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Citrus College started its fall term with its highest student enrollment in three years and an increase in class offerings, forging ahead with a bright outlook for the upcoming year.
During the first week of the 2013 Fall Semester, Citrus College reported 13,530 students enrolled in credit and noncredit classes – an increase of 13.9 percent over last year. The College also reported that course sections grew by an impressive 22.9 percent. Additionally, Citrus anticipates an increase in course offerings during the winter and summer sessions.
“It’s been a tough few years, but we are finally rebounding and are able to offer our students who are so eager to learn the chance to take the classes they need and move on to the next phases of their education and professional careers,” said Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. “We still have a lot of work to do to get where we were before the recession hit, but we’re on our way and I’m positive that students will greatly benefit. Thank you to the voters of California for affording our students much needed opportunities.”
The passage of Proposition 30 in November 2012 enabled Citrus to add more than 200 class sections to the fall schedule and become one of only 24 colleges planning to offer winter sessions. Its increased enrollment also reflects the fact that more students are getting the classes they need to earn an associate degree, receive a career/technical certificate or transfer to a four-year college or university.
“Citrus has received some of the highest marks in the state as we work to augment our transfer degree program to ensure it fosters student achievement and elevates our role as a College of Completion,” said Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D. “I again thank the voters for supporting Proposition 30, which has allowed us to provide these academic offerings.”
Citrus College offers associates degrees in 43 areas of study; certificates of achievement and skill awards in 42 career/technical programs; and 14 transfer degrees – among the highest in the state. The top five majors at Citrus are Social and Behavioral Sciences; Biological and Physical Sciences/Mathematics; Business; Fine and Performing Arts; and Language Arts.
Citrus has also been named one of the nation's top degree and certificate producing two-year institutions by Community College Week from 2007-2013. The College was also listed among the top 50 community colleges in the nation by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education from 2010-2013.