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.