Prop 30 Means More Classes for Mt. SAC Students

The funding from the passage of the tax-hike measure is enabling the college to add 130 class sections this spring semester.

The passage of Proposition 30 means more class offerings for Mt. San Antonio College students.

College officials announced this week that funding provided by the passage of the measure in November has enabled the campus to add 130 classes.  Those additional sections will open up 4,000 seats in classes, providing access to 1,000 students, officials said. Online registration for the spring semester began Wednesday.

“The passage of Proposition 30 not only saved us from cuts totaling $8.6 million, but provided $1 million in new money for Mt. SAC to add 130 course sections for the spring semester,” said Mt. SAC President Bill Scroggins in a news release. “If Prop. 30 had failed, Mt SAC would have denied access to over 8,000 students. Instead, with this new Prop. 30 money, we will be opening our doors to 1,000 more students.”

Proposition 30, also referred to as the School and Safety Protection Act, involves a four-year, quarter-cent increase to the state’s sales tax. The measure, which earned just over 55 percent of the vote in the November election, also raises personal income tax on Californians who earn more than $250,000 a year for the next seven years.

Some local school districts, including Walnut Valley Unified, have said that the passage of .

Community colleges apprear to have fared better.

Mt. SAC plans to add sections in the areas of highest demand to aid students trying to complete transfer requirements, finish courses for degrees and certificates, or accelerate their progress through writing, math, and reading classes, officials said.

Also to be added are classes in chemistry, biology, math, English, and speech, as well as general education courses needed for transfer, including political science, history, earth sciences, and psychology. The spring schedule also will included additional career preparation classes in nursing, child development, and hotel and restaurant management.

“It is the college's goal to support students in their need to meet their educational goals in a more timely way and to provide courses for students needing to begin their education at Mt. SAC,” said Mt. SAC Vice President of Instruction Virginia Burley.

The college plans to print the added classes in an addendum to the spring class schedule and make that available on the Mt. SAC website and the student portal next week.

The spring semester begins Feb. 25.

Michael January 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM
What a huge waste of money given their HORRIFIC graduation rate of 25.3%. So roughly 75% of the money spent is wasted. Plus the statistic is generous in that it is measured after 3 years- for a 2 year degree! If you failed 75% of the time in YOUR job you would be fired, but a 25% success rate is just fine in government education. How pathetic. http://reason.com/blog/2012/08/22/californias-for-profit-two-year-schools
Vito Spago January 18, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Mt SAC is high school continuation. If kids were smart they would go to 4 year schools where their degrees mean something.
Vito Spago January 18, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Mt SAC is high school continuation. If kids were smart they would go to 4 year schools where their degrees mean something.
Just a Teacher January 18, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Funny that Prop. 30 gave Mt. Sac more classes, but for WVUSD it resulted in wanting 24 furlough days. Go figure.
jay January 18, 2013 at 03:38 PM
another positive story to help struggling kids and families of the area and the usual suspects once again spin it in their typically negative and toxic ways. please move to vegas and complain about buffet food and smoking. please.
Vito Spago January 18, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Love how you talk about struggling families. I seriously doubt if families are struggling other than from the taxes, fees and other costs that the government places on them. Families are struggling to get ahead. Aren't we all, that is the American way. When we lose our jobs, we go find a new one, Hardly a struggle. Popular liberal word there. Community colleges have more in common with high schools than they have with 4 year universities. Kids need to be made aware of this. There is a cost to them going to a community college other than the tuition money they supposedly 'save'.
GammaUt January 18, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Michael, imagine you ran a business and the law required you to hire everyone who applied: smart and dumb, industrious and lazy, honest and deceitful, high school grads and non-grads, English-speaking and not, model citizens and convicted felons. How good would your business be? How many people do you think you'd fire? Community colleges take everyone. Yes, only 25% graduate. But compare this to a more selective system, like CSU. CSU admits the top 33% of high school students. After six years, 52% have earned a degree. Think about those numbers. Some more food for thought: Students who transfer to CSU do better. After four years at CSU, 66% of CC transfers graduate; after six years, it jumps to 72%. Some of these students weren't in the top 33% of CA high school students to begin with. Think about it. http://www.asd.calstate.edu/gradrates/index.shtml I could also address the flawed logic in your "75% of the money spent is wasted" remark, but these boxes aren't all that big. Instead I'll let you find those flaws on your own.
alan haskvitz January 19, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Vito, In regard to your comments about kids who are smart going to four year colleges and the others go to community colleges: I went to junior college and my best friends went to junior college. It isn't about being bright, it is about not having the financial means. It is also about wanting to take the opportunity to explore different options not necessarily available at four year colleges such as aviation. It also gives students a chance to get used to a college setting and classes. That is why they do well when they transfer to four year schools. Oh, my best friends include the president of a major college university, head of an airline, and a presidential appointment. Proud to say that I was Chaffey College's outstanding alumnus whose parents were farm workers.
Michael January 19, 2013 at 02:33 AM
GammaU, Incorrect, I'll have to give you an F. There are requirements to attend a JC (High School diploma, GED, etc). so the standards for entry are failing, obviously. You site a 6 YEAR statistic as some kind of success for a 2 year degree??? Let's just keep moving the goal post! You are very mislead, willingly I suspect, by the Government Educational Complex that wants to keep this expensive child care going to maintain their $150K salaries and pensions. If what you claim is true, why did the JC leaders ADMIT a 70% failure rate? (mighty close to the 25% stat, see link) The money is absolutely wasted because the student did not achieve the degree and wasted space and resources that could have been spent for trade schools or other areas of education. http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/11/17/21036/colleges-graduation/ Note: I'm not trying to convince you of anything, you are an Obama government-can-do-no-wrong Kool-Aid drinker, these comments are for other readers.
jay January 19, 2013 at 04:22 AM
way to go alan and good for you. the truth is that our community college system remains a model for others worldwide. and it is a job engine for many technical fields far too numerous to mention. among this huge student body to your point are both the gifted ones like you and those who are trying to better their lot in life. many are the first to try any college at all from their families. let's cheer them rather than disparaging them. thanks for sharing.
GammaUt January 19, 2013 at 07:16 AM
Michael, first some corrections. A high school diploma is not required to attend a California Community College (CCC) as you stated. The requirements are (1) to be at least 18 years of age and (2) to be able to benefit from instruction. Students without a high school diploma may still benefit from instruction; in fact, many earn a GED while at a CCC. I cited a six-year statistic for CSU, not CCC. I did not disagree with the fact that 75% of CCC students fail to earn a degree after three years. Rather, I disagree with your remark that "75% of the money spent is wasted." Now, some thoughts. First, I imagine you're outraged that success in a four-year degree program is measured at the six-year mark, just as you're outraged that a two-year program is evaluated at the three-year mark. So be it. For what it's worth, life happens: classes get cut, students change degree programs, and yes, sometimes students fail a class or two along the way. ...
GammaUt January 19, 2013 at 07:21 AM
... Second, the fact that 75% of CCC students fail to earn a degree after three years does not equate to a 75% failure rate. CCCs do many things, chief among them: (1) they prepare students for transfer into four-year baccalaureate programs, and (2) they confer degrees. The 25.3% graduate rate you cite reflects degrees awarded, not successful transfers. Those two-year degrees aren't required for admission to UC, CSU and private universities. For a student on a transfer path, Vito was right: an AA or AS degree "means nothing." But this is all beside the point. I do not disagree with 75% per se. It's the notion that three-quarters of money spent is wasted. I imagine that you, Michael, believe that a degree conferred in a timely manner is the sole metric of success. Others would argue that state-funded post-secondary education exists to create productive members of society, an informed, thoughtful citizenry that works, pays taxes and advances society. This can't be evaluated pass-fail, nor can it be measured by a single data point. The answer is an aggregate of the stories of those who went through the system, people like Alan Haskvitz and his friends.


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