jobs. I also agree that this will affect St. Mary’s college freshman enrollment because of the cost. It will be interesting to see what St. Mary’s will do over the next couple of years.

  3. 3 el Bouzkouri Youssef May 3, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    I agree too, and I think that’s why Saint Mary’s college increased its tuition by only 2% this year, and almost all the other schools increased their tuition by almost 10%. They have been increasing their tuition by more than 8% for the last 30 or 40 years. The reason why they are increasing it by only 2% is because they know that people would not be able to afford it next, so they are trying to get as many students as possible !

  4. 4 Genine Lobo May 3, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    It is not very surprising the enrollment at community colleges has dramatically increased over the years. For the recently unemployed in California, going to a community college is a great way for them to improve or learn new information to return to the workforce. Furthermore, children of recently unemployed parents may also begin their college curriculum at a community college to finish their GE courses and transfer into a 4-year college to save money. Just as the other bloggers brought up, Saint Mary’s enrollment rate has also dramatically decreased and it will be very interesting to see what Saint Mary’s will do in reciprocation to this decrease.

  5. 5 Tom Jones May 4, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    In the economic recession many people do not have the funds to pay for a four year college or university. Therefore many people fall back on to community colleges which can be paid in the hundreds of dollars. As well this helps the workforce because many people can get a simple GE and then transfer into a 4 year or go out into the work force which helps our economy. Community colleges give a way for someone without money to obtain the education needed to work and also save money at the same time.

  6. 6 wordtown May 4, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    It’s good to hear that people are starting to go back to school to better themselves. In today’s world there’s nothing like having a good education. The competition is so high in today’s world and it is only getting higher with people enrolling into community colleges. With more and more people trying to get an education, you got to stay on your toes or else you’ll be left behind.

  7. 7 nancy moussa May 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    with our economey being the way it is I think that families are struggling to afford sending their kids off to college. Community college is a great way to save money and muture at the same time. I think that community colleges are actually helping to raise the competition level of getting into 4 years and recieving a good education.

  8. 8 Marilyn Monroe May 5, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Since the unemployment rate is at an all time high people are unable to afford costly schools. A community college is the best way to save money and get an education. Private schools, such as Saint Mary’s College of California will eventually need to lower their tuition in order to have more applicants or they will need to raise their tuition to make up for the lack of money. Competition getting into expensive schools will definitely be less because it won’t be who has the best GPA or who is the better athlete. Expensive schools will accept students who come from wealthy families and are able to pay the next four years of their college education.

  9. 9 Euan Brown May 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    The increase in people attending community colleges is not a surprise at all. The current economic climate means that people simply cannot afford to send there kids to a university for 4 years. Especially at a college such as st marys. As said above st marys have limited there increase in tuition fees this year and it is good to see that they are responding to the current economic conditions

  10. 10 Luis A. May 5, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    it is great to know that there has been an increase of students this year. however, that means it is going to be very difficult for other students to get into college right after high school. on the the other hand, it is beneficial for those who get it especially when other colleges are getting too expensive. its hard to see if this is a good thing or a bad thing. but one thing i understand is that our economic problems are shifting things that were balanced.

  11. 11 B's May 5, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    These numbers don’t surprise me at all. College is becoming so expensive that it makes it difficult to afford especially in the state that our economy is in and the amount of lost jobs. A majority of my friends from high school went to community colleges because they needed to save money. If private and UC schools don’t change their approach to be more affordable to the average family they will continue to see their numbers decline. We might even see a number of professors leave their universities to teach at a community college if these numbers keep up because they will need to offer more classes. Universities are hurting themselves by continuing to raise their prices. And coming from a private school like saint marys I can see why students are taking the less expensive route.

  12. 12 Kelsey Ryan May 6, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Another factor of why moer peole are enrolling in community colleges might be to save money. I personally had the opportunity to go to a State University, but i turned it down to save money. I didnt feel it was necessary to waist money at a state university when i could stay home and figure out what kind of career i wante to pursure with the same education for less! I know many other students chose this option as well.

  13. 13 Rene Martinez May 6, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    I can totally relate to this since I’m debating if i want to continue going to school hear at Saint Mary’s and instead go to a community college near home. It seems more logical with what we are facing right now. Plus i would be saving well over a 100,000$ of my parents money.

  14. 14 Leonardo Sanchez Econ 101 May 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Yes ia also agree that many people go to a community college to

    not only have time to explore what carreers to choose from but

    also to save 100’s if not 1000’s of dollars per year. i rather

    stay home and join a commuity college near me than going out of

    my way to an expensive university and spending alot of money in

    this bad economy.

  15. 15 NicoleMB May 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    I think this is great. In addition to the many reasons behind the community college boom, I know a lot of people in my circle of friends and family choose to attend community college because of money issues. I think the quality and diversity of education in community colleges is probably underrated and maybe more people are starting to see that one doesn’t have to attend a university to get a great education. The waiting list thing is a pain though. I’ve been at NVC for about five years now and by the time it was my date to enroll in a course for this upcoming summer it was already full.

  16. 16 Santi Orona May 7, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    It isn’t surprising more kids are attending community college. Community college was always a great option if students couldn’t get into a four-year university, were unsure of their academic future, or were worried about leaving home. Another obvious reason for attending a community college is money. Considering the economic climate in the United States, more students are choosing community colleges. Community colleges are a great way to continue education and save money if one is transferring.

  17. 17 Tracy Thomas May 7, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    I think that college admissions are rising because the economy is so bad and work is so hard to find these days that people are returing to school as a way to better themselves. I think often times people turn away from school because they found jobs that made a little bit of money, but now that staying employed is a lot harder than it used to be peopel are returning to education as a security blanket. When you have a degree your less concerned about losing your job because there are plenty of other jobs in demand for people with an education. In these troubling times people want security. Security is in education. Once you have an education no one can take it away from you.

  18. 18 jordan May 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    I think there are many contributing factors as to why community college enrollment is increasing. For example, the fact that it is so affordable is much more appealing than going straight to a 4-year in this economy. It also gives people who may have been out of school for many years, a chance to go back and finish their education, which will open up more job opportunities. Aside from the over-crowded classrooms, I think it’s great that enrollment is up so much.

  19. 19 mrrodenas May 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Overflowing classes and long waiting lists are undesirable and would decrease institutional efficiency and quality of education if sustained longer term. I hope the state will address this situation redirecting funds as appropriate, using the proposed stimulus money to support this Administration’s goal of supporting training and higher education. It is unnerving, in a way, that monetary policy carries such an administrative lag. Maybe fiscal policy could be implemented here, to offer relieving tax breaks to workers attending college to complete their education or update their skills.

    On the other hand, I like the fact that the spotlight is on CCs, they deserve more praise and larger investment by society for the central role that they play in our communities.

  20. 20 Michael DeBoer St. Mary's May 8, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    there is a high demand for education right now. Community College is the easiest and cheapest way of going about getting a well rounded education. Especially the way the economy is right now, it just makes more sense to enter into a CC then transfer for a higher degree rather than entering a 4 year school right away, and I believe that is what a lot of new students are doing. I wish I had done the same thing.

  21. 21 Tanisha Econ101/Tues May 9, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    I say keep enrolling! Our governor is supposed to have our back right? Roll out more education funds please… It is great that so many people are pursing education. If you are not working, you might as well go to school. It will be worth it in the end. Through knowledge, skills and that paycheck!

  22. 22 Emily Bonzi May 9, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    It makes sense that people are going back to school. Education provides the oppurtunity for a higher salary and in crunch times like these everyone is looking for a way to secure themselves financially. Even though in the short term students sacrifice time working for studies, three steps back from the painting people can see the entire picture and not just the brush strokes. Some of my highschool friends that went to work immiedatly out of college decided that they are going back to school. Jobs for people without educations are slim at the moment becuase of the financial predicament of our country. People now are starting to opt for plan B.

  23. 23 phanh May 11, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    i think that starting off at a community colleges would be best just because a lot of people cant pay for a higher lever of education for me it was better for me to start off at a community college just because it was cheap and it’s helping me get myself ready for CSU

  24. 24 Audrey Hepburn May 11, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    I think it is great community colleges are doing so well but that also means that many other colleges such as Saint Mary’s are not doing as well as the past years. If many students going to community college are serious about a college education, after two years they can initially go anywhere they want. Saint Marys and other schools will just have to take the hit for now and hope people will transfer from the community colleges as a junior to finish college. Community colleges gaining more students is good and bad. Hopefully it helps more than hurts.

  25. 25 Andrew May 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    If more and more people are going to Community Colleges, does this mean that the UC/CSU system will falter in the amount of tuition they get? If this leads to the a decline in the money that is sent to the UC/CSU system, more people will be forced to go to private colleges rather than state ones. This is a two sided issue that should be watched carefully.

  26. 26 Matthew Dimech Econ-101 May 12, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    This article is just stating the obvious. Colleges all around the state have raised their tuitions by at least 10%. With unemployment up too, adults and teens are going to junior colleges for two reasons. It’s cheaper, and they want to get back in the job force. Overall, its not a bad thing at all. In fact, i think we could benefit from it in the long run.

  27. 27 Arnulfo Solorio May 12, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Hi all,
    all the comments are great and I totally agreed with you all. Does it mean that the prestige of the community colleges will go up? I know that the enrollment fees are going up by the minute. Due to the few reasons that college fees go up a percentage per year and the economy being as it is, it just makes it harder and harder to get an education. I also know that few more students are going back to get education due to changing carriers. All of the new technology is also making a lot of students go back to update themselves in the computer business.

  28. 28 Hyo Kim May 13, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    As the article shows, California colleges/universities should lower tutition fee in order to make the demand higher, and keep their proits, or they should increase tutition fee.
    however, I assume that few good universities in CA would keep their tution fee higher, because a lots of people in other states still wants to get in those schools, no matter what.

  29. 29 Courtney G. May 13, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    I agree with the article. Community colleges are a great affordable option for students who want to attend college. It is much more practical then universities and state colleges right now because of the economy. They are a lot cheaper and you get a great education.

    St. Mary’s college will probably see an affect in their enrollment in the years to come because it is such an expensive college. Students and their families cannot afford it. Some cannot even afford Community colleges right now.

  30. 30 Lucy Hwang May 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    I’m really experiencing now. Look at the NVC! Lots of constrution, field, new classes…. Where the money from? Obiously from the tuition! I see how the economy goes down through CC’s boom

  31. 31 Gabriel Mayora (Macro-Theory SMC) May 13, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    I would have to agree with the article. Community Colleges should increase their quality of education and resources. Many students are now taking classes at their local colleges for a number of reasons. Whether it be because of financial reasons such as costs of state schools and universities. During these tough economic times, students are finding it much more financially sound to begin their general education classes at community college and then transferring. You can also account for the students at universities that take courses during the summer. They definitely notice the difference between quality of education.

  32. 32 Nirbhik Trehan May 13, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    it is not surprising to me that the enrollment in the community colleges have increased in California because many people were laid off from their job recently and now want to go back to college in order to learn what ever they did not know in order to attain a more heavy portfolio. there are children of laid off parents also joining these colleges as their parents cannot afford to pay for the private or the public universities and colleges due to the lack of money in their family

  33. 33 Jim Castilone May 14, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    I definitely think that it makes sense for more and more people to be enrolling in community college. With so many people unemployed and the job market becoming more competitive, they need more job training. This may also be a blessing in disguise because more people may be viewing college as a necessity rather than an option.

  34. 34 Casey Kingdon May 14, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    I don’t think this sharp increase in enrollment is due to only people who are trying to get education to get back in the work force, but it is also because family’s cannot afford to send their kids to a university, and first have them go to a community college to get their first two years out of the way because it’s so cheap. I think summer school also accounts for much of the enrollment in community colleges so that students may not have to take as many classes at the expensive colleges.

  35. 35 Kevin Clark St marys Macro mwf May 14, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    This is excellent for all students that have attended or are attending CSU’s or UC schools, as well as any california private school. With the abundance of people applying to Community Colleges this makes degrees from the previously mentioned colleges much more valuable. I would imagine that anyone that could afford to pay the tuition, or get a loan to do so, would pursue i degree from the more prestigious 4 yr universities. This would mean that the enrollment for the 4 yr universities should remain fairly constant through the up coming years as more people realize it is worth the cost to be rewarded with a more suitable job for the future, on the career track for success. YAYYYYYY!!!

  36. 36 tmt2 May 14, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    I’m not surprised by this and I think this makes a lot of sense. The UCs and CSUs are becoming more selective of who they let in and they are becoming very limited. I think students try out community colleges to see if they can transfer over in 2 years. I also think that for this economy, it is a wise descion to save 2 years worth of college education money from a UC or CSU. Also, people who are getting laid off or want to secure their jobs probable want to get their college degrees if they already do not have one. Attending a Community College is the quick and easy way to do so.

  37. 37 tlr7 May 15, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    I am not surprised at all that the enrollment rate of community colleges are increasing. With many people being unemployed and others being scared of it in the future, people are going to settle for a community college education instead of a big University (more expensive) college, where technically they can get the same degree. It is also very sad to see these universities having to decrease enrollment due to financial setbacks, its crazy seeing how the economy has really effected everything and everyone.

  38. 38 Jerry Ellison May 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    This is interesting after reading the article above about states offering BAs in the CC system. I think that its a good thing. However, its also interesting how our society has changed over the years. For many people now, college is a given, just another step in a persons education, whereas before it was more of a goal that someone really had to apply themselves to achieve. In some ways, i still feel that that is how it should be. Many college students don’t realize how lucky they are to get this opportunity.

  39. 39 Linda Villasenor May 16, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    This is good! More students from high school and even those who have been out of high school but did not go to college right away are realizing that in order to maintain a good paying job they need to be trained with the right skills. This will help the productivity or our country because one of the factors of productivity is technological knowledge and human capital. there will be more ideas circulating this country that will contribute to productivity. Plus right now is a good time to be in school, since the unemployment rate is high.

  40. 40 Michelle V May 16, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    This is a step in the right direction for high school graduates to do. Going to a community college will really help families struggling during these economic times. Families who cannot afford to send their children to a college on a mere cost related basis this is a great alternative for them. It is cost saving and you are still able to get a good education and move on to a university when you are finished there.

  41. 41 Cole Scharton May 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    I am very happy to see enrollment go up. It is important for people to further their education. It seems with the lack of available jobs, it has become much more competitive for work. To improve chances of job success, people are going back to school, however now that has become much more competitive. This is going to complicate things for students who are just coming out of high school. With more adults going back to school (which is a great thing), it is becoming more and more difficult to get enrolled in a CCC. This means that young adults who are just graduating high school and wanting to go to college are going to have a more difficult time, not necessarily getting enrolled, but getting the classes they need to graduate in two years. This may be why they are talking about adding a third year for a bachelors degree.

  42. 42 mike furlong May 17, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    This is good that there is a major increase in enrollment with in community colleges. Enrolling a community college program is a cheaper and easier program than simply a four year state college. The rise also collates to the many who may have lost jobs with in the economic crisis may benefit from higher educations. While this may lead to lack of available classes, it’s an overall positive aspect for current and potential students.

  43. 43 Dennis K May 17, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    With unemployment up, people are going into to school to learn more skills for the work force and hoping to get better jobs as they finish up their degrees and the economy recovers. With this overload however, I dont think the state budget can support so many students since they have been cutting alot of things. # years for a bachelor’s sounds great though.

  44. 44 Simon Kudus May 17, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    This is another sign of the times. Everyone trying to find ways to save money and education is go place to start. The best advice I got was basically try to stay in school as long as possibly by obtaining my graduated degree. This advice was given to me while I still was in high school. Looking back at it I didn’t think it was a good idea. But now it’s seems like it would be a good strategy to apply.

  45. 45 Robert LaVoy May 17, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    All these numbers tell me is that there are less people trying to obtain a higher education, such as a four year school. I guess that this could be a good thing because more people are going to be joining the work force sooner, but is this saying that our teen agers don’t believe that a 4 year school will benefit them more?

  46. 46 Ally S. May 18, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    This blog is also not too surprising. Because of the great recession our country in now experiencing, so many people just do not have the money to pay for school. While this recession isn’t bad enough, causing layoffs and job losses all across the United States, schools are continuing to raise their tuitions, which is further forcing students to drop out of their current colleges/ universities and attend junior colleges instead. Also, while these students have been forced out of their current institutions, their will and desire to receive an education is still great, so the enrollment of such colleges would thus increase.

  47. 47 Andrea Nemeth May 18, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    well what can you expect. All of a sudden everybody is going for the lower level jobs because they have lost their own jobs. people are realizing that high school grades will no longer cut it. most places are only hiring college graduates and that is where the money is now. By getting through college you get to start higher up in the hiring pile in most places and you probably get paid even more then with out it.

  48. 48 Leticia Martinez May 18, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    It doesn’t surprise me that CCC enrollment is increasing. People need to polish up their resume in a very competitive labor market and going to school to be trained in certain fields is a great way to do so. Also, restrictions on the enrollment for UC’s means many people turn to CCC’s in order to gain the education they desire. Also, with the tough economy, many families find themselves unable to afford to send their children away to school or even pulling them out of their schools because they can no longer meet the costs. In order for myself to continue paying for school, I’m going to find myself living at home next year and commuting because I will no longer be able to meet the costs of room and board.

  49. 49 Rachel Sturm May 19, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Bad economy + high tuition fees = higher community college enrollment….I dont find that surprising at all. It makes perfect sense that as we face more difficult times, people need to cut back where ever they can, and unfortuanaly, that leaves a lot of people giving up a 4 year and attending a 2 yr (not that theres anything wrong with that) It seems that whenever the economy gets bad, education is the first thing to be cut. Why is that? Would not a higher education level help the economy by creating compition and demand. the US is already falling behind in the educational world, but if we focused more on better and higher education, then not only would we have a better market in the US, but we would create compition overseas as well.

  50. 50 Pat Kolcum May 19, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Enrolling in a community college is obviously going to be a lot cheaper than compared to attending a private college such as St. Mary’s. And with the way our economy is currently hurting of course people are going to try and save their money wherever they can, this being one place. It just makes more sense to attend a community college now instead of paying close to fifty thousand a year for a private education.

  51. 51 Stephen Cassinelli May 19, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    I am not really surprised by this large rise in enrollment in California’s community college’s. With our economy the way it is, people are not looking to spend a ridiculous amount of money to attend a UC or private school when then can receive just as good as an education as a community college offers. With jobs decreasing and people getting laid off, people are trying to get quick and cheap degrees in hopes that they can find there own way into the job market. Overall having attended community college, i think it is a great way to save money and at the same time receive a great education.

  52. 52 Craig K May 20, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    The more college enrollments California gets, the better. There is nothing but positives when it comes to new students getting into college. More educated people will increase the economy, and by throwing more money into the schools systems they will be able to afford better teachers. However some schools, St. Mary’s I think being one, will stack the money for future projects instead of use it to build a better learning place. Overall, more students will mea more capable workers and a lower unemplyment rate, fro the 11,2% we are at now.

  53. 53 Carl Hernandez May 22, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    This is a good thing and a smart move to do also, by going to a community college first right after high school not only will save you a lot of money it will also give you time to mature and prepare you for a 4 year atleast this is what i felt has happened to me. with the economy bad as it is i wont be surprised to have it boom even more.

  54. 54 Andrew Curry May 25, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    I wonder if people are going to the community colleges more becasue they can not afford to go to a 4 year college. i dont know if that means that more students are attending school or more people are jsut haveing a hard time paying tuition. i hp this does not make it harder for me and others to transfer into schools after our 2-3 years at the CC are up…

  55. 55 T May 25, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    This trend will probably fluctuate with the economy since there is probably strong correlation between the two.

  56. 56 Claudio Ramirez May 26, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    The community college route is a good option for alot of reason and it does correlate directly with the state of the economy too. the cost of 4 year institutions prive or public have a huge impact of the decision of more students choosing to attend community college and then transfer. You gain experience and save money, not a bad option at all.

  57. 57 Alejandro Cortez August 3, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    The fact that community college enrollment is surging is not surprising. It is a sign that people who were displaced because of the recession, are not just waiting for a handout: they are going back to school and trying to re-enter the job market with more training and education. This should be a signal to policy markers that education should be move to the forefront of the national and state political agendas. Now is the time to encourage people to receive more training and education, by supporting our educational system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We are cutting the education budget, and in turn, discouraging potential students.

  58. 58 Stacey Smarker August 5, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    This article is very ture. With the high unemployment rate and the demand for higher educated employees, many are returing to school to receive that education to get thier job back, or a new job. I think that education will be benifical to those that go back to school. There are many students that come form families that dont have that education and it will only help them to get the better job or higher wage in the long run.

  59. 59 E. Speizer August 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    It’s great that more kids are exploring the junior college route to save some money and perhaps get into more prestigious colleges than they would have directly from high school. However, as I know personally, classes are getting harder to get into, and with budget cuts, many classes are getting cancelled. Simply put, community colleges can’t handle the overflow of students in addition to the budget cuts that are occuring.

  60. 60 Anna Chkhikvishvili December 6, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Well of course most people want to go to community colleges. It is ridiculous the amount of money one has to pay to be able to attend a high level college. It is good because the students dont have to spend too much money on education. It is bad because classes are overflowing and not enough space is available for everyone. The best thing would be to give more money to community colleges so they can provide more equipment for students.

  61. 61 Nick Pasquale December 6, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    It makes sense that Enrollment is booming because students often choose to go to community colleges and then transfer to a four year and finish off their degree so that they save a lot of money. Also many students may just be going to get a degree or job training only from a community college which according to the numbers still offers more pay then it would with just a high school diploma.

  62. 62 Rochelle Galzote December 14, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    The enrollment for colleges are booming because many people can’t afford to go to a state or a uc . People still want to get an education so they go to a community college where they can get an education and also be able to pay for it.

  63. 63 Ryan Moura May 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    This is not surprising to me at all, especially in this economy. With the constant cuts all across California many students have found sanctuary in the community college system. Schools are so impacted and overflowing with students, plus the length of education is taking longer with each year. I know about this first hand because I am also currently enrolled at Sonoma State which is so impacted and tough tot get any classes, it is absolutely ridiculous. When you have these two factors going into play, it combines for a booming enrollment in community colleges so students can get a quality education, save money, and set up for a school down the road.

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