For many community college students, a full summer

Jun 23, 2013 by

Some campuses’ class offerings have increased more than 500% this session. Schools are looking to help students meet their goals faster.

For the first time in three summers, Los Angeles Harbor College bustled last week with the activity of students on the go.

Community college students hoping to speed transfer to four-year schools; UC and Cal State students looking to fulfill lower-division science and math requirements on the cheap; recent high school graduates seeking to jump-start their college education.

An algebra class was packed, and Harbor student Angie Velasquez said she was lucky to get in. Taking the summer class may shave an entire semester from the time it takes for the biology major to transfer to UC or Cal State.

“I need to get through all of my algebra classes to get to the higher levels of math,” said Velasquez, 25. “This is going to help me to transfer much faster, maybe next year.”

It was the same story around the state, as many of California’s 112 community colleges restored or ramped up summer sessions after years of budget-forced cutbacks. But it is not just about getting students in the door.

It’s also about getting them out the door.

With lawmakers and public sentiment geared toward speeding graduation and transfer, many programs this summer are more carefully planned to offer high-demand “bottleneck” courses.

Many campuses are offering back-to-back sessions with different start dates to accommodate a diverse mix of students — recent high school graduates, UC students, veterans and others. And after years of being unable to meet demand, many colleges are having to get the message to students that classes are back and have amped up marketing of their programs.

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