Summer school gains popularity at LTCC
Summer vacation is now summer cramming.
Lake Tahoe Community College’s enrollment has increased during the traditional school vacation, according to Lori Gaskin, vice president of academic affairs and student services.
“Each year we grow ever so gradually but this has been a nice little spurt of growth,” Gaskin said.
Enrollment is up 11 percent from last year. At the end of the first week of summer school last year there were 1,862 students enrolled, while this year at the same time there is a 2,063 enrollment, Gaskin reported.
More students are taking classes in math, art, physical education, Spanish and theater.
“We’re delighted overall that we’re meeting the needs of our community and students,” Gaskin said.
One decline is foreign languages other than Spanish, such as French.
Nancy Bodley, 39, from Tahoe City, was studying prealgebra in front of the college on a patch of shady grass Tuesday. She got a B on her last test and wanted to make up for it.
She decided to enroll in summer school because of the smaller classes.
“If you only take one class you get to play in the afternoon,” she said.
Inside the student union, Corinne Mitchell, 20, was waiting for her ride after her English class ended. In a couple months she plans to transfer to San Diego State University.
“I really like the school here so I want to take as many classes as I can,” she said.
Gaskin is excited about the enrollment numbers since the college is opening a new gymnasium and culinary arts/cafeteria building.
“We’re just hoping this is the beginning of bringing more people on campus,” she said.