Additional classes added to Spring 2013 schedule

Approximately 150 courses will now be available to students that had previously been cut, according to Pierce College officials.


50 classes will be added to the already published spring 2013 catalog, and will be identifiable by their dark blue text, instead of the traditional black, according to the press release.


Students will also have access to 100 courses during the summer 2013 session.


“Our scheduling advisement committee has recommended 50 classes be added in spring, and 100 in summer,” said Anna Davies, Vice President of Academic Affairs according to the press release. “I have accepted that recommendation and we are moving forward to make additions to spring.”


The addition of the classes comes from the passage of Proposition 30 back in November which allocated $5 million to  Pierce.


The passing also means that the college now was a balanced budget for 2012-13 academic year, according to officials.


Raja Pile, 30, a communication disorder major, finds comfort in the addition of classes, she feels that some classes should take priority over others.


“Biology, there’s not enough and people always need that,” Pile said. “I barely got into the class this semester.”


College President Kathleen Burke-Kelly understands these concerns.


“We are putting classes for spring back in across the board, in a wide variety of subjects,” said Pierce College President Kathleen Burke-Kelly according to the press release.


Still Pile has some concerns.


“I couldn’t get into statistics to save my life,” Pile said.


There will be new additions to the math department according to Dean of Academic Affairs, Donna Mae Villaneuva.


“We are now able to offer art, music, and theatre classes that had been cut, plus more English, communications, biology, environmental science, history, philosophy, statistics along with career and technical education courses such as business, electronics and photography,” Villaneuva said.


There will also be a longer summer session, which was previously five weeks.


“The eight-week sessions are especially helpful in the skill-building classes like English and math,” said Burke-Kelly. “Students do better in these when they have more time.”


What is uncertain is how long the effects will last.


Frank Sorano, an 18-year-old undecided major does not have high hopes for the longevity of the resolution.


“This will only last until the next election,” Sorano said.

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