Santa Monica College to restore winter session
Buoyed by the success of Proposition 30, Santa Monica College announced Tuesday that it will offer a full schedule of winter classes that is expected to attract more than 10,000 students.
The six-week session will begin on Jan. 2, offering at least 250 classes for credit, officials said. Registration begins on Dec. 3.
The Westside campus had previously announced it would cancel winter offerings after suffering nearly $8 million in state funding cuts in the 2011-12 fiscal year. It joined a list of community colleges statewide that had also decided to eliminate winter as well as summer sessions because of budget cuts.
But voter approval of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-hike measure, improved the schools' budget picture, officials said. The state’s 112 community colleges will receive about $210 million in funding.
“Proposition 30 provides stability with regard to state funding,” Santa Monica College president Chui L. Tsang said in a statement. “For the good of our students and for the good of our state, we are acting now to restore our winter class offerings.”
The school is also seeking private donations to help support the winter schedule, Tsang said.
Proposition 30 calls for a quarter-cent sales tax increase over four years and an income tax hike on the states' highest earners over seven years.
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Photo: Students walk to class at Santa Monica College in September. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times