With support from private donations and the prospects of an improving economy, Santa Monica College announced Tuesday that it will offer classes this winter, after previously deciding to scrap the six-week session because of budget cuts.
Officials said the turnabout was prompted by passage of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase measure that will allow the state's higher education systems to avoid a round of deep mid-year spending cuts. In addition, a recent report by the state Legislative Analyst's Office forecast a strong fiscal recovery.
"It was a decision about whether this was the moment to bet on the future and we basically said yes," said Don Girard, senior director of government relations and institutional communications at the Westside campus.
The winter session will begin Jan. 2, offering at least 250 classes for credit, officials said. Registration begins on Dec. 3. About 10,000 students are expected to enroll, including about 1,300 international students who pay the full cost of instruction.