January traditionally is a busy time at Glendale Community College, with students returning from the holiday break for an intensive six-week winter session designed to help them earn credit and accelerate their studies.
But the campus will remain mostly quiet this month after officials eliminated winter classes as a cost-saving measure amid ongoing state cuts to education funding. It is the first time Glendale Community College has not offered the session since it was introduced in 2002.
Classes will resume with the start of the spring semester on Feb. 13.
“There are students on campus, but significantly fewer when compared to this time last year,” President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay said. “I have seen new students in the admissions line as many realize the earlier they get enrolled and through the matriculation process, the sooner they will be able to register for spring.”
The Glendale campus has plenty of company. According to a survey conducted last year by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, 24% of college districts that responded said they had eliminated their 2012 winter session entirely. Another 24% said they significantly reduced the number of winter session classes offered.