Thousands of students descended on East Los Angeles College on Monday for the first day of summer session, but many of them walked away disappointed. Classroom spots were a hot commodity, and many students didn't get one.
State funding cuts have forced many of California's public colleges to severely reduce or cancel summer programs. Nowhere is the pressure felt more than in the state's 112 community colleges, where overall enrollment and course offerings have plummeted to their lowest level in 15 years.
In the huge Los Angeles Community College District, East L.A. is the only one of nine campuses offering a full slate of courses — about 329 — and that is a reduction of about 30% from previous years. The campus this year gave priority registration to continuing East L.A. students but expected hundreds, if not thousands, of other students to try to enroll.
About 13,351 spots were available in all, and 13,000 of them had been filled before Monday, officials said.