The Butte College campus is alive once again as students return for spring semester. But they'll soon notice something didn't return with them this year, and that something is classes, 128 of them to be exact. " With the limited resources we have, it literally requires us to ration the services and classes we have", said Butte College Student Service Vice President Allen Renville.
In the last four years, Butte College has had to drop more than 400 classes and has had it's state budget reduced by nearly six and a half million dollars. Since last spring semester, another 128 classes were cut from the list, and now students are having a hard time getting the courses they need. " It's frustrating a lot because a lot of these classes that are full are the ones we really need, like my math class, it's the biggest one I need, because you need your math and your english classes", said Butte College Student Whitney Bell.
Long lines wrap through the admissions department as hopeful students try and get their names added to rosters of classes that are already filled up. " I woke up at midnight just stressing, like I need to get some classes set, I've been up since then just trying to figure out how to get classes", explained Butte College Student David Chatoff.
Meanwhile, a new state reform that would give priority registration to first-time students and students making progress toward their academic goals sits before the legislature awaiting approval. Many students say reforms like it are necessary to help streamline them towards getting their degree. " That's why we're here, because all of us want to go a little further in life you know, to get the money we need, but if they keep cutting, then a lot of kids will just drop out and not even try anymore", said Bell.
Enrollment at Butte College is down nearly six percent this year, and many feel if changes aren't made on a higher level, the students will continue paying the price. " Definitely a rough road ahead, unless the state economy turns around a little more quickly then it is, we'll probably be in this situation for the next few years", explained Renville.