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IVC sees 4 percent hike with enrollment of 6,743

August 22, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

If it seemed more crowded than usual on the first day of classes at Imperial Valley College, there's a reason for it.

For the first time in three years, IVC's enrollment was up at the start of the semester. Enrollment numbers rose by 284 students over the first day of classes last year, said IVC Dean of Admissions Sandra Standiford.

"The last three years have been either flat or down," Standiford said.

The 4 percent increase over last year's number brings the total number of students enrolled in at least one class to 6,743.

After recent critical cuts in state funding for community colleges, boosting enrollment is especially important. Rising numbers could make IVC the recipient of growth funds from the state, Standiford said.


"That would be very beneficial because of the cuts from the budget this year," Standiford said.

The official enrollment numbers used for reporting purposes and to receive growth funds are taken on the Monday of the semester's fourth week. IVC faces the possibility many students will drop out before then and therefore not be counted.

"We hope we can keep these students," Standiford said.

IVC President Gilbert Dominguez said while the additional students can cause some crowding, he and the college would prefer working to meet those challenges rather than have lower enrollment.

Dominguez said he thinks four-year colleges and universities may be part of the reason for the increase in enrollment.

"Four-year colleges are getting very expensive," Dominguez said.

"I think a lot of people are recognizing this is a good way to get your first years' credits," Dominguez said.

Whether you're looking to transfer later to a four-year school or brushing up on job skills, if you were thinking about taking a class at IVC this fall, you still have a chance.

For those procrastinators out there, IVC is enrolling students today and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and again from 5 to 8:30 p.m.. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday is the final chance to enroll.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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