PALM DESERT – The economy is taking money from schools and opportunities from students.
“My friends at other colleges complain, because they can’t take summer school classes,” said student Neil Holtzhausen.
Colleges around the country are offering fewer or no summer courses to save money, but, at College of the Desert, it’s a priority to save classes.
“We have too many students who would have to travel far if we cut summer school classes,” John Loera, COD Dean of Enrollment Services, said.
As many colleges in the state cut enrollment, more students enroll at COD.
“Students want to start college as soon as possible,” says Loera.
This year COD had record enrollment. Now summer classes are filling up fast. With an increase in students and a decrease in the budget, it’s getting difficult to stretch the funds.
“We’ve been planning this summer for a year,” says Loera.
The college made cuts so it can afford to keep the regular summer session running from June 15th to August 6th.
“I’m glad I can sign up,” says Holtzhausen.
While colleges struggle financially, so do students. In addition to financial aid, COD is offering payment plans.
“We hope that will help the students,” says Loera.
While educators battle budgets, students look for ways to get ahead. In the race for success, it’s a race to the finish line.
“I’m trying to get credits as soon as possible,” says Holtzhausen.
College of the Desert is still enrolling students for summer school classes. Educators urging students to apply and register now, before classes fill up.
For more information on summer courses at COD, log on to www.collegeofthedesert.edu.