Limited classes at ELAC cause frustration

By Scarlet Candelario

East Los Angeles College students require more class options during the summer and winter sessions.

While students browse the class list for winter session, students realize that there are fewer classes to choose from.

Fifty one subjects were listed, and within those 51 only the basic and introductory courses were available. It is understandable that five-to-seven week courses can be much more difficult to handle, but that doesn’t mean students shouldn’t commit to more difficult classes in order to get ahead.

General education classes are extremely limited, not one English 101 class was offered. Electives were much more severe, with almost no options to choose from for the winter session.

Students planning to take a creative writing, photography or an anthropology class beyond the 101 level much to their disappointment found that those classes weren’t offered.

Furthermore, English was only offered for the 21, 26 and 28 courses, but Anthropology 101 was listed as an option.

East Los Angeles has experienced budget cuts that have resulted in fewer classes. While the cuts are understandable, it should not be at the expense of students’        educational needs.

Serious and determined students take advantage of the five-week course in order to graduate and transfer on time.

The budget should be handled with students’s priorties in mind.  There are many other expenses that go into maintaining a functioning college campus, but limiting class options comes as a great inconvenience to students.

Students who are not able to add a class during the summer or winter session are forced to put their plans on hold, which can be detrimental to their future.

A survey would be helpful to find out what classes students need. Knowing which courses to include in both sessions would give students more essential classes.

Even though summer and winter sessions have a shorter time span, students will jump at the opportunity to take any class that is available.

The option of taking a five or seven week course would be advantageous, especially when students are so close to transferring and graduating.

ELAC student Laura Hernandez said that while searching for classes for the winter session, she noticed a lack of classes.

“I wanted a U.S. history class but all the sections were closed. Now, I have to wait until next semester for the class,” Hernandez said. Since Hernandez couldn’t find a class she needed, she had to settle for a speech class that was available. She wasn’t happy and wished there were more classes.

ELAC alumna Martha Hernandez was not so lucky. She was hoping to return to campus during winter break to take a sociology class at a cheaper price. Classes, to her surprise, were very limited. “There was almost nothing listed,” she said.

Students that strive with ambition  get ahead in their college careers faster, and they are always on the lookout for open classes that they can take.

Students register for the summer and winter sessions to get ahead in their scholastic career. Whether it is to transfer to a four-year college quicker, acquire a certificate in a certain trade, or any other necessity. Most students want to finish with their schooling as quick as possible.

Their drive, however, is sometimes slowed down due to lack of classes during the summer and winter sessions.

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